Welcome to the Blog today. I’m so happy you decided to visit. Today I’m sharing with you some vintage geese and a duck that I found at Thrift Stores in the past couple of years. I’ve always loved these vintage pieces and being originally from Canada the goose holds a special place in my heart. Hand carved and painted wooden birds are great to use as home decor year round but the holidays really help them to shine.
The goose in the picture above is quite large, 16″ from tip to tip and 13″ tall. It is carved out of a single piece of wood and the painting is quite detailed. I remember finding this at a Salvation Army Thrift Store. They had just brought him out from the back on a cart and I saw him and quickly placed him in my basket. He was being sold for under $5. I was thrilled.
He has painted eyes and you can see the defined beak and even the nostrils. Such a beautiful guy.
Next we have this beautifully primitive carved goose. He is also carved from a single piece of wood but in a simpler style. I love the curve of his neck and the raised eyes calling attention to the face. His beak is also defined and he is quite beautiful. The paint on this duck is distressed, some I think by design and some through natural wear and tear. He definitely has attitude. He was about $2 at a Goodwill. This duck measures 11 3/4″ long by 9 3/4″ tall.
This third piece is a painted Wood Duck carved from a single piece of wood. The painting on the duck is more detailed and the eyes are made of glass. He measures 12″ long by 6″ tall. He is a little beauty. This duck was found at a local Thrift Store and I still have the tag on the bottom. This duck was $2.25 and I think bought last November.
The Wood Duck was made in 1980 by Janice Cooper as you can see by the signature.
For the holiday season the duck and geese are dressed in seasonal bows. I often use red but don’t have my red ribbon unpacked yet so used this bronze and gold ribbon to give you an idea of how they look during the holidays. You can place your birds in a basket filled with pine or in a wooden dough boy with seasonal greens. They can be centerpieces or accent pieces and bring a bit of the outdoors inside. The natural look is a great way to decorate during the holidays.
Thanks for joining me today and hope you find some of these great wooden birds when you’re thrifting.