Underwood Wildlife Studio


"Flying Jewels" Butterfly Collection 

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Feathers Decorative Wood Sculptures

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William J. Underwood,  Native American biologist, wildlife sculptor and communications professional is of Abenaki Ancestry. The Abenaki are a Northeastern woodland people and were skilled in all phases of woodcraft and used wood extensively for both utilitarian and artistic purposes. The first use of decoys were by these indigenous people and he strives to continue this tradition.

William resides with his family in upstate New York. He has been drawing, painting and carving wildlife for as long as he can remember.

He has a certificate in commercial art a BS degree in biological science, from SUNY Empire State and a Master of Science in organizational communication and learning design from the Park School of communication at Ithaca College.

Since leaving the corporate world of training and multi-media design in 1995, he has devoted his time between teaching and his love of working in wood.

His primary subjects are birds, animals and fish set in their natural environments. All of nature is part of the great circle of life and held in great esteem by Native Americans. Many are powerful clan symbols in the culture and are key figures in our mythology.

William has been a past recipient of a N.Y. SOS grant and is constantly striving to increase his skills. He has shown his work in local, regional and national competitions and has won numerous awards. He generously shares his skills, conducting classes and demonstrations at public, Native American schools and regional art centers.

He strives to make each piece as realistic as possible. “His goal is to capture the spirit of each creature in all his sculptures”.


Olibamkanni Nidoba 

(Travel well my friends)

Contact me by email: wunderwoo (at) stny (dot) r r (dot) com