Brant Point Duck Decoy with Bill Sarni

The class will be carving a traditional style decoy.  The decoy will be done in the style used on Nantucket off Brant Point and along the New England Coast.  We will study the bird and decoy structure and discuss how they were used.  We will be carving a 1/3 size Brant Decoy from native white pine, using hand tolls , as did the old time decoy makers of the period.  We will then detail, sand, and paint with acrylics.  And to make it interesting, the student that can given me a believable answer how Brant Point got its name, gets a prize.

Maximum class size: 6

Bill Sarni is well known for his decoy carvings, with their meticulous attention to detail, and his restoration work.  He began carving as a boy and received training from many celebrated decoy carvers.  He has been featured in several publications and selected for interview by the Folk Arts and Heritage Program initiated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  His work has been widely exhibited throughout New England.

The mission of the Nantucket Historical Association is to tell the inspiring stories of Nantucket through its collections, programs, and properties.

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