The Process

Cutting blocks to size on swing saw

Jointing blocks for glue up

Gluing up blocks

Pressing blocks in clamps

Marking template on block

Cutting pattern on bandsaw

Rough out carving

Sanding on pneumatic sander

Feather carving

Hand sanding

Stains are applied

Spraying water based finish

Robert J Kelly

My passion is turning an ordinary pine block of wood into a wonderful work of art - a lifelike waterfowl creation with charm and a character all its own.

I was born in 1955 and raised in Port Colborne, Ontario. After graduating from high school and spending six years in the work force, I was persuaded by my older brother to pursue my artistic talents. In 1980, I moved to Toronto where I started carving full-time. After three years, I moved back to the Port Colborne area where I presently have my woodcarving business.

Although I've been approached by many people to expand my wood carving business, I've always chosen to keep it a small 'mom & pop' operation with no regrets. This way, every decoy and bird in flight is individually carved... not an assembly line mass-produced product.

The birds are carved from Canadian White Pine and finished with semi-transparent stains which allow the natural grain and warmth of the wood to show through. They are then sealed and sprayed with a water based finish. Eyes are inserted and each piece is signed and dated.

When you order one of my carvings, it will be a one-of-a-kind work of art. I take great pride in each carving, knowing it will be cherished for many years to come.