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"I Will Hear Them Sing".
Dear friends - I have been absent for awhile, so I thought you needed an update. I want to thank you so much for dropping by to see me. I was a sun lover in my younger years, and now I am paying the price. I had a serious operation, and as you would guess, it was on my face. Thank the Lord I am getting better. Because of the problem, the doctors would not let me carve. But I painted some flat art and a couple of ducks. By the way, most of the ducks you see on the web page are looking for a nice home. Just give me a call or drop me a line and I will try to satisfy you. I competed in the Worlds Decoy Competition in Ocean City (MD) and took a second place with a Common Merganser drake. In the Chesapeake Bay Challenge Competition, Salisbury (MD), I took a first place with a Bufflehead drake. Last month about 1500 of you came by to see the webpage. I do love visitors. You are welcome to drop me an email and chat with me. Here's hoping you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving together as a family...God be with you.
Dear Friends - Well another year has gone by, and it was a busy year. Ducks, ducks, moose rack carving, . . . you name it. Oh well, enough of that. It is what I like to do. Usually 6 days a week and then I think about it after Church on Sunday too. I had fun at the World's Competition. I would have been very happy just to receive an Honorable mention. Instead I took second place which was an honor. And at the Chesapeake Decoy Competition I took a first place (Ward Museum in Salisbury-MD). I do not try for the ribbons - I just love to compete. I have added some of my latest carvings to the web page including a moose rack, an Ira Hudson Brant, and a mallard family with 3 little ones. I hope you and yours have a Happy New Year.
Dear Friends - Sorry I have not been with you the last few months, but I had surgery on both eyes. Now I can see much better. I still kept busy in the duck carving world and managed to attend a few of my regular shows. The last show was a small one in November, and I picked up a few ribbons including 2nd Best and the Presidents Award for Best Table Presentation. Rest assured, ribbons are not my priority...competing is, as it makes me a better carver. Thanks so much for clicking in. I really enjoy reading and responding to your emails. At this Holy time of year I would like to share my feelings with you in a poem (Christmas). MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
Dear Friends - Thanks so much for clicking in this past month. Do drop by to say hello now and then. I am very busy getting ready for the Middlecreek Show on September 21-22. I usually have 30 to 35 decoys to take along to the big shows. If you have time, drop by. I will be there. It seems that each new day that negative problems pop up in our lives in many ways, either personal or wordly. Do not let them get you down (you only make the devil happy), but you need to think positive my friends about the good times in your life. Make new friends, have fun, and live the good life. With that in mind, I would like to share some good memories with you from one of our bus trips (Our Branson Trip on a Motorcoach). Drop me an email sometime.
Dear Friends - Thanks again for stopping by my workshop during the past month of June. Oh my, how time flies by - it is July already. I have been down with a cold for a few days, but getting better each day. I did not tell you before, but my workshop is also home to a bluegrass band, the "Lonesome Pine Picker's". Once a week we get together and have a jam session. There are 5 band members who play two fiddles, a banjo, a rhythm guitar and I play the electric guitar, tenor banjo and mandolin. It is the story of the mandolin that I would like to share with you in my poem. Everyday in my shop, I would carve a little and then pick the mandolin a little. Then to break it up, I would pick the mandolin a little and then carve a little. I hope you enjoy An Old Mandolin. It is a true story.
Dear Friends - Sorry I am late with this month's report, but the weather and everything else just put me behind. As some would say - I am fast-getting slow. I am not complaining, just commenting, that all the rain has kept me indoors in my shop. So I did get a lot of painting done. I did working decoys, as well as antique replicas of decoys of my grandfather, Ira D. Hudson. All of a sudden, it seems people want the antique replicas. They try to figure out how I age them a hundred years in a short time. The answer is simple. TRIAL AND ERROR, and a whole lot of patience. This month as always, I would like to give Thanks to Him -My Lord- for all the gifts He continues to give me. My hands do the work, and He gives me the talent and the desire to create beauty as only the artist sees it. Next month I will share with you a poem about an OLD MANDOLIN. God be with you and yours.
