Joe Hutchinson - Wood Carving

Joe Hutchinson, bird carver and water colorist, moved to Apalachicola in 1995 from Southeast Alaska where he studied Klingit and Haida native art. He was especially influenced by the Jackson family of totem pole carvers and learned to make carving knives from Israel Shotridge. After coming to Apalachicola, Joe continued to carve duck decoys and local shore birds.

His carvings are made from Tupelo, Gum, Basswood and Cypress. Recently, he switched from oil to acrylic paint. The carvings are roughed out on a band saw then finished with a wide variety of hand tools. Most birds have glass eyes and some are fitted with forged brass legs.