Bill Dawson began carving as a hobby around 2006, starting slowly with small, familiar, Midwestern bird species such as doves and finches. Practice, along with encouragement from the friends with whom he shared those early sculptures, led him to larger, more complex forms. Dawson’s work is firmly rooted in woodcraft tradition, both manipulating and yielding to the natural form, grain, and texture of the wood.  As with any subtractive sculptural process, one envisions the artist literally discovering - revealing - the figure from within its material block. Dawson’s forms are clearly representational of animal subjects, and yet the fact of the time-intensive, craft-rooted carving and smoothing that yielded them imbues the sculptures with tenderness and nostalgia.