Dear Friends - I wish to thank you for clicking in to visit with me. Some of you dropped me an email - that was nice. I didn't make the Ocean City show this year as time just ran out on me. I will be at the Havre De Grace show on May 3rd for the competition. Maybe I will see you there. It is a good show and there you will see the true hunting decoy that most of us shoot over. I visited my home in Chincoteague-VA in April, took some pictures of the wild ponies, and dug a few clams. This month I would like to recognize all the men and women in uniform, and those that served our country in past wars and conflicts to preserve the freedom that we enjoy today. Rest assured my friend it didn't come easy. A lot gave some, but some gave all. I speak from the heart because I walked in their shoes, I was there in WWII, Korea, and also served six years during the Viet Nam era. Yes, I would do it again for you my friend. As young men back in the 40's, Richard Quillen, Archie Lunn, and myself volunteered to serve in WWII. After the war was over I was sent to Korea to fight again, later returning home in 1952 and then the Viet Nam war came along. With that in mind I would like to share a poem I wrote. My war time buddies and comrades are no longer with us...SOME HAVE CROSSED THE BAR.
Dear Friends - Thanks so much for dropping by to see me. I do hope you enjoyed your visit, although I cannot see you I know you are there (modern technology lets me know how many hits I get each month). I wish to thank my grandson, I give him the material and he puts it all together. I am just an old duck carver that belongs to the ages past. I am so glad to have the winter behind us now. It was quite rough these past two months with 31 inches of snow, but the weather did not bother me too much. I just confined myself to my workshop, painting and carving ducks. Every now and then I would pick up the ole' banjo or the mandolin to pick out some old songs. One of the fiddle players in our group said "IF IT AIN'T BLUEGRASS, IT'S JUST NOISE'', so I am a blue grass picker. I suppose I will never be caught up with the times, and that is good, because I love what I do. Now that the snow is gone...AH you guessed it, I am outside doing yard work, cleaning up from past winds and storms, etc. With that in mind I would like to share a poem with you, His Beauty is Everywhere. Please continue to stop by my website, and I would love to get emails, even if you just say hello.
Dear Friends. Thanks to all of you that stopped by my electronic workshop the past two months. Almost a thousand of you clicked in. Most of you wanted to know who I am. I thank my Lord and Savior for all the wonderful gifts he continues to give me, I strive to perfect the talents given me, but I know I shall never reach that goal. Nothing could ever compare with the beauty of his Creation. To Him be the Glory I left my beloved island of Chincoteague, Virginia back in the forties to fight in WWII, the Korean War, and served six years of the Vietnam War to defend the freedom that you and I enjoy today. The month of March will be a busy one while I get ready for the Ocean City competition. There will be many hours spent trying to satisfy me, which is a hard job...almost impossible. The competition today seems to demand more than the hunting decoy, somewhere in between is where you will find me. It does not make any difference to me if I do not win, I just love to compete. Yes, even this old duck carver has to change with the times. That is enough about me for now. I would like to share a poem with you that I wrote about my ancestry on my mother's side. The title of the poem is My Pride, The Beautiful Land Across The Waters.
Hello Friends. Thanks for stopping by my workshop. Hope you had a nice visit last month, and welcome back. As you know by now I am a Chincoteaguer, born and raised there. If you have time click on the Pearl in the clamshell and you will see where my wife and I spend our time while visiting my homeland "GINKOTIG", the beautiful land across the waters. Meanwhile back at the ranch, our home in Carlisle-PA, I have been busy in my workshop. The weather has not been good this past month, so I devoted most of my time in research with my good friend George Root...a master carver in his own right. We make patterns from pictures of live ducks. What a difference. This past month I worked on golden eyes, black ducks and also chipped away at the moose rack I talked about last month. The moose rack has been quite a project. February will be spent making red heads and shell ducks for orders and competition. Next month in March I will share pictures with you of my latest work. Thanks again to all of the 365 visitors that stopped by to see me in the month of January. The welcome mat is always out, so stop by or email me any time. God Be With You.
Greetings, and welcome to my electronic workshop. Please check in every few months as I hope to add new stories and more pictures of duck decoys in 2003. Check out the new book by Henry Stansbury Ira D. Hudson and Family: Chincoteague Carvers. I would recommend this book to anyone because I know that is the way it was and is a product of years of research by the author to get the facts straight. With the holidays behind me and the cold weather settling in, I find that I have more time to spend in the workshop. My latest project is a carving on a moose rack. A friend from Caribou-Maine was walking in the woods behind his home and a moose stepped out in front of him. The moose shook his head and one side of his rack fell off. My friend hopes to get the other rack some day. When the rack arrived in my shop, I pictured a bald eagle, an otter, and a pair of mallard ducks flying through the center. This is the first time I have carved bone and I have already broken three chisels. Well, that is the plan so far. I usually do not show my art in progress, but I am really excited about this piece. Click on the picture to see it up close. I will bring you more information next month.