Darrell (Butch) Wilt

Darrell (Butch) Wilt has lived most of his life in Connecticut. In 1985, Bob Hodges (his mentor, brother-in-law and friend) challenged him to attempt to carve a miniature Bufflehead drake. That was the beginning of a lifetime of enjoyment in wildlife carving. Darrell has studied with Keith Mueller and Rosalyn Daisey. While he has always enjoyed bird watching, it has taken on a new meaning, for now he looks at the character and subtleties of each bird and tries to capture a part of that in his carvings. While he carves decorative songbirds, decorative ducks and decoys, his real passion is for smoothie shorebirds and now marsh birds. He also finds enjoyment in competing and has won several awards at the New England Wildlife and Art Expo and the Ward World Wildlife Championship Carving Competitions. Many of his carvings are in private collections throughout the United States.