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Made in Louisiana: Decoy Carvings

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COVINGTON- Decoy carving was one of the first American art forms and Louisiana has always been at the forefront of the timeless tradition.

Richard Reeves, who was born and raised in Louisiana, has always had an interest in wildlife. He wanted a hobby to relieve the stress of his job as a New Orleans police captain, so he began carving in the 1980s. For the past 30 years he has carved hundreds of pieces of wood into pieces of art- made in Louisiana.

First, Reeves goes into the woods to take pictures of the birds he wants to carve. His love of learning helps to guide him as he hunts for his fine-feathered subjects.

"You've got to know the bird," said Reeves. "Once you can picture it in your mind with all the angles, then you can begin carving."

He cuts and chips away in his Covington workshop, turning ordinary pieces of wood into timeless treasures of teal, pintails, and mallards. His concentrated craftsmanship has helped him win three world championships, and his masterpieces have even been featured in publications around the world.

A decoy is used to entice or attract game as a trap. Reeves hopes his decoys will attract interest and entice a new generation to a greater appreciation of Louisiana nature and wildlife.

Reeves is involved with the Louisiana Wildfowl Carvers and Collectors Guild.

For more information about Reeves and his contact information click here.



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