Watch: Old-Timey Decoy Carving

Famed carver Joseph Whiting Lincoln goes from rough block to finished deke in this silent black-and-white.


This silent video starts off slow but ratchets up quickly. It shows legendary carver Joseph Whiting Lincoln (1859-1938) of Massachusetts hacking away at a block of wood that ultimately becomes a beautiful decoy.

Lincoln’s artwork is coveted by decoy collectors and anyone who values the outdoors. One of his widgeon drake carvings sold for $97,750 — a new world record at the time — at Decoys Unlimited’s 2014 summer auction.

Today, Lincoln’s artwork is showcased in the Ward Museum’s “Decoy in Time” exhibit at Salisbury University.


Cover photo via Flcikr/Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection


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