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  • 81.1.165
1159Wood Duck, Pair
  • Carving, Pair, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; male and female on driftwood piece attached to oblong carved wooden base, male standing, neck erect above crouched female with neck down; both with glass eyes, metal feet, carved, burned and painted detail. Signed "Gilley" on left of base. Marked "Wood Duck by W.H. Gilley, 1970-71, made for Addie Gilley, Feb. 20, 1971, Birthday" on underside.
  • 81.1.167
1491Osprey with Mackerel
  • Carving, 1/3 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/3 life size; osprey on driftwood piece attached to oblong carved wooden base, wings upraised, head down, beak open; glass eyes, metal feet, carved, burned and painted detail. Marked "made for Addie Gilley, driftwood gift of Mrs. David Rockefeller, Osprey by Wendell Gilley, 1971" on underside of base. Separate companion Mackerel: glass eyes, carved and painted detail.
  • 81.1.158
1152Osprey
  • Carving, Almost Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Almost life size; adult on driftwood piece attached to oblong carved wooden base, wings raised, tail spread, head down, beak open, tongue exposed; glass eyes, metal toenails, extensive carved, burned and painted detail. Faded signature: "Gilley" on left of base. Marked "Osprey (near life size) by Wendell H. Gilley, SW Harbor, Maine, 1973, property of Addie B. Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.155
1149Penguin with Chick
  • Carving, Pair, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; adult standing erect, chick fits between adult's feet, standing erect and looking up at adult; both with glass eyes, semi-detailed. Signed and marked "Made for Addie Gilley, Gilley 1976" on underside of adult. Chick signed "Gilley '76" and marked "Addie."
  • 81.1.159
1153Eagle Plaque
  • Carving
  • Birds
Description:
Decorative eagle, head turned right, wings spread, talons clutching branch; unpainted, fitted for wall hanging. Signed "W.H. Gilley" on back. Marked "made especially for Addie B. Gilley."
  • 81.1.133
1130Bald Eagle
  • Carving, 1/3 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/3 life size; decorative eagle, painted gold standing head down, beak agape, tongue visible, wings outstretched, tail down; integral base. Marked "Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.131
1194Common Scoter
  • Carving, Decoy
  • Birds
Description:
Oversize decoy made and used by Wendell Gilley and Roger Rich ; one of 24 made circa 1945. Head and body 2 separate pieces. Gilley made model, carved heads, Rich made bodies; decoys are hollow with removable, turnable heads on square oak pegs, do not swivel in water ; well defined shape with some painted detail ; underside stamped "W.H. Gilley." Smooth finish, all black body, head black, eye brown, black pupil, beak yellow/orange/blue-grey. [show more]
1490Owl relief on side of Wendell Gilley Museum building
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • Object, Art
Description:
Panel carved by Gilley Museum Artist-in-Residence Steven Valleau ca 1995 ; one of a series marking the fifteenth anniversary of the museum.
1489Heron relief on side of Wendell Gilley Museum building
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • Object, Art
Description:
Panel carved by Gilley Museum Artist-in-Residence Steven Valleau ca 1995 ; one of a series marking the fifteenth anniversary of the museum.
1487Puffin relief on side of Wendell Gilley Museum building
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • Object, Art
Description:
Panel carved by Gilley Museum Artist-in-Residence Steven Valleau ca 1995 ; one of a series marking the fifteenth anniversary of the museum.
1486Osprey relief on side of Wendell Gilley Museum building
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • Object, Art
Description:
Panel carved by Gilley Museum Artist-in-Residence Steven Valleau ca 1995 ; one of a series marking the fifteenth anniversary of the museum.
1485Steven Valleau in his workshop
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Object, Art
  • People
Description:
Artist-in-Residence Steven Valleau at work on one of a series of panels for the outside of the museum building marking the museum's fifteenth anniversary.
  • 81.1.36
1034Short-eared Owl
  • Carving, 1/5 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
1/5 Life size; perched on natural wood, incorrect toes (3 front, 1 back,) head turned over left shoulder; glass eyes, 3-D feet, painted detail. Signed "Gilley" on right side of base, underside of base marked "Addie Birthday 1972."
