David M Bird and his “Becorns”!

David Bird is a a photographer, toy designer and illustrator, based in South Kingstown, Rhode island, USA. One of the quirky things he does is make Becorns and then photographs them. Becorns are woodland creatures, like tiny little people, that he makes from acorns, pine cones, sticks, and other natural materials. He then photographs them in nature with birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and other wildlife.
The photography process usually involves a study of animal behaviour, birdseed, and a lot of patience over many hours or even days.
His work evolved from his career designing toys for Lego and Hasbro, which are world wide toy brands that many readers will be familiar with.

David says on his website bio:

“I've always loved illustration and visual storytelling, and the feedback I heard from kids about my toy designs convinced me of the power of storytelling as a means to connect and inspire.

I’m now freelancing as a designer and illustrator, while working on personal projects devoted to visual storytelling of wonder and whimsy.

The seeds for Becorns were planted when I worked for Lego, designing warrior action figures for their Bionicle line. I fell in love with the process of inventing characters and stories out of the abstract bio-mechanical parts.

When I left Lego, I missed it, and the never-ending supply of building parts... until I looked into a pile of sticks and realized I had all the parts I need.”1

You might like to look at the following 6.34 minute video containing the intricate process of David’s first project, combining his skills in design, creation, illustration and photography……… all culminating in a wonderful “moment in time” image of his Becorns with a bluebird……

Credit: david.bird.com

If you are interested, there are other videos and photos on David’s website:

David M Bird | Becorns Fine Art Photography
David M Bird is a photographer and toy designer based in Providence, RI. Becorns are a nature crafts project elevated to Fine Art. These Woodland creatures are made from acorns and photographed with birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and other wildlife. Shop a selection of art prints for sale on paper, ac
 Isn’t it fascinating what people do!


  1. With thanks to David M Bird at davidmbird.com