Wood Carvings by Tom Murphy

Manzanita Carvings by Tom Murphy


om has been sculpting since 2001 after leaving a thirty year corporate career.  His rapid progression as an artist has come through diligent self study and the encouragement of other wildlife artists.

Tom’s current passion is carving burlwoods,  with Manzanita root burl being his favorite.  He feels that preserving and displaying the complexity and beauty of the wood grain is as important as portraying the essence of the chosen subject.  Every sculpture is one of a kind – reflecting the unique properties of the wood.  His sculpting process utilizes power tools of a large assortment, progressing to sanding and final finishing by hand.

While sculpting the wood, Tom often ponders “where did this tree stand and how tall?  This limbwood must have cradled nests of baby birds and sheltered wildlife through years of sun,  rain, snow and wind.”  The wood embodies all these elements and has the song of the birds still in it.

Welcome to the Gallery

Flying Redtail Hurricane Hawk Redtail Hawk
Manzanita Eagle Family Tree
Manzanita Golden Eagle Manzanita Eagle Family Tree
Barn Owl   Manzanita Root Vessel
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