  • 81.1.26 (81.1.27 on piece)
1025Bluebird
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; horizontal stand, perched with one foot in crotch of twig, one up on branch, twig mounted in oblong mound, carved wooden base. Signed "Gilley '76" on lower right of base, underside marked: "Bluebird by Wendell Gilley, 1976, 7."
  • 81.1.24
1023Bluebird
  • Carving
  • Birds
Description:
Life size adult in semi-upright stance, perched on twig attached to pear-shaped carved wooden base; glass eyes, has "observant look" ; metal legs/feet ; painted detail. Signed on base: "Gilley, '76." Underside marked: "Addie Gilley, 1976, 10."
  • 81.1.25
1022Bluebird
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; mounted on pear-shaped carved wooden base, perched sideways on branch, head turned forward; glass eyes. Signed "Gilley '76" on lower right. Underside marked: "Blue Bird by W.H Gilley 1976, 15."
  • 81.1.23
1021Bluebird
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; perched in downward stance on twig attached to carved wooden oblong base ; glass eyes, metal feet/legs ; blue paint partially rubbed off of head, back, and sides to give natural effect. Signed: "Gilley '76" on right side of base. Underside numbered "5."
  • 81.1.22
1009Bluebird
  • Carving
  • Birds
Description:
Life size adult ; perched on twig, mounted on carved oblong base; glass eyes, metal legs and feet, upright posture, head turned slightly to left. Signed “Gilley ’76” on rear end of base. Some blue paint on base; underside marked “11;” Phillips head screw attaching base to twig.
  • 81.1.12
1010Black Duck
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature adult ; mounted on drift wood base; painted plumage, glass eyes, carved feet. Signed "Gilley" below right foot; stamped "Wendell H. Gilley" on underside, marked "Addie Gilley."
  • 81.1.27
1024Bluebird
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size, slightly oversized; perched on twig, mounted on carved oblong wooden base, horizontal stand, facing forward; glass eyes. Signed: "Gilley, '76" on right side of base, number 4 of 16. Underside marked "4 Addie Gilley."
  • 81.1.18
1015Saw-whet Owl
  • Carving, 3/4 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
3/4 life size; outstretched wings, alighting on driftwood limb mounted on carved oblong base, Phillips head screw in base, toes 3:1; glass eyes, carved and painted plumage detail. Signed: "Gilley '72" on lower right side of base. Underside marked: "Addie Gilley, xmas 1972."
  • 81.1.20
1017Long-eared Owl with Black-capped Chickadee
  • Carving, Multiple Birds, 1/3 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Two carvings, 1/3 Life size (chickadee is in proportion to owl); mounted on natural wood, owl at bottom facing forward, chickadee perched on branch to the left and above the owl. On owl, two toes forward and two backward; no feet on chickadee; glued onto branch, Chickadee has pinhead black eyes, owl has glass eyes, both with painted and carved detail. Signed: "Gilley '72"; marked "l. eared owl," on underside of base.
  • 81.1.19
1016Herring Gull, Pair
  • Carving, Pair, 1/4 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
1/4 life size; folded wings, perched on natural base; glass eyes, painted, semi-detailed plumage markings. Signed: "Gilley '73" on right side of base.
  • 81.1.16
1013King Eider, Female
  • Carving, Mobil, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; flying, wire screwed into body for hanging; glass eyes, painted feet and plumage, carved feather detail in wings. Signed "Giley," under left wing; marked "Addie Gilley."
  • 81.1.15
1012King Eider, Male
  • Carving, Mobil, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; Flying, screw eye in body for hanging, one extra hole present beneath screw eye; painted eyes, carved feet, feather detail carved into wings and tail, King Eider beak marking absent. Carved after the fashion of A. J. Dando's birds owned by Caroll Tyson. Signed: "Gilley," on underside of upper wing; Marked "Addie Gilley," on underside of lower wing.
  • 81.1.14
1011King Eider, Male
  • Carving, Mobil, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; flying carving, wire screwed into body for hanging; glass eyes, painted details of plumage and feet, some carved feather detail in wings; incorrect beak detail; artist copied from painting w/o front perspective. Signed: "Gilley" on white upper flank patch; "Addie Gilley" marked on underside of breast. Companion pieces: 81.1.15, 81.1.16.
