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IRONWOOD WILDLIFE SCULPTURES BY THOMAS SUBY

The medium from which an original sculpture is snaped has varying degrees of importance in its emergence to final form. For me, this rich desert wood has always had a place
of efqual. I was first introduced to desertIronwood ( Olneya tesota ) through the stylized forms of the Seri Indians of the Sonoran  coast of Gulf of California in the mid 1970s.
It is a deep-rooted Acacia that produces lovely purple flowers in the spring. It grows along washes thfoughout the lower elevation of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona,
California and Northern Mexico. These sculptures are the result of many years of collaborative effort between artisan friends and muself in Sonora. We begin with wood
that is long dead and often hundreds of years old. We develop a figure from photographs, models, film and/or derect observation. Next we chalk a form on a log, doing our best
to use this valuable wood in an efficient and effective way, chipping it down to a workable shape with a heavy hatchet. Because of its density and homogeneity, it works
a lot like stone, resulting in many similar techniques, including the use of rotary tools with carbide bits, chisels, files and sandpaper ranging from 60 to 600 grit.
My friend, Ramon has an especially good feeling for movement and character. Ultimately, I bring them to my shop for the final detailing and finishing.
My appreciation in the miracle of diversity of form in animals has deepened with each year. I hope each piece does justice to the wildlife and to this beautiful work.
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LARGE BEAR ON BASE WITH SALMON
H 13 X W 12 X D 9.5
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HAWK
H 6 X W 5 X D 4
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PIN TAIL DUCK
H 6 X W 13 X D 4
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LARGE FALCON
H 16 X W 7 X D 6
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LARGE BAWLING BUFFALO
H 11 X W 11 X D 5
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LARGE RABBIT
H 8 X W 7 X D 5
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SMALL SCRATCHING RABBIT
H 7 X W 4 X D 6
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PAIR DOLPHIN
H 7.5 X W 5.5 X D 5
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HORSE
H 9 X W 9 X D 5
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RIVER OTTER WITH FISH
H 7 X W 13.5 X D7
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DOLPHIN ON VASE
H 4-1/2 X W 6-1/2 X D 3
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EAGLE HEAD
H 6 X W 7 X D 4-1/2
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STANDING DUCK
H 11 X W 6 X D 5
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SMALL BEAR
H 8 X W 4-1/2 X D 4-1/2
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STANDING PELICAN ON BASE
H 10.5 X W 6 X D 5
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PUMA
H 12 X W 10 X D 9
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LARGE HORSE
H 12 X W 13 X D 7
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LARGE HORNED OWL
H 15-1/2 X W 8 X D 6
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JAVALINA & BABY WITH CACTUS
H 7-1/2 X W 6-1/2 X  5-1/2
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FELCON
H 9 X W 4 X D 4
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BUFFALO

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379074 - 5 ( #1 )
QUAIL
H 10 X W 6 X D 5
379074 - 4 ( #1 )
QUAIL
H 9 X W 5 X D 3
379074 - 4 ( #2 )
QUAIL
H 9 X W 5 X D 3
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WOLF ON BASE
H 11 X W 12 X  D 4
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GOAT FAMILY ON BASE
H 12 X W 12 X D 7
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EAGLE ON BASE
H 8 X W 5 X D 4
10
JAY
H 9 X W 7-1/2 X D 4
13
KING FISHER
H 9 X W 5 X D 5
14
CEDAR WAX WING ON BRANCH
H 8 X W 5 X D 3
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LARGE SCENE 4 BEARS WITH TREE
H 12-1/2 X W 17 X D 10
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TROUT BOOKENDS
H 8 X W 11 X D 5
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HALF SITTING HORSE
H 12 X W 10 X D 8
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SMALL SWIMMING PELICAN
H 4 X W 7 X D 3
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HUMP BACK WHALE
H 12 X W 10 X D 5-1/2
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SMALL BEAR ON BASE
H 8 X W 10 X D 5-1/2
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STANDING BEAR
H 11 X W 7 X D 7
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HUMPBACK ON BASE
H 11 X W 9 X D 4-1/2
2
LARGE GREAT HORNED OWL
H 15-1/2 X W 6-1/2 X D 7-1/2
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HUMMING BIRD WITH FLOWERS
H 7-1/2 X W 4 X D 4
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