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Wendy Lichtensteiger
Sincerely enamored with nature, Wendy Lichtensteiger has been documenting its offerings since her childhood on Erskine Lake, NJ. By direct observation and through photographs, sketches, and natural found objects, Wendy has developed a sincere respect for the mysterious wonder of plants and animals and the integrated relationship they maintain.

She navigates this respect and her devoted passion for producing and making by "reclaiming what is thought to be waste". Wendy makes her carvings with over one hundred year old wormy chestnut, a once abundant tree that has disappeared from the American Landscape. An appropriate material that in return pays homage to the aviary creatures that once inhabited and perched in them.

Staining the carvings reveals the beauty of the wood's characteristics and the dual feathery grain of the chestnut. The cracks, checks and wormholes testify to the symbiotic relationship of nature and time. Often a favorite piece of driftwood or special branch, which Lichtensteiger considers works of art in their own right, will serve as base for many of her wood carvings. 

After studying Studio Art at Arizona State and moving to the east coast to help open The Wooden Feather folk art gallery, Wendy underwent a six year apprenticeship with her father, himself a woodcarver of over thirty years. Having honed her wood carving skills on the Jersey shore, she has built a woodshop of her own in the wooded mountains of Vermont.

We recently visited Wendy’s shop and were fascinated at a new yard sculpture she is working on.  The giraffe in this picture is not quite done, but obviously unique.  It is made out of grapevine.  She is available to customize something for your yard.  Let us know if you are interested.

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The thumbnail images below are indicative of kinds of subjects that Wendy carves.  Slight differences may exist between these and the actual ones available.

Woodcock with Wings

Woodcock with Wings

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Bittern

Bittern

Crow

Crow

Canvasback Duck

Canvasback Duck

Coot

Coot

Bobwhite

Bobwhite

Cormorant

Cormorant

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Robin

Robin

Grouse

Grouse

Tern

Tern

Killdeer

Killdeer

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