This sculpture won
for interpretive sculpture
in the world class 2010 Ward World Championship
Wildfowl Competition. The largest bird carving
competition in the world.
of movements created to capture some of the grace and daring seen in the
spectacular courtship dance of one of North America's most striking
birds, the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher.
The male bird flies to a height of 100 feet and does a series of "V"
dives. The dance is culminated by the male hovering 3 ft off the ground
for 15-20 seconds. The birds and movement are carved out of a single
piece of pure bird's eye Mesquite burl, and mounted on a rich piece of
West Texas juniper.
"When You say that You dance over me
what is it that You mean?
You rejoice with shouts of joy
yet the dance is never seen.
At least not by my eyes itís not
and those shouts donít reach my ears,
my eyes are on the storm clouds
my ears listening to my fears.
Yet I know You are a Warrior
One who delights to save
and I know that You have conquered
sin, hell, and the grave.
So I ask for grace to trust you,
to join You in the sky,
as I run here through the battle,
help me thank you, not ask why.
For, if my eyes are truly fixed on You,
I wonít miss Your dance above,
if Iím resting in Your faithfulness,
Youíll restore me with Your love"
Sky Dance -
J. Christopher White
"This is not a blog
(and it sure ain't a twitter),
so what you are getting
is just a newsletter."
I guess the news letter, in some fashion, is a primitive form or
precursor of blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. It is a one way street of
giving information to interested people. I would however, be very
pleased to hear back from some of y'all if you care to reply.
To sum up my spring and summer won't take long. In word it was
After crossing fourteen states to attend the Southeast Wildlife
Exposition (SEWE) in Charleston, SC in February, we backtracked to
Chattanooga, TN to teach a class full of great carvers at Farrell
Eaves' beautiful workshop on top of Signal Mountain. Oh yes, did I
mention we drove through snow in 13 of the 14 states we went
through, including 5 1/2" in Charleston (palm trees are really
beautiful covered in snow). The snow free state was Arkansas where
it was merely a driving rain. Our course diverted down to Lubbock,
TX in an effort to avoid ice and snow in KS, then OK, then
Amarillo, TX; we finally "out foxed" the blizzard by going to
Lubbock only to get hit there as well. As God so often does, He
worked all things together for good, we had a good visit with my Mom
and sold five of the sculptures left over from the SEWE show.
Travels also included a trip to the World Wildfowl Carving
Competition in Ocean City, MD, in late April. I was blessed to
receive second in World with my sculpture "Sky Dance."
A couple of quick trips to Texas to collect wood followed in late
May and early June. Mixed in there were numerous two hour jaunts to
Colorado Springs to see or drop off our son who is now in his second
year at the US Air Force Academy. It is just one hundred and one
miles each way and is a nice drive except the Denver stretch.
In addition, to all the travel, there were several commissions to
complete. A few are yet to be photographed, but will be in my 2011
calendar this coming fall. Some of the ones I have gotten
photographed are enclosed.
Sculpture in the Park was a huge effort this year. I created 15 of
the 16 pieces in less than two months. I was exhausted by show time,
but as I pointed out to my daughter, "No one at the show, would
recognize me anyway without the annual dark circles and bags under
my eyes." It was worth it. I had a great show, sold eight pieces,
and made some really good contacts and friends.
After the show, we went to a family outing in Idaho and stopped off
in Provo, UT where I sold three of the sculptures I had left from
the show. It is really nice to have a little inventory for a change.
I have one large commission to finish this week, then I can get the
2011 calendar rolling and prepare for my remaining three classes.
The first class will be held here in Loveland, CO, September 27 -
October 1, 2010. The weather in CO is usually beautiful and
interesting that time of year; 80's to maybe a brief snow, then back
into the 70's, who knows. The Elk are bugeling and Aspens are
usually still golden then. I would like to fill a couple more spaces
in that one, so come on.
The October 18 - 22 class in Chattanooga, TN is full, but there will
be another TN class offered in February 2011.
Still in the Southeast, there is still room in my final class of the
year, held, November 1-5. It will take place outside of
Williamsburg, VA at the beautiful new home/studio of Bill Casto.
This home sits on a hill overlooking the scenic and historical York
River and is nestled in an area full of wildlife. I am sure between
the inspiring setting and Bill's generous hospitality, this will
prove to be a rewarding experience.
Well, this would be one enormous text message and my thumbs would be
permanently affected. That means I have gone long, so, so long.
Thanks for listening (reading), I will try to be diligent to get
these out more often.
J. Christopher White