Wendell Gilley was a world-renowned bird carver. This Southwest Harbor native who was one of the two or three recognized pioneers of this indigenous American art form. For some fifty years, he carved in his home garage-workshop, a few blocks away. There, Gilley developed his hobby into a profession and earned a reputation as one of the best bird carvers in America. The Wendell Gilley Museum of Bird Carving showcases his work.