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of Wildfowl Carving
Minnetrista, MN 55364

Laurie J. McNeil

1958, United States

RESIDES: Minnetrista, Minnesota, United States

Laurie's passion for wildfowl carving began in 1985. Laurie uses Tupelo wood to carve her wildfowl pieces from a single piece of tupelo, in most cases, and her signature wave bases are carved from Butternut wood. Laurie also has a passion for Palm Frond Sculptures created for the exclusive California Open Palm Frond Division each year.

Her carving techniques have been tailored around the exclusive use of power tools like flex-shaft rotary grinders for rough out, and micro-motor tools like the Gesswein PH3 for feather carving and detail work. These power carving techniques are offered freely through Laurie's Facebook page as photo tutorials, as well as detailed tutorials featuring eye setting, bill carving, feather texturing and burning, oil painting of decoratives, and acrylic painting on decorative smoothies.

It is Laurie's goal for Wildfowl Carving to be recognized as the important art form it truly is. By sharing her techniques, the true nature of the art form is revealed, showing the multifaceted processes used to create a wildfowl sculpture from wood. These tutorials also make it possible for the new wildfowl carvers to learn techniques they can apply to their own wildfowl carvings.

EXHIBITIONS:

Minnesota Historical Society - St. Paul, MN - 1987 Common Loon Gunning Decoy Inducted - October 2014
Ward Foundation Fall Exhibition
, 1988, 1991, Salisbury, Maryland
Waterfowl Festival,
1989, Easton, Maryland
Wildlife and Western Art Exhibit, 1993, 1996, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Arts in the Park, 1996, 1997, 2009, 2011, 2012 Brainerd, Minnesota - Featured Artist
Faculty Exhibit, 2013 Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN
"From Decoys to Decoratives" - Doug & Ellen Miller Collection - November 2014, Ducks Unlimited Headquarters, Memphis Tennessee

AWARDS:

Best of Show, 1986, California Open - PSWA, San Diego, California
Best of Show, 1986, Louisiana Wildfowl Carvers and Collectors Guild, New Orleans, LA
Best of Show, 1986, Cajun Heritage Festival, Cut Off, Louisiana
Best of Show, 1987, International Decoy Contest, Davenport, Iowa
Best of Show, 1988, California Open -PSWA, San Diego, California
Best of Show, 1988, Sigurd T. Olson Medallion - Minnesota Loon Festival, Brainerd, MN
Best of Show, 1989, Louisiana Wildfowl Carvers and Collectors Guild, New Orleans, LA
Best of Show, 1993, Sigurd T. Olson Medallion - Minnesota Loon Festival, Nisswa, MN
Best of Show, 1994, California Open - PSWA, Los Angeles, California
Best of Show, 1995, California Open - PSWA, Los Angeles, California
Best of Show, 1995, Louisiana Wildfowl Carvers and Collectors Guild, New Orleans, LA
Best of Show, 1996, California Open - PSWA, San Diego, California
Best of Show, 1997, Minnesota Loon Festival, Brainerd, Minnesota
Best of Show, 1998, North American Wildfowl Carving Championships, Livonia, Michigan
Best of Show, 1999, North American Wildfowl Carving Championships, Livonia, Michigan
Best of Show, 2000, North American Wildfowl Carving Championships, Livonia, Michigan
Third in World, 2011, World Class Pairs Ward World Championships, Ocean City, Maryland
Best of Show, 2011, Ward Chesapeake Challenge Competition, Salisbury, MD
World Champion Cocktail Class Carving, 2012, PSWA California Open, San Diego, CA
2nd Best of Show - 2012, PSWA California Open, San Diego, CA
2nd Best of Show - 2015, PSWA California Open, San Diego, CA