  • 81.1.13
1001Black Duck
  • Carving
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature flying black duck; upper wing wired for hanging; no legs, marked underside of right wing: “Addie Gilley,” underside of left wing: “Black duck, Gilley.” Carved and painted detail of plumage; Early 10 birds.
  • 81.1.10
1045Wilson's Plover
  • Carving, 1/4 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/4 life size; mounted on driftwood, upright posture, right leg slightly lifted; glass eyes, carved feet, painted adult plumage. Signed and dated "1965, Wilson Plover by W.H. Gilley." Marked "Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.9
1044Canada Goose
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; mounted on driftwood base, standing up, neck drawn back, head turned slightly to left; carved feet, painted adult plumage details. Signed and dated "Gilley '72" on lower right side. Marked "Addie Gilley" on underside.
  • 81.1.8
1043Roadrunner
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; mounted on driftwood, head turned around right shoulder, tail erect; glass eyes, carved feet, painted plumage. Unsigned. Marked "Made for Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.7
1042Bobwhite, Pair
  • Carving, Pair, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniatures; mounted on carved, oblong, brown mound base, male stands upright on "log" attached to main base and has carved feet, female stands on main base, head down as if herding young, legs set into base, painted feet; glass eyes, painted plumage. Signed and dated "7/16/45, Bob White by W.H. Gilley," "Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.6
1041Mallard Drake
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; standing, head turned right, mounted on grey mound base; glass eyes, painted plumage, carved feet, carved detail of tail and feathers. Signed "Gilley, 1960," marked "Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.5
1040Atlantic Puffin
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; mounted on carved, black mound base; glass eyes, painted plumage and feet. Marked "Addie Gilley, Puffin by W.H. Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.91
1098Screech Owl (Gray Phase)
  • Carving, 3/4 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
3/4 Life size; perched on driftwood piece attached to carved wooden base, head turned right, two toes of left foot exposed, three toes of right foot exposed, ear tufts laid back; glass eyes, metal toe nails, carved, burned and painted detail. Signed "Gilley '75" on left of base, marked "Screech Owl 3/4 life size, 1975, by W.H. Gilley, property of Addie Gilley" on underside of base. Gray phase.
  • 81.1.79
1087American Goldeneye, Male
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; swimming drake, head turned slightly right; painted detail. Signed and dated "Gilley '72" on underside.
  • 81.1.81
1088American Goldeneye, Female
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; swimming duck, neck down; painted detail. Unsigned. Companion to 81.1.79.
  • 81.1.70
1078Saw-whet Owl
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size; adult perched on driftwood piece set into shaped wooden base, body in profile with head turned over right shoulder to "front" of piece; glass eyes, wire toes, four first toes protruding, painted plumage detail. Signed "Gilley '75" on right front of base. Marked and dated "Addie Gilley, Saw-whet owl by W.H. Gilley, 1975" on underside of base, which also has artist stamp. Artist considered this his best saw-whet owl. [show more]
  • 81.1.100
1106Saw-whet Owl
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Life size adult; mounted on driftwood stump attached to carved oblong wooden base, perched upright, three toes of each foot protruding; glass eyes - somewhat marred, carved, burned and painted detail. Signed and dated "Gilley '76" on rear of driftwood.
  • 80.1.1
1036Mallard Drake
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; head and body one piece, wire legs set into round, black base, feet painted, semi-detailed. Marked on underside of base: "Mallard, W.H. Gilley, First Bird, Made 1930, Addie Gilley." First bird carving by Wendell H. Gilley.
  • 81.1.34
1032American Goldeneye
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature male ; mounted on oblong smooth wood base, upright posture facing forward; glass eyes, metal legs and feet. Signed on side of base: "Gilley." Underside of base marked: "Addie Gilley, Am. Goldeneye."
  • 80.1.21
1018Great Gray Owl
  • Carving, 1/10 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
1/10 life size; perched on driftwood piece attached to carved wooden base, owl's head turned over left shoulder; glass eyes, painted detail. Signed "Gilley," on top of stamp, marked "Addie Gilley," on underside of base.
