I'm from Union Springs,NY, which is in the Fingerlakes
Region of upstate NY, where I hunt ducks quite a bit. I started carving
decoys about 6 or 7 yrs ago. I was lucky to have a close friend who has
been carving decoys for 20 yrs or more, and hunting ducks even longer.
Bill Moore from Moravia,NY. Bill got me started and has helped me throughout
the years immensley.
Which is fun, because they really test my carving ability,
by adding more detail. Im still developing my own carving style, so im
constantly experimenting with different techniques, ex: painting, keel
design, patterns. As far as tips and suggestions, im far from being able
to teach somebody how to carve decoys, but one thing
I've learned is to spend alot of time with patterns and
reference material. I still use printed patterns(Godin), but I do alter
patterns and have recently started drawing my own, which is alot of fun.
My favorite bird to carve, is the hen canvasback. I have many favorite
carvers, but if I had to name one, it would be Tom Christie.
Please feel free to contact me under any circumstance,
whether its to purchase decoys or ask questions. Check out my website!
Vanderhoof Gunning Decoys
Rt 34b box 4336
Union Springs,NY 13160