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Counterfeiting the Counterfeiters

A top decoy carver explains his fascination with the Ward Brothers, the original ''wildfowl counterfeiters in wood''.

By: Rich Smoker
Photography by Nancy Smoker

I love decoys! I love viewing them, holding them, floating them, researching them, reading about them, and especially making them. I just love decoys. Ever since I floated a Herter’s balsa pintail of my dad’s, hid behind a tree with my grandfather’s 12-gauge, double-barrel shotgun, and watched that decoy on the water, I have been hooked on the concept of decoys as floating sculptures.


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