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1006The Art of Bird Carving: a Guide to a Fascinating Hobby
  • Publication, Book
  • Birds
Description:
A guide to a fascinating hobby! Wendell Gilley was a bird watcher and artist who carved birds in wood on Mount Desert Island, Maine. He started out carving two-inch wooden birds for Abercrombie & Fitch. The book is beautifully illustrated with color photographs and with drawings.
1197Letter to Wendell Gilley Museum from Isabel Thacher
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • People
Description:
This letter describes three birds (a bobwhite, a yellowlegs, and a gull) carved by Wendell Gilley and owned by the letter writer, Isabel Thacher.
1201Letter from Wendell Gilley to Raymond L. Stearns
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
Description:
Letter acknowledging return of a bob-white carving as well as discussion of solder and advice on where to get bass wood. Also included are sketches of the leg and foot of a Canada goose.
1216Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Places, Island
Description:
Letter describing O'Brien's sailing trip around Buckle Island, Swans Island and others and the eiders and ospreys he saw. This letter also mentions Gilley's idea for a museum.
1220Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Thank you letter for a gift of a carved pair of ruffed grouse
1416Postcard showing Mallard Drake
  • Image, Photograph, Picture Postcard
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Postcard depicting a carved mallard on a driftwood base signed "Gilley" ; "Mallard Drake bird carving by Wendell Gilley" printed on reverse side of card.
1417Postcard Showing Canada Goose Carving
  • Image, Photograph, Picture Postcard
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Postcard depicting a carved Canada goose which appears to be flying over a hedge ; "Canada Goose bird carving by Wendell Gilley" printed on reverse side of card.
1418Advertising photograph for Warren Tools
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Wendell Gilley carved the chickadee in this photo used as an advertisement for Warren Tool shortly before his death in 1982. Mounted on mat board ; Warren Tool Co. label on reverse side of board. Accompanied by handwritten note from Fred Clark, President of Warren Tool.
1419Willet
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Photograph of willet carved by Wendell Gilley. Stamped "Anchor Light Studio, W.H. Ballard, Southwest Harbor, Maine" on back ; numbered "#40"
1420Gulls
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Photograph of an interior showing gull carvings, including a mobile, by Wendell Gilley. Stamped "Anchor Light Studio, W.H. Ballard, Southwest Harbor, Maine" on back.
1421Herring Gull on Buoy
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Photograph of a herring gull carved by Wendell Gilley. The gull is perched on a buoy with the number 7 painted on it. Behind the gull is a painted scene of water and rocks. Stamped "W.H. Ballard, Photographer, S. W. Harbor, Me" on back.
1422Blue-winged Teal, Pair
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Photograph of a pair of blue-winged teal carved by Wendell Gilley. Marked "Sec. of Treas. Robert Anderson 1958" on reverse.
1423Cinnamon Teal, Pair
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Photograph of a pair of cinnamon (?) teal carved by Wendell Gilley. Marked "Sam Rayburn" on reverse. "1958" written in blue ballpoint lower right corner.
1424Group of four ducks and a Canada goose
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Photograph of five birds carved by Wendell Gilley. Clockwise from left: black duck, Canada goose, canvasback, harlequin duck, and common eider. Stamped "W.H. Ballard, Photographer, S. W. Harbor, Me" on back. Numbered "#28" in pencil above stamp.
1425Pileated Woodpecker
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Photograph of a carving by Wendell Gilley of a pileated woodpecker perched on driftwood
1426Yellowlegs
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Photograph of a carving of a yellowlegs by Wendell Gilley.
1427Bobwhite
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Photograph of an interior showing a grouping of bobwhite quail carved by Wendell Gilley mounted over a fireplace .
1428Bobwhite
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Single bobwhite quail carved by Wendell Gilley that is part of group shown mounted over a fireplace in another photograph.
1429Bobwhite
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Partial view of a group of bobwhite quail carved by Wendell Gillley shown mounted over a fireplace in another photograph.
1431Bald Eagle
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Photograph of bald eagle carved by Wendell H. Gilley. Marked "Finished June 1966" on reverse side.
1432Bald Eagle With Fish
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Photograph of bald eagle, perched with wings spread above fish on oval base, carved by Wendell H. Gilley. Marked "Eagle with fish by Wendell Gilley" in ink on reverse side.
1433Canada Geese, Pair
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Photograph of a pair of Canada geese carved by Wendell H. Gilley
1434Lobby display, Bostitch Company, East Greenwich, Rhode Island, 1961
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Photograph of a display in the lobby of Bostitch in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, including a pair of terns carved by Wendell Gilley.
1435Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Sherman L. Smith, November 9, 1961
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Letter accompanying a photograph of the Bostitch Company lobby where Wendell Gilley's carving of terns were on display
1436Marbled Godwit
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Photograph of a marbled (?) godwit carved by Wendell H. Gilley. The carving appears to be part of a diorama. On reverse side in pencil: "George W. Pepper 3rd" . "Roche Photography, Caldwell N.J." stamp on reverse.