2009 February | Alaska Wood Carvings

Favorite Eagle Pose

Bird wood carvings are prety fun to work on.  I got an order to do a approaching golden eagle carving for the Alaska Wild Bird Rehab Center out there in Palmer this July.

I think the guy who set me up with that job was  Keith.  Real fun.  I had a good time carving that golden eagle statue.  That turned out to be one of the best days this summer.  It was sunny, hot, no wind at all, and people were coming from all over stopping by my property out there in Indian, AK.  People were admiring all the chainsaw carvings I had.  Fish carvings, bear carvings, moose carvings, you name it.  It was a great day.  And for anyone who was in Alaska this summer we did not get many sunny pleasant days.

I loved sculpting that eagle carving though.  I think I have perfected them.  Some things I can just capture witheagle I can’t explain it…

The eyes.  You have to have realistic eyes for you eagle carving to look right.  You can make the best sculpture in the world but without the eyes it looks lifeless.  I found out about a place in Germany that makes the most detail oriented eyes I could find.  You can even see the veins.  When I put them on the eagle it comes to life.  It gives them that deep dark stare that eagles are known for.

Now unlike some of my other carvings with eagle or any bird sculptures I try to carve within the wood grain as much as possible to minimize breakage/maximize duribility.  I use my chainsaw to carve the bulk of the body but thats as far as it goes with that.  You have to use to smaller tools to do the rest.  That’s why they take so long.  The talons, beak, and wings are extremely fragile and if you use the chainsaw they have the tendency to break while you are working.  So I end up mainly using the chisel.  It especially takes some time to do each feather on the wings.  I love wood carvings that challenge me and I have to be detail oriented to make them work.  Eagles are definitely one of them.

Jordan Anderson


“aireal asault” eagles