1488American robin relief on side of Wendell Gilley Museum building
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • Object, Art
Description:
Panel carved by Gilley Museum Artist-in-Residence Steven Valleau ca 1995
  • 81.1.28
1026Ruffed Grouse, Male
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; mounted on natural wooden base, upright posture, tail fanned open horizontally; glass eyes, carved feet, highly detailed painted plumage. Signed "Gilley" on right rear of base, Underside of base marked: "Addie Gilley, Ruffed Grouse by W.H. Gilley, 1966."
1004Wendell Holmes Gilley at Work on a Goose
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Wendell Gilley painting a Canada Goose. Reverse side marked: "W SW '75"
1484Wendell H. Gilley in his workshop
  • Image, Photograph
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Wendell Gilley at work at his carving desk
1483Advertising photograph for Warren Tools
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Photograph of Gilley chickadee carving used to sell blanks in the Warren Tool catalog. Note on reverse written by Warren Tool president Fred Clark: "Note: Carved chickadee (shown) personal gift from the late Wendall [sic] Gilley..."
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.
1481Letter to Fred Clark from Nina Gormley, February 22, 1992
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Letter thanking Fred Clark, President of Warren Tool Co., for promoting the Gilley Museum in its catalog. The letter also describes winter events at the museum as well as the museum's collection of taxidermy.
1480Rough Draft of Article by Fred Clark for The Mallet
  • Document, Manuscript
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
The published version of this draft appeared with the title "A Visit with Wendell Gilley, A Legend in the Carving World" in the National Carver's Museum publication, The Mallet. The author indicates that in Nov. 1979 Wendell told him about the planned building of the Wendell Gilley Museum.
1353Letter to Nina Gormley from Gertrude Bancroft
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
  • Gardens
Description:
This letter is a reply to the Gilley Museum Director's request for a garden to be donated by the Garden Club of Mount Desert. It also mentions a carving of three gulls on a driftwood based that Mrs. Bancroft commissioned from Wendell Gilley.
1203Letter to Nina Gormley from Norman Ashley Willock
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Letter concerning the packing and shipping of a pintail duck carving commissioned from Wendell Gilley by Norman Willock and returned to the museum for repair.
1200Letter from Raymond L. Stearns to Nina Gormley
  • Document, Correspondence
  • People
Description:
Letter to the Museum Director about sending the museum copies of letters received from Wendell Gilley. Enclosed are two letters by Wendell Gilley to Mr. Stearns.
1410Letter to Wendell Gilley Museum from John A. Silver, Sept. 9, 1986
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Letter describes Mr. Silver's visit to Elmer Crowell's workshop where he purchased several miniature bird carvings, and his subsequent visit to Wendell Gilley's workshop. Enclosed are photographs of a greater yellowlegs and a duck carved by Crowell. Silver also describes Wendell Gilley's trip to Abercrombie and Fitch where he was inspired to start bird carving.
1204Letter to Nina Gormley from Lucretia W. Evans
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Other, Literature
Description:
This letter expresses Lucretia Evans' intention to donate her copy of Wendell Gilley's book Bird Carving, a Guide to a Fascinating Hobby, which she believed might be a first edition.
1199Letter to Mrs. Otis D. Wolfe from Steven C. Rockefeller
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Object, Art
  • People
Description:
Letter to the donor of a bronze sculpture by Walther Matia in memory of Foster Whitlock . The letter thanks her for her donation of the sculpture to the museum and describes the dedication ceremony.
1217Benefit Art Auction and Appraisal Day flyer
  • Document, Advertising, Brochure
  • Events, Auction
  • Object, Art
Description:
Flyer advertising the Wendell Gilley Museum Benefit Art Auction and Appraisal Day, Aug. 10, 1990. Auctioned items included a framed set of prints, "20 Birds of Mount Desert Island" by Carroll Sargent Tyson.
