John transformed his love of bird watching into the art of bird carving, studying with master carvers and attending international workshops. Using Tupelo wood from the Everglades, John roughs out the contours of the piece, fine-tunes it with a grinding tool, burns the feathers and textures, hand-paints and air-brushes the birds, and crafts an interesting mount, often reflecting the natural habitat. Flowers and leaves are fashioned from epoxy, brass foil, and sculpi. He has made exploding bulrushes from sawdust, white glue, and old window blinds; painted wool to simulate scotch thistle; and created pine branches from broom bristles. John’s award-winning carvings of songbirds and waterfowl fuse authenticity with innovation, and he continually researches new techniques and species.

John de Lang
Wood Carver


Location 9

59 Fernwood Park Avenue
Toronto ON, M4E 3E9