Jed Burdett’s artistic career had a serendipitous start. While recovering from a back injury in 1990, he began wood carving using a magazine photograph of a duck as his inspiration. As soon as his first piece was finished, someone wanted to buy it. Thus encouraged, he continued carving ducks and won some competitions for his realistic, life-sized decoy ducks.
His passion for his art drove him to learn as much as he could about his subjects and their natural habitats. He strives to make his sculptures as authentic as possible.
He now creates multi-media sculptures with animals depicted in their natural setting such as on a branch or in a nest. Most of the animals are carved out of basswood or tupelo with taxidermic-grade glass eyes. Other elements of a bird’s environment may include leather leaves and copper branches.
He also creates a line of Celtic-themed leather purses, bags and backpacks. Discover his unique handmade items at the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival!