Welcome to my decoy site. This is a work in progress and I hope to be adding more decoys from my personal collection as well as more reference material as time permits. The yellow underlined links lead to additional information where applicable.

Most decoy enthusiasts prefer to collect antique and vintage wood carvings by famous carvers like Stevens, Charles Perdew, Ward Brothers, Mason Factory Decoys, Evans, Pratt, Elmer Crowell, Hays, & several others.

However, I prefer to collect decoys made by modern carvers such as Lisa Byrd, John Gwerth, Randy Tull, Robert Kelly, Tom Taber, and artists in the employment of factories like Big Sky Carvers, and Oregon Wildlife.


Big Sky Carvers
Tom Taber
Randy Tull
Joe Seme
Oregon Wildlife
Billy Ellis
Ed Meachen

That is not to say that I don't have any working gunners in my collection, in fact I do, and have bought & sold several over the years. I've also sold several antique decoys on consignment. At this time, I do not have any vintage decoys for sale. Check out this pair of 1890's Goldeneye "Whistler" rigmates by Francis "Frankie" Louis (St. Lawrence River) in original paint.

Click here for other assorted vintage and antique decoys that have passed through my collection. If you have any information on any of these old timers, please send me an email. At this time, I am not interested in purchasing any decoys. Unless you have an offer I can't refuse.

Some examples of early factory decoys that were carved on a mass production router/duplicator. Some were painted and sold as is, and others were further hand worked with rasps and then sanded to smooth out the router tooling marks.

There are also a few carvings that I've placed in a special category. These are meticulously hand finished decoys that were made for display only and show extraordinary detailing.

These carvings have raised primary wings with individual feather veining, and intricate lifelike detailing around the tail feathers, head, bill, and eyes.

Examples would include the Jason Lucio Wood Duck Drake, the Jim Sprankle Green Winged Teal, and the Richard Porter Shoveler Drake. The Richard Porter page also shows several other examples of his fine work.


History of Wildfowler Decoys, Inc.

Another excellent reference resource for old collectible gunner decoys is Russ Goldberger at: RJG Antiques.

2007 Ducks Unlimited Decoys

Please note: At this time, I do not have any decoys for sale.

Also, from time to time, I will receive an inquiry regarding my thoughts on appraisals. Please be advised I am no expert. My best advice is to search ebay completed auctions to see if you can find a similar decoy that has sold recently.

Google your carver and check other online sites. Much depends on condition, the artist, the age of your duck and overall popularity, not to mention the rarity factor.


For appraisals on your antique & vintage decoys, I recommend visiting the Guyette & Schmidt web site. I've consulted with Gary Guyette on a number of occasions and he has always been prompt and friendly with his knowledge.

Below are some of the decoys currently in my collection. I hope you enjoy browsing through them.

I have some decoys that are not signed and have listed these as unknown carvers. If you recognize any of these carvings that I have indicated as unknown, please send me an email.

Duck Species & ID Portal Page  Appearance, Habitat Range, Feeding, Migration, Nesting, Etc.


Decoys by Randy Tull

Old Squaw Drake
by Randy Tull
DU (RARE)

Bufflehead Drake
by Randy Tull
DU

Goldeneye Drake
by Randy Tull
DU


Big Sky Carvers Decoys

Redhead Drake
Big Sky Carvers
(Thomas Chandler)

Mallard Drake
Big Sky Carvers
(Craig Fellows)

Cinnamon Teal Drake
Big Sky Carvers
(Cheri Kirkpatrick)

Woodduck Drake
Big Sky Carvers
(Kim Stephens)

Hooded Merganser Drake
Big Sky Carvers
(Parker Goodman)

Green Winged Teal Drake
Big Sky Carvers
(Craig Fellows)

Mallard Drake Special Edition
Big Sky Carvers
(Linda Williams)


Decoys by Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly was born in 1955 and raised in Port Colborne, Ontario.

After graduating from high school and spending six years in the work force, he was persuaded by his older brother to pursue his artistic talents.

Shown at right: Redbreasted Merganser Drake by Robert Kelly


In 1980, Robert moved to Toronto where he started carving full-time.

After three years, he moved back to the Port Colborne area where he presently has his woodcarving business.

Shown at left: Western Grebe, Alert Head by Robert Kelly


The birds are carved from Canadian White Pine and finished with semi-transparent stains which allow the natural grain and warmth of the wood to show through.

Shown at right: Hooded Merganser Hen by Robert Kelly


They are then sealed and sprayed with a water based finish. Eyes are inserted and each piece is signed and dated.

Click here: Robert Kelly Woodcarving to visit his site (which I developed and maintain for him). I have acquired four decoys from Robert as shown here. Thanks Robert & Mary Ann!

Shown at left: Flying Common Loon by Robert Kelly


Custom Decoys by Lisa Byrd

Lisa Byrd has been working with decoys for over 25 years. She worked at Stoney Point Decoys in Oak Hall, Va. for over 14 years. When she started there, it was the world's largest decoy factory. In June of 2003, Lisa was the lead artist and new product designer. Her work has been featured in the Dec. 2002 / Jan. 2003 issue of Wildfowl Magazine, as well as Ducks Unlimited Magazine.

Lisa Byrd continues to handcarve and paint her own brand of decoys, both for display as well as for practical hunting purposes.

Her carvings can be purchased online from her web site: 5th Day Of Creations Reproductions (which I developed and maintain for her). As you can see below, I have a nice assorted collection of her decoys. Thanks Lisa!

