Decoy carvers have an uncanny ability to make wood fly. They slice away bits until a duck or goose or egret emerges, spreads its wings and takes off.
Don’t believe me? Check out the Ward Museum near Ocean City, Maryland. I first want here on assignment with Frommer’s back when I was writing travel guides. I didn’t expect to be impressed. I mean, a museum filled with duck decoys meant for hunting?
Instead of being bored, I came away
mesmerized by the artistry of the carvers whose work was displayed here. The geese fly away. Images of waterfowl emerge from a block of smooth shiny wood. Feathers, small and delicate, look as if they will fly away on a draft.
And if duck decoys are your thing, they have case after case of them, from all over the world and from throughout history.
My husband and I go back from time to time to see what’s new but to see old favorites. I took pictures of some of the pieces I look forward to seeing. Now, tell me, aren’t these amazing?
Ⓒ Photos and Text Mary K. Tilghman