Sculptor Hank Tyler to lead a Bird Sculpture Demonstration and Workshop at Woodlawn

Posted Sept. 19, 2012, at 1:35 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 5:31 p.m. to 5:31 p.m.

Location: Woodlawn, 19 Black House Drive, Ellsworth, Maine

For more information: Woodlawn; 207-667-8671;

ELLSWORTH: Woodlawn is pleased to offer a Bird Sculpture Demonstration and Workshop with sculptor Hank Tyler on Friday, September 28th, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Hank Tyler, an internationally known sculptor from Hallowell, will demonstrate his sculpture techniques in a workshop format. Tyler sculpts in hardwoods – Black Walnut, Bubinga wood from Africa, Brazilian Rosewood, and Osage Orange. The wood is finely sanded to show the grain pattern and is finished with Tung oil. Water and oceanic birds are Tyler’s preferred subject matter with sandpipers being of special interest and the bulk of his current work.

Tyler will explain his approach to bird sculpture and design, as well as, technique. Participants will have an opportunity to use chisels, rasps, riffles, scrapers and sandpaper. Participants are encouraged to ask questions. The workshop’s approach will be to encourage give and take with questions welcome throughout the workshop. Participants who are sculptors or carvers are encouraged to bring examples of their works. A number of Tyler’s finished sculptures and works in progress will be at the workshop for participants to critique and take notes for their own sculptures. Tyler’s sculptures are currently on display at the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor, and The Gallery at Frenchman’s Bay in Somesville. Participants are encouraged to go see the sculptures prior to the workshop.

The cost for the workshop scheduled on Friday, September 28, from 10 am to 2 pm is $45 for Woodlawn members/$55 for non-members. As space is limited, pre-registrations are required by calling Woodlawn at 667-8671. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch and a notebook, pen or pencils.