This barn owl is one of our old, original pieces that we cast and sold when Windstone was first started, in 1984. Windstone was originally called "Mark Hines Creations" because the whole thing was Mark Hines' idea!
When we realized that fantasy things-and dragons in particular - sold much better than real animals, we discontinued the entire line of regular creatures and concentrated on weird ones.
When we moved our factory from California to Oregon we rediscovered a hoard of these old castings that had been packed away, unfinished, for years. This Owl was one of them.
His feet have always been an embarrassment to me; the toes on this older version of the sculpt are incorrect, as well as the feathering on the feet. Barn owls have bare legs.
I airbrushed these unpainted old owls and sold them as a limited edition on Ebay.