I Hand-Carve Feathers Into Intricate Designs Using Scalpels And Eye Surgery Scissors (30 New Pics)

I carve birds’ feathers into intricate art in order to make their natural beauty more noticeable. The work highlights the patterns and colors of the feathers themselves, inviting the viewer to look and look again. For me, feathers represent flight, transformation, and a bridge between our present lives and our dreams.

I display my work in shadow boxes, a signature art form I developed after years of research. I use eye surgery scissors, forceps, and scalpels to carve the feathers.

A conservationist at heart, the feathers I use are legally obtained. Many of the feathers are naturally shed, which means that the birds they came from are likely still alive.

Since feathers are universal symbols of flight, transformation, achievement, and hope, the art speaks to many people who long for these qualities as well as people who revere birds.

My work is included in private collections and featured in publications in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. My book, Feathers, Form & Function, highlights the art and tells stories about what feathers are, what roles they fill for birds, and why people find them alluring.

See my older posts here and here.

More info: featherfolio.com | Instagram

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We long to fly but cannot so birds and feathers are important symbols representing our longings.

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Sarah Brinsfield 4 days agoJust, “Wow!”

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Made from naturally shed crowned crane feathers from a zoo, these birds are still alive.

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Mini Shnauzer 3 days agoThis is gorgeous, the celestial feel of it!

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George Hudacko 2 days agoWTF!

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Sarah Brinsfield 4 days agoWow!

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George Hudacko 2 days agoUnbelievable but gotta!!!!!

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Sarah Brinsfield 4 days agoNice balance.

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The bird eats the bug, the bug eats the bird. The unavoidable cycle of life.

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I mostly use turkey feather from domestic farm raised varieties. They come in many patterns and browns, russet reds, and blacks.

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Up All Night 4 days agoI really like this one.

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Sarah Brinsfield 4 days agoI love how you represented the birds.

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Sarah Brinsfield 4 days agoI like how you are using color in this one.

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Zanjero Johnson 3 days agowow that is incredible and how long did that take ? whowwwwwwwwww

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Zanjero Johnson 3 days agoyour so talented…..

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Sarah Brinsfield 4 days agoThis series is great!

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Denis Brown 1 day agoI love crows. They are so smart.

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Slune 2 days agoMy guessing it’s a duck

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Sarah Brinsfield 4 days agoWhat type of feather is this? Not turkey?

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George Hudacko 2 days agoBeyond impressed!

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife 6 hours agoGorgeous- it makes me think of the traditional Chinese and Japanese ink paintings.

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Zanjero Johnson 3 days agobeautiful in so many ways

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Dorothy Parker 3 days agoGreat frogs.

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