Carved and Painted Curlew Shorebird with Bill Sarni

Learn to carve and paint an Eskimo Curlew Shorebird decoy.   This decoy is inspired by a recent acquisition to the NHA collection by the Friends of the NHA.

The Eskimo Curlew was one of the most prized birds hunted for sport on Nantucket in the late 19th century. It is now believed to be extinct due to overhunting. This decoy was made by a member of the Folger family on island. It is hollow-carved and features relief-carved wings and a split tail.  Based on the NHA acquisition, students will carve and paint their own Curlew Shorebird.

Learn more about this new acquisition to the NHA collection here.

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 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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