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2012 Core Sound Results Posted

The 2012 Core Sound Decoy Festival results are posted in the competition results section. 

You can also check out some of the photos from the show in our photo gallery. Thanks to Bill Einsig for providing the photos. You can check out his website for additional photos.


Joey Eubanks - Redhead Drake - 2012 Core Sound Style Decoy - Best of Show


25th Anniversary Core Sound Reminder

Just a reminder for everyone that next weekend (Dec. 1st & 2nd) is the:

25th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival
held on Harkers Island, NC


Andy Pope, 3rd place, Duplin County DU Lesser Scaup Competition

Come and join us for the 25th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival, held by the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild, at the Harkers Island School.

As always there is something for everyone.

Decoy Carving Competitions: 

  • IWCA Decoy Competitions
  • Core Sound Decoy Competition 
  • Contemporary Antiques Competition
  • Youth Carving Competition
  • Duplin County DU Decoy Championships(Canvasback Drake)

The 2012 show also features the IWCA Working Decoy Championship. There are no quailfying rules for this event, so send in your gunners following the IWCA working bird rules.

Also Featuring:

  • Kids decoy painting
  • Decoys for sale 
  • Waterfowl Art for sale
  • Decoy Auction (You can see a list of auction Items on the guilds Facebook page)
  • Head Carving Contest

Raffle Drawings for the following:

  • Browning Shotgun
  • Ring-neck Decoy by "Jack Cox" this Years Featured Carver 
  • Waterfowl Art Print by the Late David Lawrence
  • Quilt By Mrs. Kay Salter

25th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival Shirts, 25th Anniversary Shirts, Other Festival Souvenirs for sale. And of course Good Food!

Admission is $8 Daily 
Kids 12 and under free
Sunday is Kids Day and all who are 17 and under get in free

For more information you can go to: 




2012 Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show Report

2012 Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show Report by Donald Baiar

The 25th Silver anniversary Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show wowed the crowds viewing the carvings displayed in our largest show ever with 98 artists and significantly more carvings that ever before.   The City owned Water Resources Education Center, the picture perfect taylor made venue for our show, draws competitive carvers and awed guests from far and near to view the best display of exquisitely carved Birds, Mammals, Decoys and Fish in the Northwest. The Feather and Quill Carvers extend appreciation to the many out of town carvers and IWCA board members who held their annual meeting again at the Center on Thursday. Their help was crucial to the success of the CFWS.  The weather as usual was perfect for floating our large slate of IWCA  Style and Working Decoys in the beautiful entrance fountain pond on Saturday and the increasing popular contest on Sunday, the 6” Mini Canvasback floating decoy trade event where everyone gets to take home someone else’s bird.  The three judges took almost an hour to decide on the top 3 out of the 17 entries with Gary DeCew Ist, Don Baiar 2nd, and Jerry Harris 3rd.  BEST OF SHOW was deservedly awarded to Michael Buelna for a remarkable Bench carving of a Sea Turtle.  Michael also presented a Sunday Afternoon bonus workshop on creating faux marble in bases as seen on his BOS carving. Two other demonstrations were presented on Saturday and Sunday morning by Byrn Watson on making Canvas Decoys and by featured carver Anthony Donato on “Reference tools for Success.  



Special Awards were given by the Audubon team to Peter Kaune for a stunning Pyrrhuloxia.   Ducks Unlimited chose  Anthony Donato’s beautiful Widgeon drake and the Sportswriter’s Award was bagged by Michael Buelna’s  unique wall hanging Rooster fish.  Vancouver’s and Ridgefield’s Mayors’ Awards went to Brad Snodgrass’s ornate Baikal Teal and Novice carver Timeri Hansen’s Burrowing Owls.  Saturday’s People’s Choice Award was earned by Debbie Van Vliet for an entrancing Chickadee pair and Tom Newell picked up a trio of awards with Sunday People’s Choice the Chairman’s Award and the coveted Carver’s Choice Award for a wonderful frog stalking American Bittern



