There are lots of good bird carvers out there. Here are a few of my favorites. Most of these artists also conduct carving seminars and have instructional materials for sale.
Rosalyn Leach Daisey: Fine Wildlife Sculpture in Wood
Josh Guge. Sadly, Bob Guge, Josh's dad has passed away. Thank fully, though, Bob's skill and artistic abilities continue in his son. Josh's website can be accessed at: http://www.joshguge.com/
Jerry Simchuk: Jerry Simchuk Art Studio
Randal Martin: Wood Feathers
World of Decoys: Carvers
Tim McEachern: Nature's Wings. The Fine Art of Nature
The Woodcraft Shop
Sugar Pine Woodcarving Supplies
Cam Merkle Woodcarving
Krausman's Wildlife References & Wood Carving Studio
Wildfowl Carving Magazine
Breakthrough Magazine: Mostly for taxidermists, but includes articles on habitat and reference photos.
The Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival
California Open Wildlife Show
Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show
Pacific Flyway Decoy Association Wildlife Art Festival
The Pacific Brant Carving and Art Show
ONLINE CARVING FORUMS:
Bird Carvers Online Community. Lots of topics here. Have to register to use.
Decoy Carving Forum: Mostly decoy carving, but still lots of information for those of us who don't carve decoys.
Woodcarving Illustrated Message Board: Not just bird carving; has several forums on different aspects of
carving. Separate forum for carving animals and birds.
International Wildfowl Carvers Association.
INTERNET BIRDING SITES:
You can't carve what you don't know. The more birds you see in their natural habitat, the better your carvings will be. Pick up your binoculars, your birding scope, and bird guide and spend some quality time getting to know the birds in your favorite birding areas. Consider becoming a member of an active bird club. It will bring you into contact with people with similar interests and get you into the field to see more birds.
The next best thing to actual birding is internet birding. Here are two good photography sites with excellent bird pictures. Be careful to observe copyright laws.
Avian Gallery at Nature Photographers Online Magazine
Galleries at PBase (look for bird galleries)
SOME OF MY OTHER INTERESTS:
I have several other interests beside bird carving and birding. Since this is my web site, I have taken the liberty of creating this link to those other interests. If you are curious, click here to be taken there. There is nothing about carving or birds there though!