American Avocet – Al Jordan
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Al Jordan has been studying and enjoying birds his entire life. While growing up, he spent many hours with his father watching birds at local Audubon facilities and many hawk migration points including Hawk Mountain in Pennsylvania, the south shore of Lake Erie in New York, and Hawk Cliff in Ontario, Canada.
Jordan briefly wandered away from birds to pursue a career in the art of cooking, graduating from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in 1983. During his stint at the CIA, he managed to return to nature spending a year as a chef for a research team in Antartica. While working in the food service industry, he began his career in bird sculpture. His first creation, a Bufflehead decoy, won every competition it entered. It was then that his love for the art form exploded. Subsequent successes enabled him to retire from the Chef world in 2006 to pursue his love of bird sculpture full time.
In 2004, after spending many hours working in a raptor banding station, Jordan dove into the world of Falconry. He reached acclaimed status of Master Falconer and is recognized as one of the most productive falconers on the east coast.
His inherant interest and ability uniquely qualify him to capture the essence of all orders of birds in his sculpture. In 2008 he won Best of Shoe in the IWCA National Shorebird Championships. After winning 1st Best of Show in the Advanced Division at the Ward World Championships in 2013 and 2015, Jordan achieved Master Carver status. He has since won 2nd and 3rd Best of Masters, finished 3rd Best in World in 2017 and 2nd Best in World in 2019. He is proud to be amonth those who have achieved World Championship status. An accomplished and highly sought after judge, Jordan has officiated at shows all over the country, including the Ward World Championships. His critical eye, knowledge of birds and their anatomy, and high level of craftsmanship enable him to critique any piece. He judges at all levels from Novice to World Championships.