The weather was once again perfect and all had a great time at our sold out Banquet that beat all past banquets for elegance, quality, and service.   So put September 14 and 15, on your calendar for next year and plan to visit and compete  at the CFWS.  A Great time is guaranteed. Next year our two $1000 Purchase Awards species are the Cedar Waxwing and the Red Crossbill.  Our six inch Decoy trade species will be the Pintail hen.  For all rules, info and photos please visit our website:  



2012 IWCA Board Meeting Election Results

The 2012 IWCA board meeting was held on September 6th in Vancouver Washington. The new Officers of the IWCA Board of Directors are as follows:

Bob Sutton - Chairman of the Board
Heck Rice - President
Neal Stoneback - Vice President
Gary Joe Bryan - Vice President
Tom Westbrock - Treasurer
Doug Muldowney - Webmaster
Laurie McNeil - Secretary


2012 Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show


Sep 8th and 9th, 2012

Water Resouces Education Center, Vancouver, Washington 

Anthony Donato's Decortive Floating Green Winged Teal

The Feather and Quill Carvers Club, in a partnership with the city of Vancouver, Washington, presents our silver anniversary Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show on September 8 and 9, 2012. This is our sixth year at what Bob Sutton, past president of the IWCA, describes as the finest facility for a wildlife carving show he has ever seen. That compliment is appreciated and deserved since the city owned venue is picture perfect—architecturally and functionally—and comes complete with an outstanding staff, an impressive entrance fountain pond to float our decoy devisions, a state of the art classroom, and a premier top floor reception/show area that is framed by wrap-around windows overlooking the scenic park and river. 

CFWS specializes in realistic carvings of birds, fish, mammals, and decoys, with interpretive and miniature divisions. Most divisions adhere to IWCA rules. Over $7000 in awards and ribbons will be presented. In addition to IWCA mainstay contests such as Working decoys, IWCA style decoys and shorebirds, and IWCA decoratives, there are three purchase awards for 2012:

  • Dr. Peter B. Lyon's $1000 Best of the Northwest award will go to the best judged Bohemian Waxwing.
  • The Bob and Doris O’Neill $1000 Best of Washington Backyard Birds $1000 purchase award will be given for the best pair of American Goldfinches (maximum height 16”).
  • The $500 Feather & Quill purchase award will go to the best judged carving entered in that category to be raffled by the club during the year to raise show funds.

    This year we are also lucky to have Anthony Donato giving a seminar on Sunday from 10-12 on incorporating reference into your carvings. We are also happy to have Byrn Watson presenting a seminar on Saturday from 9:30 - 11:30 on making carvings from alternative materials. Both these seminars are provided free of charge.

    So come to beautiful Vancouver, Washington for this year’s event and as always, our best show ever. A great time is guaranteed.

    Admission: Free to the public; donations accepted

    You can download the full show brochure by visiting the CFWS website, or you can direct download them from our site:


    2012 St. Clair Flats Wildfowl Association Decoy Show

    2012 St. Clair Flats Wildfowl Association Decoy Show

    Saturday, August 11th, 2012
    Perch Point Conservation Club -7930 Meisner Road
    Casco Twp., MI 48064


    Gary Hanson's Market Gunner, Single - Best of Show winner 2012

    This weekend, Saturday the 11th, is the 29th annual St. Clair Flats decoy show. Please join us at the Perch Point Conservation Club for our one-day event. This is classic decoy show featuring both traditional, regional categories as well as IWCA categories. The St. Clair Flats show features "Market Gunner" contests that have always allowed carved and raised primary feathers to capture the essence of the species, and continue to do so. 

    Some of the contests featured at this show include:

    • IWCA Style
    • Market Gunner, singles
    • Market Gunner, three-bird rig
    • Gunning Shorebirds
    • Cocktail Birds

    There is also a kids painting contest at 11 am. The class is open to kids 17 and under. The decoy to be painted will be a Canvasback Sleeper from The E. Allen Decoy Company, using Golden Acrylic paints with brushes & supplies from The Duck Blind. This years Kid’s Painting Class is sponsored by Lou & Anne Tisch from Lock Stock & Barrell, Inc and The E. Allen Decoy Company.

