Mel Phaff

The May favorite three speaker was Mel Phaff. The first decoy he talked about was a Mark Whipple Pintail Drake. It’s from the Bourg area of Louisiana and made of Cyprus wood, which means it won’t rot. It was made circa 1934 and Mel purchased it from a dealer. He likes this decoy because of its unique styling, carving technique and paint expression.

Mel’s second decoy was a Broadbill Hen by Orel LeBoeuf of Saint- Anicet, Quebec.  It was carved in 1920 and was the only decoy that survived a fire. Mel got it at an Easton show and it’s a favorite of his because he likes that the carving of feathers was done with only a pen knife. Mel said that he is honored to own this decoy.

His third favorite decoy of the evening was a Curlew Whimbrel from Long Island. It has a cedar body, a pine head and a locust bill. It was carved circa 1890. Although the carver is unknown, it has great original paint. Mel likes this decoy because it is totally unique.

Thank you to Mel for sharing three of your favorite and unique decoys with us.


(Reminder: If you are scheduled to talk about your favorite three decoys but unable to attend the meeting, please contact George Munkert or Kate Sohm so they can get a replacement for the meeting.)

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