Wow, Gary picked up this whole concept really, really well!
Over the past 50 years it's been lots of fun and very rewarding to share with countless people this whole concept of working with twigs and branches and a pocketknife. Folks all over the U.S., as well as in a good number of other countries, have picked up the idea and run with it. These carvers have ranged in age from 9 to 90! Here are just a few.
NOTE: The pocketknife is in many of the photos to give size perspective relative to the carvings
The wood fork rooster is no doubt the star and mascot of branch carving, probably for a number of reasons: the rooster's general popularity worldwide; the fact that the shape of a wood fork naturally coincides with the upward fan of the rooster's tail; finally, the "branch rooster" was probably one of the first thing I saw besides a slingshot fork that came from a Y. The first rooster I whittled looked like it had gotten into a fight . . . and lost! But still, it was fun, and 50 years later I'm still enjoying making the little crowing critters!
BRANCH CARVING PROJECTS
This entire "page" will basically be a wide ranging album of photos and descriptions of all kinds of carvings, figures, objects, projects, and ideas.
. . . BY OTHER BRANCH CARVERS . . .
Every single piece in the right photo came from just the branches and piece of bark in the left picture, using the Swiss Army Hiker knife. It's amazing what can emerge from a little pile of branches. Birch, which was used here, is one of the very best woods for branch carving.
Some folks prefer the roosters unpainted.