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Willy McDonald’s Class:. Gerald Snelling, James Baurs , Willy McDonald, Dale Somers, Bob Fleury , Jaden Ashley, Becky Sherwood. Jack Cox.

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willy mcdonald s class
Willy McDonald’s Class:

Gerald Snelling, James Baurs, Willy McDonald,

Dale Somers, Bob Fleury, Jaden Ashley, Becky Sherwood

jack cox
Jack Cox
  • Jack Cox is a well-known decoy carver with a specialty in working, smoothie and decorative decoys. His carving experience began as a hobby in the late 1970s after attending his first decoy show in Virginia Beach.
  • Cox has won numerous best in show awards over the past 26 years from the North Carolina State Championship, Gregory Pairs Championship at the East Carolina Wildlife Festival, he Lem and Steve Contemporary Decoys Competition in addition to two titles as Virginia Ducks Unlimited Carver of the Year. He was recently awarded Best in Contemporary Decoys at the 2006 World Championship.
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Luke Costilow
  • Luke Costilow comes from generations of duck decoy carvers. In 2004 at the age of ten, Costilow’s father, Mark, took him duck hunting and encouraged him to start carving. Mark is still his biggest inspiration today.  
  • Costilow has won numerous best in show awards including six titles from Ward World Championships in 2011,2012 and 2013. He says the best part of carving is to actually be able to hunt ducks over your own hand carved birds. Costilow is in his third year of college working towards a degree in environmental studies and is currently on the board of the Ohio Carvers and Collectors Association.
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Luke Costilow’s Class: Ashtabula, Ohio

13-year-old Logan Brewer

Tim Bromley

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Luke Costilow’s Class: Ashtabula, Ohio

Chris Toy

Joe Brewer and

Andy Hildreth

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Luke Costilow’s Class: Ashtabula, Ohio

Class gathered around Luke for painting demo

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Luke Costilow’s Class: Ashtabula, Ohio

Andy Hildreth, Joe Brewer, Luke Costilow, Tim Bromley, Logan Brewer, Chris Toy, Chris Woods

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Maurie Hicks
  • Maurie Hicks had his first carving experience at the age of 25 when his wife asked him to make something to keep the apartment door open. After deciding to carve a decoy, Hicks soon realized he did not know much about ducks. With the help of two mentors, he began hunting and developed interest in wildfowl.
  • Hicks is a retired art teacher who says that the most rewarding part of teaching any type of art is the special moment when a student finally achieves understanding of the project. Hicks is a member of the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association which hosts the annual Pacific Flyway Wildfowl Art Classic in Sacramento, CA.

Thank you to all of the instructors for passing on the art of

  • wildfowl carving to students across the United States.