Dallas County

Wood Carving

John Sheffey is a retired Army colonel with a BS degree in geology and a MS degree in Economics. An expert marksman, his original hobby was building muzzle loaders to shoot in competitions. While stationed in Japan, John began looking for another hobby to keep his hands busy since he could not take his fire arms overseas. An avid outdoorsman, he picked up a book and tools and began carving award winning birds.

John creates birds so detailed and anatomically correct that the desire to touch the carvings is irresistible. He uses Tupelo gum that he harvests from surrounding swamps. The texture of the gum accepts the burning process and its grain allows the carver to carve in both directions. John uses small hand tools to create the birds and then burns the meticulous details of the feathers while working under a magnifying glass. Once the intricate carving is complete, five to six thin coats of oil paints are applied to slowly build a realistic depth of color.

John’s carvings can also be seen at carving competition shows.

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Buffle Head Duck buffle, head, duck, john, sheffey, john sheffey, decoy, black belt art, folk art
Buffle Head Duck Price: $450.00
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Item #: 1089 -

This very unique duck is carved from a block of Tupelo Gum and then painted with great detail. The detailed carving and painting techniques make the duck look very realistic and simulates actual feathers. This is a perfect gift for a hunting enthusiast.

Handcarved & Painted Quail/Owl Feather Pin feather, pin, carved, john sheffey, owl, quail, decoy
Handcarved & Painted Quail/Owl Feather Pin Price: $20.00
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Item #: 304 -

This handcarved and painted feather pin by Dallas County artist John Sheffey is approximately 2.5" wide and 1" tall. The tan, brown, and black painted work is so intricately and precisely done that they are often mistaken for actual feathers. Each feather is one-of-a-kind, so may vary in size and color. The back of each pin in signed and dated by the artist, and includes a brass clasp for attaching to clothing, hat, tie, or anything you desire.

Handcarved and Painted Mallard Feather Pin - Blue feather, pin, carved, john sheffey, duck, mallard, decoy
Handcarved and Painted Mallard Feather Pin - Blue Price: $20.00
Availability: In Stock
Item #: 302 -

This handcarved and painted feather pin by Dallas County artist John Sheffey is approximately 3.5" wide and 1" tall. The brown and black painted work, with shimmering blue and green highlights, is so intricately and precisely done that they are often mistaken for actual duck feathers. Each feather is one-of-a-kind, so may vary in size and color. The back of each pin in signed and dated by the artist, and includes a brass clasp for attaching to clothing, hat, tie, or anything you desire.

Hand Carved Green Heron green, heron, heron, bird, hand carved, handcarved, carving, woodwork
Hand Carved Green Heron Price: $1,340.00
Availability: In Stock
Item #: 650 -

This very unique heron is hand carved from a block of wood and then painted with great detail. The detailed carving and painting techniques make the bird look very realistic and simulates actual feathers. This is a perfect gift for a hunting enthusiast.The base is approximately 15" x 8" at the widest points and from the bottom of the base to the top of the bird it is 8" tall.