Some of the Northwest’s premier decoy carvers gathered at Holiday Sports in Burlington on Sat Nov 9 to sharetheir knowledge with other admirers of wood and waterfowl. Tom Newell of LaConner showed some of the paintingskills that helped make him a two-time world champion.
Ben Welton visited with listeners about his many years of using this type of decoy as a guide on Puget Sound.
Kurt Benson and Doug Muldowney also displayed some of their methods that have made them so prolific at creating working decoys.
All three were involved in mentoring young carvers last spring in their quest to prepare entries for the Puget Sound Open decoy competition.This is an annual event sponsored by Washington Brant Foundation featuring several classes of competition for working decoys, usually drawing entries not only local but from across the U.S. Next year’s Open is planned for May 11th, check here for developing details, or phone Kurt Benson for info at 425-231-6497