9 am – 4 pm SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018

IBEW Hall, 370 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY

Dear Carver~

Below is the INFORMATION for CARVERS for the 2018 CONTEMPORARY DECOY EXHIBITION.  In keeping with our every-other-year schedule, the Long Island Decoy Collectors Association is trying to provide an opportunity for you to showcase your work, to get together with other carvers, and to keep this traditional art form alive and thriving.  We hope you will join us.

Please spread the word to other carvers and gunning enthusiasts.  And feel free to contact me (sjaysanford@gmail.com) with any questions.  Additional information will be posted here on our website as the next year unfolds.

Finally – there are a few new provisions this time around:

First, all decoys must be carved since the 2016 Contemporary Decoy Exhibition (27 February 2016).

Second, we will require pre-registration of all entries (by mail or e-mail) shortly before the Show – so we can plan the table layouts.

So, let the chips fly!

Steve Sanford

April 2017



As an aid to determining the Class and “type” of decoys that “fit” – here are some examples from the 2016 Exhibition:

Shang Wheeler Heritage Class will show the more elaborate and stylized decoys. These decoysnot super-detailed carvings with no practical use in the field, i.e., not “floating decoratives” – will have more careful carving and paint jobs possible only by skilled and experienced hands.  Postures can be unusual for decoys but must be floatable.  These decoys will honor the traditions of Elmer Crowell and the Ward Brothers, for example, but could also include replicas of true antique decoys.


Al McCormick Gunning Class will show the simpler, more durable decoys – typical gunning stool.  Al was “Mr. Decoy” for decades on Long Island and taught scores of gunners to make their own rigs – especially of Black Ducks, Broadbill and Brant.  So, these decoys – including bills, crests, wingtips or tails – should withstand rough handling.  Paint jobs should be readily duplicated with minimal instruction and consistent with the advice from Eugene Connett’s Duck Shooting Along the Atlantic Tidewater:  “Remember that it is not the so much the appearance of the bird in the hand but the effect of a half-gunshot off that counts”.



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