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Craft: Wood: Aleutian Canada Geese (rig of three geese)
Aleutian Canada Geese (rig of three geese)


Aleutian Canada Geese (rig of three geese)
1999
Delwyn Herbert
tupelo and acrylic paint
A: 11 1/8 x 16 5/8 x 8 3/8 in. (28.2 x 42.3 x 21.2 cm)B: 10 1/8 x 16 x 8
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Del and Judy Herbert
1999.61a-c
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"Creating something that everyone can see, feel and appreciate is especially rewarding for me." Del Herbert, California Open, 1994

A successful decoy must be able to right itself when thrown upside down in water, as other animals would immediately be suspicious of a bird floating on its side. These decoys of Aleutian Canada geese are carved from buoyant tupelo wood, and their straight sides and flat bottoms help them to balance in rough waters.


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