Lucky 17 Decoys
What I’m working on.


October 28, 2014: I am working on 2 and 2/3rds of a set of Pintails. One is headed to Florida, one is a birthday gift to a good friend, Willie Holder, and the 2/3rds is going on the sign my cousin Jennifer Phillips made for my decoy carving barn.

Set Of Black Ducks

July 10, 2014: The set of American Black Ducks have been completed. One now resides in Lucama, NC, one in Bismarck, ND, one sits next to one of my brother’s Redheads in Grantham, NC, and the fourth bird was a gift to Jerry Talton.

Number 17

June 25, 2014: I am now starting on my 17th bird, and this one is going to be a Red Head that will be heading downeast. Number 17 is going to Corey Lawrence, who lives down near Harkers Island, NC. I told Corey the story about how I came up with the Lucky 17 name, and he said he wanted my 17th bird. I told him it was his. I wasn’t even sure I’d make it to 17. Photos coming soon.

Black Duck Class at the Guild

June 21-22, 2014: I took the Jamie Hand decoy carving class at the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild in Harkers Island and came home with a beautiful Core Sound style Black Duck that I made from a Jersey Shore head and body pattern. The body is two pieces with the center hollowed out.