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The KingRail is a large chicken-sized bird of the marshes. The King Rail is a secretive bird as it slips through short marsh vegetation in search of crayfish, crabs, and frogs. It inhabits freshwater marshes as well as brackish waters. The Largest of the Rails, the King Rail is less common and has been placed on the endangered list due to fresh water marshes being drained. When and where it feels safe, the King rail will forage along pond and marsh banks in full view of observers. The King Rail is a bird of the East Coast from Southern Ontario to the Gulf and Mexico.

The Frame is  7" x 7" square stained Hardwood. Round opening is 5" dia. Artwork is covered with a Clear Domed glass lens.

Giving rise to an idea for a carving can be a daunting experience. Whether you’re an Author, a Painter or any other creative pursuit a project has to begin with an idea! How does an artist generate an idea for a carving subject? Almost all of my inspiration comes from the natural world and I am equally delighted by all creatures, large or small. A small Hummingbird is incredibly beautiful as is North America’s largest deer, the Moose. The fragility of a small Butterfly must convey that delicate fragility in the carving in addition to the startling beauty of its design. The power and size of the Moose must also be expressed. The final piece may take days or weeks to complete and once completed, the wood must be sealed with a durable finish and left to cure in preparation for casting a mold. The sealing and painting process must not lose or diminish any of the fine details of the hand-carved original. 

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