Dave Rhodes Least Tern Shorebird Decoy/decoys For SaleDave Rhodes Least Tern shorebird decoy/decoys I have been watching the steady flow of Common Terns and Least Terns as they fly steadily along the shoreline toward the southern waters. In the millinery trade there was a time when ladies wore the preserved feathers of these small terns as decorations on their hats (When hats were in fashion) Sometimes only the wings would be used, sometimes from the larger common terns or the entire bird would be used, preserved by a taxidermist. These bird were a gift for the hunters to gather, particularly along the Long Island coast. This white pine decoy carving is painted in juvenile plumage using artist's acrylic colors that have dried to a matte finsh. The eyes are paintd and then gloss varnished. The overall length from the tip of the wingtip to the end of the detailed hardwood bill is about eight and three-quarter inches and the width is about two inches. It is signed and dated (2013 beneath the tail and bears my fingerprint as proof of authenticity. A twelve gauge, hi-brass shotgun shell is shown in the photos for size comparison. 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.
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