Wes Ripple is an award-winning New Hampshire wood carver specializing in realistic songbirds and feather pins. Having studied with three world champions early in his carving career, he has refined his wood carving skills as well as mastered an expanded set of techniques including silver soldering, air brushing, and pyrography. Wes has been awarded many blue ribbons in local and regional carving competitions, as well as two blue ribbons at the Ward World Championship Carving Competition in Ocean City, MD in 2016. His work can be seen at fine craft events. Check the Calendar Page for an up-to-date schedule.
Wes Ripple's White Breasted Nuthatch on a Pine Branch won two blue ribbons. He also won the prestigious Bob Guge Award in 2016.
Both birds and feather pins are created with intricate details.
It takes a number of different skills to carve a bird. And it always starts on paper.