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Artist Crafts Lifelike Birds From Paper and Wood

It’s astounding just how many ways someone can show his or her appreciation for birds. It typically comes in the form of gorgeous photographs, but occasionally someone will express his or her appreciation through a different art form.

That’s where Zack Mclaughlin comes in.

In his post over at BoredPanda, Zack lays out how he became inspired by the beauty of birds to create gorgeous sculptures. He used the beauty found in the natural world to influence his own work.

The results are astounding.

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You can see in his sculptures, which are composed of paper, wood, and other materials, that he pays careful attention to the details.

He created a life-size and life-like paper sculpture of a hummingbird by diligently cutting out feathers from a tiny piece of paper like this one.

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The dedication it takes to cut out the feathers is truly admirable. There’s no way I would ever be able to do something like this.

The best part is that Zack sells his handmade works over at Etsy. You can proudly display a handmade barn owl in your house or light up a room with a paper and wood goldfinch bell jar light (one of my personal favorites).

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I highly recommend checking out his shop over at Etsy just to see some of his other creations like wire sculptures and hand-cast resin birds. Here’s one last photo to showcase the detail in the paper birds. Simply amazing.

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Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.