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This is my personal favourite duck. I am of course biased because my Daughter wrote her Thesis where the primary subject of her studies was the Ruddy.  Also known as the ‘Butterball,’ this duck provides a stunning courtship display. The male’s bill is coloured a startling blue and stiff feathers in his tail stand upright as he shows off his prowess to the ladies in the flock. As he races towards the females, he rapidly ‘beats’ his vivid brown breast feathers with his blue bill.


Two stiff feathered ‘horns’ are displayed on his forehead, making this a most memorable courting display. These stunning and lovely birds are a delight to observe and females lay one large egg. The largest egg in the duck world in proportion to their small body size to produce a single highly precocious chick ready to take of itself right after hatching!  Nothing does it better than the natural world!

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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