Bill Ohrmann started creating wood carvings as a boy, making his toy animals out of apple box panels. He advanced to 3-D figures in a primitive, blocky style, then to more elaborate multi-figure pieces. For many years, wood carvings were what he was well known for in the art world. While still operating the cattle ranch, he found time to make several hundred carvings between the mid 60's and the early 90's. Many were relatively simple wildlife figures, whose sales helped thru the leaner ranch years. His passion, though, was the multi-figure pieces which illustrated such concepts as the Twelve Moons, The Four Winds, and the Deities.
This sculpture is one of a series done to illustrate the twelve moons. The stormy figure represents the fierce weather that can be experienced in this month.
When Wild Geese Call
Who hasn't felt chained to earth and envious when seeing and hearing a flock of geese fly over?
I Heard The Owl Call My Name
This piece is an illustration of a story of the Kwakiutl people of British Columbia, that when you hear an owl call your name, your death will be coming soon.