History Makers: Carved Wooden Feathers with Bill Sarni

The History Makers Series connects objects from the NHA collections with its history, and the process of making the object.  Take a behind the scenes tour in the NHA collections, with an NHA curator,  to see examples of carved shorebirds and decoys.  Learn how objects are cared for, cataloged, and kept for future generations to learn from.  Following the tour there is a hands on maker session with Bill Sarni, master bird carver, where you will be carving and painting bird feathers.  This workshop will give you a taste of the methods used in traditional bird carving, but in an abbreviated process.

Feathers can be finished as pins and become wearable art.

9:00- 9:45 am Gosnald Center, 89 Bartlett Road, for the behind the scenes tour.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm  1800 House Workshop for makers session in carved and painted wooden feathers.


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.  www.wdsdecoys.com

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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