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IRONWOOD WILDLIFE SCULPTURES BY THOMAS SUBY

The medium from which an original sculpture is snapped has varying degrees of importance in
its emergence to final form. For me, this rich desert wood has always had a place of equal. I was first
introduced to desert Ironwood ( Olneya tesota ) through the stylized forms of the Seri Indians of the Sonoran  
coast of Gulf of California in the mid 1970s. It is a deep-rooted Acacia that produces lovely purple flowers
in the spring. It grows along washes throughout the lower elevation of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona,
California and Northern Mexico. These sculptures are the result of many years of collaborative effort between
artisan friends and myself in Sonora. We begin with wood that is long dead and often hundreds of years old.
We develop a figure from photographs, models, film and/or direct observation. Next we chalk a form on a log,
doing our best to use this valuable wood in an efficient and effective way, chipping it down to a workable shape
with a heavy hatchet. Because of its density and homogeneity, it works a lot like stone, resulting in many similar
techniques, including the use of rotary tools with carbide bits, chisels, files and sandpaper ranging from 60 to 600
grit. My friend, Ramon has an especially good feeling for movement and character. Ultimately, I bring them
to my shop for the final detailing and finishing. My appreciation in the miracle of diversity of form in animals
has deepened with each year. I hope each piece does justice to the wildlife and to this beautiful work.
527802 - 9
LARGE BEAR ON BASE WITH SALMON
H 13 X W 12 X D 9.5
379056 - 5
HAWK
H 6 X W 5 X D 4
379073 - 5
PIN TAIL DUCK
H 6 X W 13 X D 4
379056 - 3
LARGE FALCON
H 16 X W 7 X D 6
379073 - 3
LARGE BAWLING BUFFALO
H 11 X W 11 X D 5
47
HUMMING BIRD
WITH FLOWERS
H 7-1/2 X W 4 X D 4
379073 - 10
LARGE RABBIT
H 8 X W 7 X D 5
650 - 5
SMALL SCRATCHING RABBIT
H 7 X W 4 X D 6
28
HORSE
H 9 X W 9 X D 5
2
LARGE GREAT HORNED OWL
H 15-1/2 X W 6-1/2 X D 7-1/2
650 - 7
DOLPHIN ON VASE
H 4-1/2 X W 6-1/2 X D 3
650 - 2
EAGLE HEAD
H 6 X W 7 X D 4-1/2
379073 - 11
STANDING DUCK
H 11 X W 6 X D 5
20
SMALL BEAR
H 8 X W 4-1/2 X D 4-1/2
648 - 5
STANDING PELICAN ON BASE
H 10.5 X W 6 X D 5
647 - 12
PUMA
H 12 X W 10 X D 9
379073 - 9
LARGE HORSE
H 12 X W 13 X D 7
527802 - 6
LARGE HORNED OWL
H 15-1/2 X W 8 X D 6
527805 - 3
JAVALINA & BABY WITH CACTUS
H 7-1/2 X W 6-1/2 X  5-1/2
379073 - 13
FELCON
H 9 X W 4 X D 4
379074 - 5 ( #1 )
QUAIL
H 10 X W 6 X D 5
379074 - 4 ( #1 )
QUAIL
H 9 X W 5 X D 3
379074 - 4 ( #2 )
QUAIL
H 9 X W 5 X D 3
379074 - 3
WOLF ON BASE
H 11 X W 12 X  D 4
379073 - 15
GOAT FAMILY ON BASE
H 12 X W 12 X D 7
379073 - 14
EAGLE ON BASE
H 8 X W 5 X D 4
13
KING FISHER
H 9 X W 5 X D 5
14
CEDAR WAX WING ON BRANCH
H 8 X W 5 X D 3
10
JAY
H 9 X W 7-1/2 X D 4
23
LARGE SCENE 4 BEARS WITH TREE
H 12-1/2 X W 17 X D 10
33
TROUT BOOKENDS
H 8 X W 11 X D 5
379055 - 3
HUMP BACK WHALE
H 12 X W 10 X D 5-1/2
649 - 3
HALF SITTING HORSE
H 12 X W 10 X D 8
650 - 8
SMALL SWIMMING PELICAN
H 4 X W 7 X D 3
379073 - 6
STANDING BEAR
H 11 X W 7 X D 7
527802 - 14
HUMPBACK ON BASE
H 11 X W 9 X D 4-1/2
TOTEM
6 FEET
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