    This show also features a special offering in the action. Each year club members pick a specific species and members carve a donate birds to create a truely impressive rig. The 2012 St. Clair Flats Rig species is an Old Squaw and includes birds carved by the following members:

    • Jerry Stateler
    • Gary Hanson
    • Terry Desilets
    • Lou Tisch
    • Roland Garland
    • Jim Kirby
    • Paul Foytack
    Each decoy has been branded as a Limited Edition Carving, specifically for the 2012 Flats Show.
    Please plan on joining us this Saturday. Entries must be registered between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m, and judging begins at 10:00am. 
    You can download the show brochure, rules and entry for here: 2012 SCFWA show brochure





    2012 Pacific Flyway Decoy Association Classic Wildlife Arts Festival 

    2012 PFDA "Classic" Wildlife Arts Festival 

    Friday July 13th - Sunday July 15th
    Double Tree Hotel - 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA

    The PFDA and IWCA would like to extend an invitation for all to attend the 42nd annual Pacific Flyway Wildfowl Art Classic. We hope that you can join in on the celebration, in the heart of California’s duck country. Whether your interests are carving, collecting, fine art, hunting, fishing, or bird watching, this year’s “Classic” will bring you closer to the world of original wildlife art.


    Brad Snodgrass, Hen Red-Breasted Merganser, 2nd Best in Show Floating Decoratives

    The show features events, seminars and contests all weekend long at the Doubletree Hotel. The show features many IWCA contests as well as some contests very unique to the PFDA and the west coast. Including:

    • The Jinx Troon Painting Contest: always fantastic as carvers compete in a timed painting contest.
    • U. S. Fish and Wildlife Competitions: male Gambel’s Quail and a male yellow headed blackbird
    • N. American Sea Ducks / Mergansers: This year is a Red Breasted Merganser.
    • CWA “Carver of the Year” - This year is a Northern Spoonbill.
    • Dick Troon Carving Competition - a hand tool carving contest of a kingfisher.
    • Mike Ward Memorial - a special memorial competition for a hen wigeon.

    And this just scratches the surface of the events at the show. Please see the show brochure for full details.

    Download and read the show brochure carefully for information regarding carver’s eligibility, rule changes, new competitions, and mail-in requirements: 2012 PFDA Show Brochure

    You can also download the registration form here: 2012 PFDA registration form


    2012 Calgary Wildfowl And Art Show

    New for 2012, the Calgary Wildfowl and Art Show:

    Friday July 6th - Sunday July 8th

    Inglewood Community Centre and Recreation Grounds 
    (Wildfowl Carving Competition, Fine Art Festival & Sales)
    1740 24 st SE Calgary, Alberta

    Glenn McMurdo, Hen Wood Duck

    This show is the first ever in Calgary to be combined with other artists who participate in all types of art. It is the show’s intent to provide a venue large enough to attract the General public to come and enjoy a weekend filled with many types and styles performed by various artists. Our show will display art done with Oils, Acrylics, Wax, Bone, Antler, Fine Print, Book Binding, Jewellery and many others. It will allow the general public to perhaps purchase a special piece from any one of the various participating artists and vendors.

    COMPETITION AND SHOW: Calgary Wildfowl Carving and Arts Festival

    Inglewood Community Centre and Recreation Grounds
    (Wildfowl Carving Competition, Fine Art Festival & Sales)
    1740 24 st SE Calgary, Alberta

    Slovenian Hall (one block west)
    (Friday Social and Saturday Night Banquet)
    2335 16A SE Calgary, Alberta

    SHOW TIMES - 2012:

    Friday    July 6th from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Saturday    July 7th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Sunday    July 8th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    $5.00 per adult or $10.00 per family


    Keith LeVoir - Show Chairman
    PH 403-861-6846

    2012 Decorative Carver of the Year standings are updated

    The standings for the 2012 Decorative Carver of the Year have been updated with the results from the first three contests this year.

    You can view the current standings here: DCOY standings as of June 22nd, 2012

    Debbie Van Vliet, Chickadee - 1st BOS, Lifesize Non-Floating, Novice Class


    New photo galleries are up.

    New photo galleries are posted and availble now in the gallery section.

    Now posted are the photos from the 2012 ODCCA

    Al Fulford, BOS Decorative Floating Open Division - 2012 ODCCA

    As well as the 2012 Rappahannock River show

    Ames Belote, BOS Bench Division - 2012 Rappahannock River


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