Cape Cod Bird Carving at Cahoon Museum of American Art

Cahoon Museum of American Art 

On view through October 8: At Rest, In Flight: Cape Cod Bird Carving

The art and craft of bird carving has an important history on Cape Cod where the Cape’s rich bird life has drawn both bird watchers and carvers alike. This exhibition surveys the history of bird carving from decoys to the change of the craft into a unique art form.

Programs in conjunction with the exhibition:

Tuesday, September 12 at 11:00am- Bird Carving Demonstration with Steven A. Weaver

Weaver, a professional restorer of early decoys and bird carvings and Master Carver, will give a bird carving demonstration entitled From Block to Bird: the Tools & Techniques of Basic Carving showing progress examples from initial patterns to a finished, painted carved bird.

Thursday, September 21 at 2:00pm- Gallery Talk with Eric Kaiser

Guest Curator and Master Carver Eric Kaiser will give a gallery talk about the unique history of bird carving and the skills required by contemporary carvers.

Wednesday, October 4 at 11:00am, Gallery Talk with Bob Mosher

Bird carver Bob Mosher will give a talk on The Life and Art of Decoy Carver Joseph W. Lincoln (1859-1938).

Space is limited and reservations are required for all three programs.   Lectures and demonstrations are included in the price of admission. Please contact the museum to make reservations, or (508) 428-7581.

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Author: Mashpee Chamber of Commerce

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