I have mentioned before that I had a background in bird carving before starting taxidermy. I have carved and competed with my birds since my mid teens. More recently teaching a few classes and contributing to bird carving publications. I just got back from teaching a 6 day class on carving and painting a Blackburnian warbler. This is carved from Basswood, as I prefer to use knives for most of the carving, but students that prefer power carving usually use Tupelo. Painting is all acrylic brushwork. Thanks for looking!