Harry Danforth

Harry began his artistic career in Hampton, Virginia over 30 years ago. His first creations were relief carvings of shorebirds. Over time, his interests and skills matured into more detailed relief carvings and finally into lifelike 3-D reproductions of ducks, birds, and other wildlife sought by collectors nationwide. Harry’s engineering profession led him to travel extensively throughout the U.S. as well as foreign countries. In each area, he studied the work of local carvers and where possible, worked with them to learn their unique carving and painting techniques. His first competitive entries were in 1995 in woodcarving competitions and shows in Ohio where he earned many first in class awards and was recognized by having several pictures of his work published in the magazine of the National Woodcarvers Association. Upon his retirement in October, 2000, Harry and his wife Teresa settled down in Williamsburg, Virginia where he now spends more of his time carving, observing and photographing birds from his kayak, and hiking the Eastern Shore of Virginia and many of our country’s National Wildlife Refuges. His works range from humming birds to full sized egrets mounted in realistic habitat but is most noted for his shore bird and marsh hen carvings. He initially developed his skills in nature photography to ensure the accuracy and natural reproduction of his carvings, and has since expanded his photography activities as a separate endeavor.

One of his first major works after retirement was a full-size great blue heron that garnered “Best of Show” at the James City County Fair and he has consistently garnered Best of Show for his wildlife carvings at the Fair in subsequent years. In 2006 he received the Best of Show at the Labor Day Wildlife Show at Chincoteague Island for his last full size blue heron carving. In 2010 Harry was selected as Carver of the Year at the Eastern Shore Waterfowl Show. He is currently a member of the Chincoteague Decoy Carvers and Artists Association, and active in the Colonial Nature Photography Club.