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Wildfowl Carving Magazine’s Summer 2017 Issue Comes With a Message

June 15 , 2017

NEW CUMBERLAND, PA—Daniel Montano is a wildfowl carver with something to say about his art form. Montano, whose amazingly life-like ruddy duck appears on the cover of Wildfowl Carving Magazine’s Summer 2017 issue, is worried about the future. He expressed those concerns in a piece he brought to the prestigious Ward World Championship, held each April in Ocean City, Maryland. For the 2017 show, Montano created a prehistoric version of a ruddy duck, one that was seemingly coming apart in mid-air. He named the piece Flying into Extinction and used it as platform for his concern about the declining number of wildfowl carvers. “Whatever the reason may be, something must be done,” Montano wrote in a placard that accompanied the sculpture. “Our children, grandchildren and youth in general must be given the opportunity, influence and encouragement to keep our art form alive.”

It’s a message that Wildfowl Carving Magazine’s editor, Tom Huntington, agrees with. “We all need to do what we can to encourage new people to try wildfowl carving,” Huntington wrote in his editorial for the Summer 2017 issue. “These newbies can be young or old — in school or in retirement. They can take it up as a hobby or a way of life. The important thing is to get new people to enter the field and inject new blood into wildfowl carving.

“I don’t think we can quibble about the quality of the carvings being done these days,” Huntington added. “The art form has truly blossomed over the decades.” That is obvious to anyone who reads the magazine’s Summer issue. Not only does it include Montano’s instructions on how to carve and texture a realistic ruddy duck, it also explains how to paint a gyrfalcon and a Ross’s goose, and how to carve a magpie and a scrub jay. Jerry Poindexter’s regular “Painting Notes” department addresses the color schemes of the black-chinned hummingbird. Carvers all over the world will find the summer edition informative and inspirational.

People who carve birds do it with a passion. As Huntington told his readers, “Getting new people started is the hardest part. As many of you know, once you begin carving it can be hard to stop.”

Wildfowl Carving Magazine began publishing with its Spring 1985 issue, when it was still known as Wildfowl Carving & Collecting Magazine. In the more than three decades since then, it has become the only magazine for bird carving and has published a wealth of informative articles about all aspects of the art form. The magazine is published quarterly by Ampry Publishing, LLC, of Northbrook, Illinois, with editorial offices in central Pennsylvania. Its website is

For more information, contact magazine editor Tom Huntington.