The Partridge in a Pear Tree is a woodcarving created by James Neill of Ozark, Missouri.
It depicts a loving group of birds enjoying each other as they sing lovely songs together.
The woodcarving is made out of pine wood. It is painted with several coats of
acrylic paint and touch stained to perfection. The carving tools he uses are all
over 40 years old. He carves and paints all the work himself.
The size of the woodcarving is 11 inches wide by 24 inches tall and one inch wide.
James Neill has woodcarved since the age of eight. He learned his craft from his Dad
and a woodcarver in Cape Cod.
You can see more of James Neill's work on this Etsy site and at www.folkartwoodcarving.com.
I started wood carving when I was 8 years old with my dad, after taking a family vacation to Cape Cod.
The folk art and americana carving I saw there inspired me because they were lively and
expressive and primitive. I carved thru college ending up with a degree in sculpture from Northern Illinois University.
I then pursued a career in advertising for 22 years, but each Christmas I carved a Santa Claus featuring
my kids and our dogs in Santa's toy bag.
Now, in my fifties, I am back at doing what I love, woodcarving. I use traditional woodcarving tools to
create each work. It starts with a block of wood, usually pine, because I love the character the knot
holes give my work. Sometimes, just a knot in the wood can inspire me...
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