Jim Eppler's New Venture

By Jill Soens

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Jim Eppler is best known for his life-size and giant bronze ravens - an eternal symbol of the Southwest. But his love for animals goes far beyond simply depicting them - Jim and a friend reclaimed several acres of badly damaged land near Lubbock and restored them into a wildlife refuge. Many of the birds and animals he depicts are real-life models!

Recently, Jim has branched out into creating miniature bronze animals - wolves, elk, deer, and ravens. And he has his wife to thank for it!

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Jim  travels frequently, delivering, picking up sculptures, and entering shows.  This means he is frequently staying in motels and, not being a TV kind of guy, he was getting bored.  His wife, Becca, decided that instead of being bored, he should work!  She put together a traveling sculpture kit for him to take on the road.

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Each of the pieces in "Miniature Elk Herd I" were designed and carved from many nights spent in motels across the country.  Wives are known to have very good ideas!

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