Wolfgang Finger

Wolfgang Finger (his friends call him Wolf) is a man skilled in many things. He is a stone mason, house building, artist, stained glass designer and finally, a wood carver. Although he is an expert in each of these endeavors, in this treatise we are primarily interested in his skill as a woodcarver. To understand the whole man, however, I think it is necessary to briefly look at his other fields of expertise.
At the tender age of 7 he was already showing a leaning toward art as he created small clay figures of nursery rhyme characters which were exhibited in the school hallways. Not yet into the use of paint and brush, he created his characters by the use of various colored clays. As he reached his teens he had acquired skill in painting and cartooning. Some years later his cartooning was improved by a mail order course and residency course at an institute of fine arts in Philadelphia. He has had cartoons published in local papers.
Wolf accepted an invitation of a carving friend to attend a wood carving show. He couldn’t believe what he saw. As he left the show he had several bird carving blanks clutched in his hands and a sense of adventure in his heart.
He chose bird carvings because he always felt close to nature and lived in the country most of his life. He spent a lot of time in the woods watching birds. He was able to observe many of them close up and gradually become familiar with their feathering and coloring.
His miniature birds have been described as exquisite. A recent Banded King Fischer took a first place and a grey Falcon took second place in the prestigious Ward Foundation World Competition Show at Ocean City, Maryland.
Wolf’s nature is not to get into a rut but to accept new challenges. His latest project is two miniature whooping cranes executing their mating dance. Although he has reached a plateau of greatness he looks ahead to becoming much better than he is.