exterior view of live oak gallery

Henry Brewer

Duck Decoys and Carved Birds


Highly regarded craftsman and duck hunter, Henry Brewer has a show of duck decoys and carved birds. His decoys have won numerous awards at national carving competitions where the judging is based not only on the decoy’s appearance but on its ability to self-right and float correctly after being submerged in water. Brewer actually float-tests each decoy himself and then adjusts its floating position by screwing a spoon-shaped lead weight to the decoy’s underside. “The truth is, decoys aren’t just carved; they’re made... because a decoy maker is part carver; part painter and part nautical engineer.” Read the Decoys for Ducks article.