BILL'S DUCK CARVING
Meet the Artist
My interest in waterfowl carving developed through outdoor sporting outings as a duck hunter. At the conclusion of the hunting season I tried carving decoys as a hobby to pass the long winter months. My interest was expanded when I read about competition decorative carving.
My first decoys were carved in the 1970s and given to family and friends. I began attending art shows and selling my work in 1989.
I now carve year round after retiring from the education field after a 45 year career.
THE CARVING PROCESS
Unique individually carved and painted customized decoys
The waterfowl decoys that I carve are done one at a time. Each individually rendered species begins with a block of Tupelo wood. A pattern to the scale of a life size duck is developed to present a pleasing shape for the decoy. I then use a band saw to remove the excess wood. No part of the decoy is mass produced. Each duck is hand carved by me as a unique sculpture.
A foredom machine with a flexible shaft is used with different bits to rough out the shape of the block. Knives and small cutters are used to carve individual feathers and add texture. The entire bird is wood burned (manually one line at a time) to provide realism and feather softness. I hand paint my decorative decoys with acrylic paint. The entire process (carving, texturing, burning, painting) takes 100 to 150 hours of effort per bird.
NORTH AMERICAN VINTAGE DECOY AND SPORTING COLLECTIBLES SHOW
HENRY DECOY SHOW
WILLIAMS BAY ART FESTIVAL
Pheasant Run Resort, St Charles IL
Henry High School, Henry IL
Edgewater Park, Lake Geneva WI
April 21-22, 2017
February 12, 2017
July 29-30, 2017
NORTHERN ILLINOIS ART SHOW 2017
NUTS ABOUT ART
ART IN THE PARK
Decals County Courthouse Lawn Sycamore IL
John Dixon Park, Dixon IL
Flat Iron Park, Lake Geneva WI
June 4-5, 2017
July 2, 2017, 9 am - 4 pm
August 12-13, 2017
GRAND DETOUR ARTS FESTIVAL
John Deere Historic Site
September 10, 2017
ABBEY RESORT HOSTS ANNUAL GENEVA LAKES ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BOAT SHOW
Lake Geneva WI
September 23-24, 2017