On the shores of Long Island, New York, Eric M. Kaiser (b. 1952) grew-up during a nostalgic era in American craftsmanship. At an early age, Eric’s interest in physics and flight met his affinity for sailing and the ocean, and he developed a profound affection for birds—the true masters of air, land, and sea. Eric studied Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he nurtured a deeper appreciation for the anatomy of living things. After a time, he resolved that his own hands were the very intersection of his love for craft, and his obsession with the elegant perplexities of nature. It was only inevitable that the culmination of Eric's passions would be expressed through the art of bird carving.
Through a legacy of sculptures that celebrate the magnificence of nature’s remarkable and delicate grace, Eric offers us a glimpse into his world through a distinctively-American art form that embodies the timeless tradition of woodcarving. Every tree tells a story, and it is upon grains of wood that Eric has imbued his own heritage, allowing us all to share in the creative journey that he has dedicated his life to exploring and experiencing.
Eric has been sculpting wooden birds since 1980. His award-winning pieces have received international acclaim in the arena of competitive bird carving, and he is among a select few to have earned the title of World Master. Eric’s lifelike wooden interpretations of avian species are celebrated in print, and by collectors and art enthusiasts in the United States and abroad.
Eric M. Kaiser’s work is on permanent display at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, and is part of the Anne Kolb Nature Center Exhibition Collections in Broward County, Florida. New, non-commissioned sculptures can be viewed at Tree’s Place Gallery, in Orleans, Massachusetts.
Eric enjoys a quiet life on Cape Cod, birdwatching with his wife Roberta in their backyard pond, and on the nearby harbors and bays.