A carved eagle from Paul White Woodcarving is the result of a long proven successful
process, from the designing stage to the delivery. We get inspiration from existing
designs that belong to the 300 year-old North American tradition of wood carved eagles
and either replicate or interpret them, or just create our own. Popular sizes range
from 1 to 6 feet in width, usually determined by the space the eagle has to fill.
We only use the best selections of wood available, including Northeastern Pine, Bass
Wood and Mahogany; we also have used Walnut, Cherry and even on occasion synthetic
material. We laminate wood using West Epoxy System, then cut out the shape with a band
saw and rough it in with power tools. After that, the eagle is completely carved and
finished with hand tools. The shaping process ranges from around 10 or 15 to 50-60
hours according to the size.
After thorough sanding (and soaking-in of preservative for soft woods), the eagle
gets 2 coats of primer and a first coat of base color, then we finish it in the
traditional style with 23-karat gold leaf and exterior oil-based low luster colors
from a historically accurate palette. This paint system has proven its excellent life
expectancy over our 40 years of experience. Pure gold will not oxidize and the process
of gilding is equivalent to sheathing the sculpture with a solid coat of metal rather
than just decorating, so it will last for at least 30 years.
We are regularly commissioned to create "custom" eagles - as opposed to "standard"
eagles, which are the ones you can see in our galleries and are the most popular
combinations of dimensions and colors. Specific requests include but are not restricted
to changing colors, wings or head direction, all the way to a complete custom design.
Any change that we may bring to an eagle as seen in the galleries makes it a custom
order, and is billed accordingly. The only exception is the lettering on banners,
which is left up to your creativity for no extra cost.
For more details about the making of our eagles, please see "Carving the American Eagle"
"Standard" eagles may be available for purchase within 10 days or less, but most
custom orders will take a minimum of 8 weeks before delivery.
Shipping is a common procedure - we have shipped eagles as far as Alaska or Europe.
Please note that weight varies considerably according to size and wood species.
Small and medium eagles are usually shipped in carton boxes whereas larger ones
require crating and freight transportation.
We pick the best materials and use long-proved methods for our eagles so that
they have a long life expectancy. However, wood will always shrink and swell and over
time the paint may crack open. We recommend that they be checked at least once a year
for any signs if unusual wear, damages and openings.