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

"Laurie Lundell, Master Waterfowl Carver", Minnesota Volunteer, May/June 1988
"Decoy Carving", Minnesota Waterfowler, May/June 1989
"Wood Burning Techniques", The Amazing Art of Pyrography , Evanston Publishing, 1993
"Setting Eyes for the Future", Wildfowl Carving & Collecting, Fall 1997, Stackpole, Inc.
"Arts in the Park Breaks Records & Honors Young Artisans", Front Page - Brainerd Dispatch, July 7th, 1997
"Laurie Gmyrek Story", by Si Seifert WWWoodcarver E-zine February 1998
"The 25th Anniversary California Open Carving Competition " by Gary Illmanen - Artwork Network February 1998
"Carving A Palm Frond for the California Open", Wildfowl Carving & Collecting, Summer 1998, Stackpole, Inc.
"Memorial of Carver Bob Bolle", Wildfowl Carving Magazine, Summer 2002, Stackpole, Inc.
"Wildfowl Carving - Art Form at Large", Carving Magazine, Summer 2010, All American Crafts, Inc

"ACEO Sculptures" - Wildfowl Carving Magazine, Summer 2012, Stackpole, Inc.
"Betty's Birds" - Wildfowl Carving Magazine, Winter 2012, Stackpole, Inc.
"International Wildfowl Carvers Association" - Competition 2012 Magazine, Stackpole, Inc.
"Back to the World" Carving a Lifesize Decorative Common Loon - Wildfowl Carving Magazine
"Part I - Carving a One-piece Loon" - Summer 2013
"Part II - Texturing and Woodburning a Common Loon" - Fall 2013
"International Wildfowl Carvers Association" - Competition 2013 Magazine, Stackpole, Inc
"Part III - Painting a Common Loon in Oils" - Winter 2014
"Madagascar Waltz" - Lifesize Madagascar Grebe Pair -Single Piece of Wood - Wildfowl Carving Magazine
"Part I - Making the Pattern" - Fall 2014
"Part II - Power  Carving" - Winter 2015
"Part III - Feather Carving, Texturing, Burning and Painting" - Spring 2015

"International Wildfowl Carvers Association" - Competition 2014 Magazine, Stackpole, Inc

HONORARY JUDGE

1987, 1988 Louisiana Wildfowl Carvers and Collectors Guild, New Orleans, Louisiana
1988 Catahoula Lake Festival, Pineville, Louisiana
1987, 1988 Pointe Mouillee Decoy Show, Pointe Mouillee, Michigan
1992 Minnesota Loon Festival, Nisswa, Minnesota
1995, 1997-2000 North American Wildfowl Carving Championships, Livonia, MI
1996-1997, 1999 World Championship Chainsaw Carving, Brainerd, Minnesota
1996-2014 Arts in the Park, Brainerd, Minnesota
1997 Pacific Flyway Decoy Association - Wildfowl Festival, Sacramento, California
1999-2000, 2004-2006, 2012, 2013 California Open - PSWA, San Diego, California
2011 Ward Chesapeake Challenge Competition - Salisbury, MD
2012 Columbia Flyway Wildfowl Art Show - Vancouver, WA
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Ward World Championships of Wildfowl Carving - Ocean City, MD
2014 Ohio Decoy Collectors & Carvers Association - ODCCA Show, Strongsville, Ohio

ORGANIZATIONS

1985-1986 Member Vikings Woodcarving Club - Bloomington, MN
1986 President Vikings Woodcarving Club - Bloomington, MN
1986 Founder/President - Minnesota Decoy & Wildfowl Carving Club, St. Louis Park, MN
1987-1990 - International Wildfowl Carving Association - Board of Directors
1986 - International Wildfowl Carving Association (IWCA) - Lifetime Member
1999-2003 - Webmaster - International Wildfowl Carvers Association (IWCA)
1985-1997, 2005, 2011-2014 - Member -Ward Foundation, Salisbury, MD
2012-2014 - Secretary - International Wildfowl Carvers Association (IWCA)

Laurie J. McNeil has been carving wildfowl sculpture in wood since 1985, consistently received top honors at national and international championships, and establishing her as a Master Wildfowl Carver. Her wildfowl sculptures are owned by collectors around the world. Four of her award winning sculptures have been cast into limited edition bronzes.

Laurie offers private instruction (one-on-one) in her home based studio in Minnetrista, MN. Her virtual instructional studio is located at http://WildfowlCarving.com.  If you or your organization is interested in Laurie speaking to your group, please contact Laurie at 952-913-1647 or by e-mail  Laurie@TheArtistry.com for her fee schedule.

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