A Folk Art Bird Tree is a single branch of wood or other material held up by a base with birds attached to its branches. Those birds can be made of pottery, metal, paper mache or of classically carved out of wood. Bird trees were carved by the Pennsylvania Germans to symbolize the entrance of spring with its emphasis on rebirth. The trees were filled with colorful birds such as those used in "Fractures" . The birds were very colorful and attached to bent branches. The number of branches  and birds varied with each creation. The position of the birds also varied with each piece. Each carver had their own style for their work. These trees were given to infants or new couples as gifts of affection or courtship.

This Folk Art Bird Tree is colorful and attentive. It supports nine active birds on nine branches. Each Bird has its own personality and color with black, red and white being the dominant motif. The base is decorated with yellow flowers, stylized scroll work and circles. The tree trunk has circles from top to bottom. It is signed under the base. It is 20"T with a base diameter of 6.5"

This bird tree is hand carved by Clarence Fennimore. It is hand painted and signed by Linda Fennimore and dated August 2021. Mr Fennimore is a descendant of carvers including Harry Fennimore who was one of the classic carvers of the Delaware River School. Mr Fennimore was chairman of the annual decoy show put on by the New Jersey Decoy Collectors Association. In 2002 he was named the New Jersey Decoy Collectors Association "Carver of the Year". In 2003, his Pintail Drake was featured decoy for the New Jersey Duck Stamp.

# MCB F505


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