Pintail Drake - Custom
Lisa Byrd

Common Loon Calling Head
Lisa Byrd

Mandarin Drake Custom
by Lisa Byrd

Ringneck Drake - Custom
Lisa Byrd

Mallards Drake & Hen Set
Stoney Point - Lisa Byrd

Redbreasted Merganser Hen
Lisa Byrd

Green Winged Teal Drake
Lisa Byrd

Green Winged Teal Hen
Lisa Byrd

Mallard Hen - Custom
Lisa Byrd

Widgeon Drake Feeding Head
Lisa Byrd

Shoveler Drake - Custom
Lisa Byrd

Green Winged Teal Drake
Lisa Byrd

Arctic Loon W/Open Mouth
Lisa Byrd

Gadwall Drake - Custom
Lisa Byrd

Blue Winged Teal Drake
Lisa Byrd

Killdeer
Lisa Byrd

Custom Dunlin
Lisa Byrd

Miniature Goose
Lisa Byrd

Lessor Scaup - Bluebill Drake
Lisa Byrd

Least Tern
Lisa Byrd

Bob-White Quail
Lisa Byrd

Miniature Canvasbacks
Lisa Byrd

Bluebird Custom
Lisa Byrd


Decoys by Maynard Caine


I was fortunate to be able to get in touch with Maynard Caine through ebay and he provided the following background regarding his carving history:

Canadian carver Maynard Caine has been carving decoys for over 30 years in the Thousand Islands Region of the St. Lawrence River and is a fourth generation desendant of Gus Rogers of the Holland Street Carvers of Alexandria Bay, N.Y.

He carves all of his decoys by hand, using the old school methods with a drawknife and rasps.

Maynard carves tombstone lettering professionally, but spends as much time as possible surrounded by sawdust and wood shavings in his carving studio.

His wife Gwen also carves and paints decoys and specializes in Song Birds.

Blue Jay
Maynard Caine (Gwen)


Shoveler Drake
Maynard Caine

Shoveler Hen
Maynard Caine

Canvasback Drake
Maynard Caine

Bluebill Gunner
Maynard Caine

Cardinal
Maynard Caine (Gwen)

Oriele
Maynard Caine (Gwen)


Other Assorted Decoys

Pintail Drake - Proud Head
John Gwerth - DU

Green Winged Teal Drake
Wildfowler - Babylon

Blue Winged Teal Drake
Jim Pierce


Mallard Hen
Wildfowler (transition piece)

Canvasback Drake
Stebbins Cayuga Lake

Green Winged Teal Drake
Adavan

Mallard Drake
Unknown Carver

Kodiak Bear W/Fish
Canada Unknown Carver

Full Size Canadian Goose
Unknown Carver

Wood Duck Drake
Unknown Carver

Canvasback Drake
Unknown Carver

White Swan
Unknown Carver

Redhead Drake
Swan Quarter - Higting

Redhead Hen
Swan Quarter - TS Fruin

Blue Winged Teal
Swan Quarter - L Justine

Green Winged Teal
Swan Quarter - TS Fruin

Goldeneye Drake
Ward Brothers (repaint)

Canvasback Drake
Unknown

Wood Duck Drake
Danbury Mint

Mallard Drake
Stoney Point Kit Decoy

Full Size Teal Duck
Burl Wood Unknown Carver

Oversize Pintail Drake
Billy Ellis

Oversize Pintail Hen
Billy Ellis

Mallard Drake
Hutch

Banking Wood Duck Drake
Mike Borrett

Banking Wood Duck Hen
Mike Borrett

Wood Duck Drake
Ken Harris

Mallard Drake
Stoney Point Kit Decoy

Ringneck Hen
WBF II

Folk Art Seagull - Proud
Head - Unknown Maker

Mallard Drake
Bob Jones

Lessor Scaup
Bluebill Drake RJK

Antique Hollow Black Duck
Harry V. Shourds


Below: 3 Asian Imports
Click here for more examples


Canada Goose
Asian Import

Miniature Pintail Drake
Asian Import

Miniature Mallard Drake
Asian Import


Couple More Assorted Decoys

Mallard Drake Gunner
B. Tuttle

Common Loon Mount
Taxidermy

Wood Duck Drake
American Wild Fowl Series


My Miniature Decoys

Greater Yellowlegs Shore Bird
Lisa Byrd

Great Blue Heron
Native American

Miniature Pintail Drake
Doug Drew

Cast Iron Canvasback Drake
RWC Originals

Peregrine Falcon
Kent (New England)

Miniature Canadian Goose
Tromblay - Canada

Miniature Elmer Crowell
Shore Bird - By R Randall

Miniature Crystal Glass
Duck - Fenton Glass

Miniature Seagull On
Driftwood - Lisa Byrd

Elmer Crowell Miniature
Redhead Drake - Joe Seme

Miniature Northern Pike
Unknown Carver

Miniature Harlequin Drake
Anri - Italy

Miniature Mallard Drake
Signed - Unknown

Ward Brothers Miniature
Pintail Drake - Joe Seme

Miniature Pewter Wood Duck
Unknown Origin

Great Blue Heron
Native American

Miniature Wood Duck Drake
Anri - Italy

Miniature Pintail Drake
Anri - Italy

 

Blue Jay
Unknown Carver

Downy Woodpecker
Kent (New England)

Nesting Pelicans
Unknown Carver

Roadrunner
Lisa Byrd

Standing Miniature Mallard
O.J. Tuttle

Black Skimmer
Lisa Byrd