‘Out on a Limb’
Devil’s Claw Bird Art
Back in the early 80’s Gary’s sister-in-law gave him a bag of seed pods that she found in Arizona. They are from a plant called “Devil’s Claw” that grows in the SW desert, mainly Arizona and New Mexico. They interested Gary as their appearance resembled a bird. He had some olive burl wood and mounted some of the seed pods on pieces of wood. At the same time he also had chickens and used some of their feathers to enhance the bird appearance. Gary made several of these “birds” and gave them to family members as presents.
Gary retired in 2014; he still had a few of the pods and decided to make more of the “birds”. However, he did not have any more olive wood but he did have a lot of old apple limbs. So the “birds” he makes now are mounted on apple wood. There are a variety of feathers being used; a lot of them are from turkeys that visit his yard.
Some of the “birds” are formed from one seed pod and others are a combination of the pods. Some are painted and some are not. As more are put together different options are evolving.