Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History


Bird Carving 101

Nature Program

Birdcarving 101

See the process from start to finish.

See how a block of wood becomes a beautiful bird!

Ask questions, see a demo and enjoy the Eldridge Arnold carving workshop exhibit.

Tuesday and Thursday mornings in June, July and August, 9:30am - 1pm . 

Free with Museum Admission

Cape Cod wildlife woodcarver, Stephen C. Rich demonstrated an early interest in science and nature, taking up wood carving in 1987 Although largely self-taught, Stephen has studied under some of the best known carvers in local classes given by carver/ teacher, June Noll, and in seminars with established carvers like Ernest Muellmatt, Jim Sprankle, Lynn Forehand and Greg Woodard.  After starting with a few, simple decoys, he made steady progress into the ranks of advanced wood carvers and artisans. He has also done extensive research on his subjects, building a library of materials, photographs and videos to achieve maximum authenticity.   

Stephen has lived on Cape Cod, Mass. since 1985 with his studio located near the waterways and marshlands of Osterville and Marstons Mills, Mass.  This is the habitat of hawks, osprey, blue herons, ducks of all kinds, swans and countless other species.  It is not only an inspiring environment, but one which permits the study of New England wildlife at first hand.

Join Stephen in the scenic Marshview Room at the Museum for this rare opportunity to observe how a simple block of wood transforms into a beautiful bird! Ask questions and enjoy the Eldridge Arnold carving workshop exhibit!