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birdman of south carolina

January 9, 2012

Wildlife artist Grainger McKoy has been fascinated with the craft of carving and with the subject of birds since he was a boy.

After graduation from Clemson, McKoy began an apprenticeship under experienced bird sculptor Gilbert Maggioni, who encouraged McKoy to pursue his art.

In his South Carolina studio, McKoy creates lifelike sculptures of birds feeding, flocking, fleeing danger — or fighting.

As part of his attention to detail, McKoy inserts individual wood feathers (below, in his studio), rather than carving them from an existing block.

McKoy’s realistic bird art may be out of reach for some, but his 2012 calendar is not. The 12-month wall calendar includes 16 wildlife images. Available for $6.99 in the gift shop at the High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. Or check

P.S. To learn more about the artist, visit


From → art, gifts, home, paper

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