1236Downeast Bird Carvings Exhibit Catalog
  • Publication, Catalog
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Catalog of an exhibition of Wendell Gilley's bird carvings held at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia from October 29, 1976 through January 9, 1977
1198Letter from Steven C. Rockefeller to Members of the Wendell Gilley Museum Nominating Committee
  • Document, Correspondence
  • People
Description:
Letter concerning the proposed nomination of Arthur Rogers, Jr. for trustee of the museum by Jim Wallis
1446Note from Ted Madara to Nina Gormley
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Other, Literature
  • People
Description:
Notecard reads "Dear Nina: We are lifelong summer residents of SWH and had the great fortune growing up to meet Wendell several times in his workshop while he was carving birds for my grandparents which we now cherish. My mother Linda Madara was asked by Downeast Magazine to write a story about Wendell and to photograph him and his carvings. We came across the text and original copy this summer and thought you may want it for the archives. Best regards, Ted Madara" Note accompanies a typescript of the magazine article, "Wendell Gilley - The Art of Fine Bird Carving" and photographic negatives. [show more]
1479Cormorant
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Cormorant standing on stump against painted background. "Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1478Great Blue Heron
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Heron standing on driftwood base with beak pointing upward against painted background. In pencil on reverse: "Blue Heron." "Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1476Gadwall
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Gadwall on driftwood base set on reflective surface with grasses in background. "Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1475Sandpiper
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Carved sandpiper on driftwood placed on a sandy surface with painted backdrop. "Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1457Wendell Gilley's Carving Desk
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Gilley's desk covered with boxes of carved birds, tools, and other supplies ; "Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
  • 20.01.140
1474Northern Cardinal, Male
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Perched facing downward on driftwood attached to carved oblong base. Underside of base covered in felt. No visible signature or date
  • 20.01.139
1473Great Hornbill
  • Carving, 1/5 Life-size
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Carved at the request of Addie Gilley, who was inspired by an illustration in a book about birds of the world. Signed "Gilley" on bottom of driftwood branch. Underside of base marked "Native of India, Sumatra, Indo China".
  • 20.01.138
1472Common Eider, Male
  • Carving, Decoy
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
One of five eiders Wendell Gilley wanted to make for the museum at the end of his life. He was able to complete three. "Gilley" engraved on undersides of body and head.
  • 20.01.137
1471Ring-necked Ducks, Pair
  • Carving, Pair
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Signed "Gilley" on right of carved wooden base. Underside of base marked "'Ring-neck Ducks' by Wendell Gilley, Southwest Harbor Maine ; Made especially for Dr. Claud F. Young". Not dated.
  • 20.01.136
1470Pileated Woodpecker
  • Carving, Almost Life-size
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Underside of base marked "Made especially for Francis W. Rawle" and signed "by W.H. Gilley".
  • 20.01.135
1469Belted Kingfishers, Pair
  • Carving, Pair
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Underside of base marked "Belted Kingfishers by Wendell Gilley 1977. Also stamped "W.H. Gilley"
  • 20.01.134
1468Atlantic Puffin
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Underside of base marked: "Puffin by W. H. Gilley " ; signature "Gilley" burned into bottom of base
  • 20.01.133
1467Red-winged Blackbird
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Bird perched on branch on carved wooden base. Underside of base marked "Red-winged blackbird by W. H. Gilley 1977".
  • 20.01.132
1466Blue Jay with Acorn
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Blue jay with acorn in its beak perched on driftwood branch on oval base ; signed "Gilley" on front of base
  • 20.01.131
1465Hermit Thrush
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Underside of base marked "Hermit Thrush by Wendell Gilley 1977
  • 20.01.130
1464House Wren
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Underside of base marked "House Wren 1978, #34" and stamped "Wendell H. Gilley".
  • 20.01.129
1463Canada Goose
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Signed "Gilley" on driftwood base beneath tail
  • 81.3.9
1462Snowy Egret
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Miniature adult on driftwood base stands erect, neck [?] back, head up, glass eyes, metal legs, feet, and crest feathers, painted details. Signed on lower right of base "Gilley."
  • 81.1.66
1074Green-winged Teal
  • Carving, 1/3 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/3 life size; adult on natural burl base, head turned slightly to right, hunched back, squatting; burned and painted detail, feet lead. Signed and dated "Gilley '74" on right of base. Marked "Green-winged teal by W. Gilley for Addie Gilley, 1974" on underside of base.
