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Birds in Wood and Paint: American Miniature Bird Carvings and Their Carvers, 1900-1970 Hardcover – October 1, 2009

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"This thoughtfully written and well illustrated book has definitely filled the void of books on miniatures."—Decoy Magazine


"Anyone who appreciates or collects miniature American bird carvings absolutely must have this book. It will also be a must-have for persons who value non-miniature birds and decoys since several of the carvers featured did not limit their production to miniatures. . . . The more than 270 color photographs that document the work of the carvers presented in this book are of outstanding quality and provide the reader with a virtual "museum tour" of an assembly of birds that one could never hope to find in a single place. This work is a most significant addition to the growing literature of our hobby."—Hunting and Fishing Collectible


"For collectors, there's nothing more seductive than a book on their own subject. Such a book is Joseph H. Ellis's Birds in Wood and Paint: American Miniature Bird Carvings and Their Carvers, 1900-1970, which fascinates even a non-collector like me with its incredibly detailed pictures and the homage it gives their creators. There's a wonderful history of the craft-into-art form and its stars, both the feathered and the footed, which is just enough fact and just enough enthusiast -- a tough line to walk -- to make it a pleasure to read." —Lincoln County News, Damariscotta, ME


"From carving and painting decoys for hunting to support "market gunning" until it was banned in 1918 to the creation of carved birds as art, Ellis explores the transition of the audience base from sportsmen and hunters to lovers of birds of all types. Ellis concentrates on the history and styles of carvings, and the carvers, in a period of highly distinctive work."—The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles

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“This lovingly detailed new book by Joe Ellis finally brings a fascinating but little-known art form―miniature bird carving―the attention it deserves. With stories about the carvers, the history of the genre, and many photographs of the incredible carvings themselves, this book would be a welcome addition to any bird- or art-lover’s library.” (David Allen Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds)

“Joseph Ellis’ life-long interest in birding evolved later in life to afocused interest in miniature bird carvings by America’s best “whittlers.” Through dedicated research the author has become one of America’s foremost experts on the subject and has provided the world of collectors with the very first book dedicated to these talented American carvers. Mr. Ellis has a well-honed eye for these remarkable works of art and has uncovered much new information about their iconoclastic carvers, making this book a most enjoyable read.” (Ted Harmon, Decoys Unlimited)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: UPNE (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584657855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584657859
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While I am not crazy about the author's pedigree, ( a retired Goldman Sachs partner), this is one of the better studies of miniature bird carving available. The "pitchers are good!" and came from various sources, including museum collections and private contributers. Money well spent.
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Wonderfully complete and comprehensive history of northeast carvers of miniature decoys and other birds. Numerous color llustrations complement the text and contribute substantially to key identification characteristics. This very professionally edited text fills an existing void.
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Excellent book on carved miniature birds, ducks, and geese. Very informative. Excellent photography.
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