The eagle shown above measures approximately 30" from wingtip to wingtip, and is carved of mahogany. The price shown is for that specific size and style, which is important to understand because the variables are virtually limitless. This finishing combination, with the Bald Eagle's head painted realistically and gold leaf employed for accents, has proved to be very popular with visitors to our gallery. You can also see by the blue ribbon what the judges thought of this piece at the Maine Coast Competition.
We have carved a number of stern eagles over the years, ranging in size from a modest 16" mahogany one to grace an office wall to a 7'+ replacement stern eagle for a the schooner Active. Traditionally they were carved of White Pine, but we often use Honduras Mahogany or Poplar, especially when they are to be finished bright (varnished) or partially bright. Both of the eagles shown here are mahogany.
Another option these days for eagles carved for outdoor display is high density urethane sign foam because it holds detail and finishes exceptionally well, does not warp or check, and is impervious to insects and decay. Don't be put off by the word "foam," this is anything but foam-like. It carves and holds detail like the finest White Pine, though it is particularly hard on edge tools. Once completed, it's virtually impossible to tell an eagle or a sign carved from sign foam from one carved from wood.
This "St. Louis" Eagle measures 41" from wingtip to wingtip, and has a maximum thickness of about 4". He was carved from particularly dense Honduras mahogany. It took four 23-page books of 23K gold leaf by the time all of the carved details were covered. This was a commission piece that sold for approximately $1850. Contrary to popular opinion, over the long term, gold leaf is actually more economical than paint. Being metallic gold, it retains its sheen for years...many times longer than even the finest sign enamel or varnish, both of which degrade in the sunlight. Gold never tarnishes. The leaf on this eagle could still look this good in 2050. The eagle with the dark wings in the photo above features marine finishes, so will also withstand the weather.
Prices range from $250-$4500, depending on the design, materials used, overall size, and type of finish. If you are interested in having a stern eagle carved for your home or office...or as a gift...contact us to discuss specifications and pricing.