Carved Ruddy Duck Drake Decoy with Bill Sarni

We will be carving a drake Ruddy duck decoy similar to the ones used by hunters along the east coast. We will be using hand tools to carve using native white pine wood. We then detail, sand, and paint using acrylic paints. The Ruddy is one of the hardest ducks to decoy as they are normally nocturnal flyers, and a very solitary bird, making it less popular to hunters. This makes the Ruddy decoys fairly rare and much sought after by collectors. The Ruddy does winter on Nantucket and have been observed on Miacomet Pond, Hummock Pond and Clarks Cove.

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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