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LAUREL DABBS

Laurel Dabbs Decoys


Laurel Dabbs

Laurel Dabbs has been using antique hand-tools and Atlantic white cedar to make traditional authentic working decoys, shorebirds, and songbirds since 1988. The tradition and history of her work are as important to Laurel as the style and form of her carvings, as each decoy must be seaworthy and durable as well as beautiful.

Dabbs's gunning decoys start as eight-foot planks of white cedar, winter-cut and air-dried at least two years. Using a hatchet, mallet and gouge, spokeshave, and carving knife,she attaches the doweled (for strength) head to the hollowed-out body. Durable house paint assures a sturdy finish that stands up to the rigors of field use, and inletted lead makes sure the decoy self-rights in choppy water or sits nicely on a mantel. Dabbs feels fortunate to have learned from a gifted carver and hunter's guide who carried on the traditions of his own family history.

Winner of the 2002 Harry V. Shourds Memorial Master Carver Award, Dabbs always takes her bench to demonstrate the art of carving at living history events and museum programs, most recently at the Shelburne museum. She feels that the educational aspect of this most-American of folk arts is important for school groups and scout troops, as most young people have never seen such a thing and also happen to find wood chips flying everywhere exciting. She also demonstrates at various wildlife and conservation events, including Ducks Unlimited and the Audubon Society.



Laurel Dabbs appeared in these Directories:

2013 Directory

WOODWORKING

2012 Directory

WOOD CARVING

2011 Directory

WOOD CARVING

2010 Directory

WOODWORKING

2009 Directory

WOOD CARVING

2008 Directory

WOOD CARVING

2007 Directory

WOOD CARVING

2006 Directory

WOOD CARVING

2005 Directory

WOOD CARVING