Trillium Woods Drummer
Pat Godin (b. 1953)
Paris, Ontario, Canada, 1998
16 1/2 in. tall on base, 20 in. wide bas
“This man, Pat Godin, has already accomplished more than most of us dream of in the world of wildfowl carving...My advice is this: when you have a chance to question Pat Godin about carving do a lot of listening. I do!” - Tan Brunet (b. 1938) Five-time World Champion Decorative Decoy Pairs This drumming ruffed grouse on a log is a truly exceptional, award-winning work by a living legend of decorative bird carving. Both the bird and the log are carved and painted wood. The exceptional shaping of layered feathers and accuracy in achieving the realistic and complex patterns of this bird reflects the artist’s deep knowledge and respect for the ruffed grouse. While the bird is the centerpiece of this carving, the carved log on which it is perched is a masterful element of the presentation, inspired by the artist’s extensive observations in the forest. Of note is the layering of the bark at the end of the log which echoes the layered feathers of the expanded tail. This through design is no accident, as all elements of this carving were modeled in clay before sculpting in wood.
The premier event of the annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition is the highly competitive Decorative Life Size class. In 1998 this lot, Trillium Woods Drummer, was judged first runner-up in this elite group. The Ward Museum, the host of the event, acquired the blue-ribbon carving for its collection, making this the top ranked work available for private ownership.
Pat Godin has carved birds since 1968. His interest in birds and nature began as a child on an old farm in southern Ontario. During the years 1972 to 1979, Pat studied to acquire his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Guelph in Ontario. Upon graduation he made a decision to carve decoys and sculpt other species of birds out of wood and paint them for a living.
Beginning in the early 1970s Pat began to complete in the many decoy and bird carving competitions. He quickly rose to the top, competing against the premier carvers of the time and was awarded his first World Championship title in 1976. Following that initial win are a total of seventeen World titles up until his recent win at the 2019 Ward World Championship with his Best in World Shootin’ Rig of Mallards.
Pat exhibited at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland, for thirty years and in 1984 he was inducted into Festival’s Hall of Fame. During the 2015 Ward World Championship in Ocean City, Maryland, Pat was honored as a Living Legend.
The underside of the base is inscribed and signed by the artist "Trillium Woods Drummer / 1998 / by Pat Godin."
Original condition with minimal wear, one crest feather reset by the artist.
Provenance: Private Collection, Pennsylvania, acquired directly from the artist
Literature: Ocean City, Maryland, “Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition,” Ward Museum of Waterfowl, 1998, first runner-up.
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