I live in Salem,Ohio in N.E. Ohio. Salem is close to Youngstown,Ohio.
I have hunted for a lot of years now. Started hunting at the age of 16 and
I am now 61. Started hunting rabbits and pheasants. Then at the age of 30, I got into
deer hunting. I have hunted Ohio ,Pa,and Colo. in search of deer.Then 3yrs
ago my wife got me a yelow lab for Christmas. The breeder that we got her
from, told me to train her for waterfowl. He told me I would have more
hunting time than just hunting upland. So thats what I did and got sold on
waterfowl hunting. And waterfowl isabout all I hunt now. Still do some
upland but if duck season is in will be duck hunting.
I started carving about 8yrs ago. My wife wanted a bird to put on a shelf.
At first it was all song birds and animals. Then went to decorative
decoys. Then 2yrs ago a felow hunter asked me to cave him some working
decoys. Have been keeping busy carving cork decoys from that time on. I
never had a chance to work with another carver. Had to learn from the books.
Books by Burke, Chesser, and Veasey have been a big help.
I do not use much power carving in my work. I like to see the chips flying
off the knife blade. Use wood working tools for the most part. I carve the
heads from cedar. The keels are hardwood, with lead weight. I carve the body
from Wiley cork. I paint with Golden Acrylics. Have used oils but like the
My favorite decoy to carve is the woodduck But will cave for the customer.
As to who my favorite carver is; There are too many good ones to name just
one. Most of them are good people that are willing to help anyone. And for
that I say thanks to them all.
I have not taken any of my work to a contest yet. Hope to soon. But up to
this point it has been the cuctomer and the ducks that have been the judge.
And they have treated me real good up to this point.
The only tip I would have is; Try to carve each decoy a little better than
the last one you did,you will make yourself better as you go along. And put
your name on them. Down the road someone will want to know who the carver
If anyone wishes to get in touch with me. You can find me at;
390 Hickory Lane