Dave Rhodes Dowitcher Shorebird Decoy/decoys
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Dave Rhodes Dowitcher Shorebird Decoy/decoys:
Dave Rhodes Dowitcher shorebird decoy/decoys I carved this bird in a feeding pose, as they are usually seen while constantly probing the salt marshes with their long bills. This decoyis carved from a block of well seasoned white cedar, about two and one-half inches thick, and is a litle longer that life size, being about ten and one-half inches long from the tip of the detailed hardwood bill to the end of the tail. A twelve gauge, hi-brass shotgun shell is included in the photos for size comparison The wings are carved in relief and the white patch between the wings in the top view is slightly recessed. The eyes are beads. The feathery plumage is accomplished with artist's acrylic colors that have dried to a matte finish. This decoy is signed and dated, 2013, beneath the tail and bears my fingerprint as proof of authenticity. The wooden base, dowel and scalloped shell from the local beach are included.
I have been carving for over fifty years. I have spent my time carving shorebirds, ducks, doves, owls, crows and fish. I have been a judge with the Ward Museum contests in Salisbury and Ocean City, Maryland and at the Tuckerton Decoy and Gunning show in Tuckerton , New Jersey which is held each year in late September. I have exhibited with the Great South Bay Waterfowlers of Long Island, New York, The Ward Foundation of Ocean City and Salisbury,Md., the Wetlands institute of Stone Harbor, the Tuckerton Decoy Show,and the New Jersey Decoy Collectors Association Show, all of New Jersey, as well as the Midwest Decoy Collectors show, of St, Charles, Illinois. . In 2004 I was selected as "Carver of the Year" by the New Jersey Decoy Collectors Association. I have won "Best of Show" for a Curlew decoy entered in the Ward Museum's "Chesapeake Challenge", and honored as "Artist in Residence" at the Tuckerton seaport. I am also featured in Loy Harrell's book "Sixty Living and Outstanding North American Carvers." and in Dr. Ken Margolis's book, "Collecting Decoys on a Shoestring." and am also mentioned in Henry Fleckensteins book "Shorebird Decoys". Some of my carvings are in the collection of the Noyes Museum of Oceanville, NJ and the Ward Museum of Salisbury, Maryland, as well as many private collections. A display of my shorebird decoys carved before and around the year 2000 (Y2K) are on display at the Tuckerton Seaport, just off of route 9 in Tuckerton, NJ. During the past few years I have been carving decoys which are used to capture shoebirds and to track their migration, having done work for Virginia Tech, William and Mary University,and National Wildlife Refuges in Hawaii, and Massachusetts and the New York City Audubon Society as well as for individual rescue efforts for birds during the Gulf oil spill.