  • 20.01.128
1461Red Knot
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Underside of base marked "Knot by W. H. Gilley approx 1946."
  • 20.01.127
1460Snowy Owl, Male
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Owl looking over left shoulder, glass eyes, wire toes. Signed "Gilley" on rear of driftwood base. Underside of base stamped Wendell H. Gilley.
  • 20.01.126
1459Tit on a Vise
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • 20.01.125
1458Brown pelican
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Signed "Gilley '75" on front of base. Underside of base marked: "Hilda and Hulda Bragdon, 1975" and signed "by Wendell Gilley"
1456Wendell Gilley Carving a Bird
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
"Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1455Wendell Gilley Carving Wings
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
"Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1454Wendell Gilley Carving a Bird
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
"Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1453Wendell Gilley Selecting Driftwood
  • Image, Photograph
  • People
Description:
Wendell Gilley examining a piece of driftwood from a pile outside his workshop. "Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1452Wendell Gilley Painting a Godwit
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Wendell Gilley painting a carving in his workshop with a pipe in his mouth. "Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1451Wendell Gilley Painting a Canada Goose
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Wendell Gilley seated in his workshop next to a window with miniature carvings on windowsill. "Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1450Atlantic Puffin
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Photograph of an Atlantic Puffin carving by Wendell H. Gilley set among rocks. "Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1449Drawing of Chipmunk, Beaver, and Black Bear
  • Image, Art, Drawing
  • Animals
  • Object, Art
Description:
Pencil drawing on tracing paper sent to Donald Fenner from Wendell Gilley ; undated
  • 20.01.087
1332Black Duck, Pair
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Flat bottom, swimming, appear to have been once attached to something, no signature or date
1379Guestbooks
  • Guestbook
  • Guest Books
Description:
3 Guestbooks containing signatures of Wendell Gilley's visitors from March 1944 - Nov. 1951, July 24, 1971 - July 9, 1974, and July 12, 1974 - June 13, 1977. 1 notebook listing names of visitors to his workshop between May 1970 and July 24, 1971
  • 20.01.124
1448Semipalmated Plover
  • Carving, Life-size
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Signed, dated and marked "Semipalmated Plover (Lifesize) by W.H. Gilley, 1975" on underside of base.
  • 81.1.38
1047Semipalmated Plover
  • Carving, 1/4 Life-size
  • Birds
Description:
Approx. 1/4 life size; mounted on pitted driftwood base, facing forward, standing with one leg raised; glass eyes, wire legs and feet, painted adult plumage. Signed, dated and marked "Semipalmated Plover by W.H. Gilley, 1965, Addie Gilley" on underside of base.
  • 20.01.123
1447Common Loon
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Flat bottomed, felt attached to underside
  • 20.01.018
1259Canvasback
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Signed "Gilley" on front of driftwood base. Artist's stamp on bottom of base.
  • 20.01.075
1317Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers
  • Carving
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Solitary sandpiper perched with wings upright on driftwood branch ; spotted sandpiper standing, body tilted downward, on carved oblong base. Signed "Gilley" on left front of oblong base ; no date
1445Letter from Jack Ekstrom to Fred Clark, 1993
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • Other, Literature
Description:
Letter to the president of Warren Tool Co. from artist Ekstrom about an article and artwork of Wendell Gilley's chickadee for Popular Woodworking. Ekstrom describes how he had to carve the chickadee himself before he could finish the article.
1444Ed Moore and Wendell Gilley at the National Woodcarvers Association Meeting, Herkimer, N.Y., May 1967.
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Photograph accompanies letter from Donald M. Fenner to the Gilley Museum. The two carvers are shown seated with various carvings by Wendell Gilley. The pintail in Gilley's hands was given to Fenner. Back of photograph marked: "N.Y.S. Wood carvers Convention Herkimer - May 1967 " ; stamped: "Carlyle W. Kennedy."
  • 80.1.3
1038Ring-necked Pheasant, Male
  • Carving, Miniature
  • Birds
Description:
Miniature; legs set into carved, grey mound base; glass eyes, painted feet and detail. Marked "Addie Gilley, Pheasant by W.H. Gilley" on underside of base.