This piece is more of a sculpture than a wood carving. Though I carved it out of wood, no tool marks are visible. I spent a lot of time filing and sanding them all away. The result is a smooth finish. It is carved out of a solid block of mahogany and mounted to a figured maple base. The piece is about 12 inches long. It is a close interpretation of the hood ornament on a Jaguar automobile.
Eagle talons are complicated and difficult to carve. This is why almost every carved eagle you find has some sort of stylized version. I found a pretty good picture online of a close up view of an eagle talon and tried to reproduce it. Here's the result.