Luce Foundation Center for American Art
Craft: Wood: Aleutian Canada Geese (rig of three geese)
(born Coaldale, PA 1942)
"Nothing is more pleasing than a sharp knife rolling a chip off a good piece of wood." Del Herbert, California Open, 1996
Del Herbert's wife, Judy, encouraged him to start carving after she saw a wooden decoy at a craft show and wanted one for their mantel. Fowl decoys have been around for two thousand years and are used by hunters to lure their prey into range. Herbert entered his first carving competition two years after completing his first piece and now spends upwards of sixty hours in his studio every week crafting a vast array of different birds.
Image Credits: Judy Herbert