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Want to hear some good news? You're invited to Wildfowl Carving Magazine's FIRST EVER virtual book release party to celebrate our latest release, Counterfeiting the Counterfeiters: Carve and Paint Three Ward Brothers-style Decoys by Rich Smoker. 


Join Wildfowl Carving Magazine editor Tom Huntington, and master carver and author, Rich Smoker live from Crisfield, Maryland, for an exclusive interview about this exciting book release. Rich will share stories from his extensive background in the carving world, and reveal his carving and painting secrets. You can ask Rich your own questions during the author Q&A and discover everything you want to know about Ward-Brothers style decoys --- all during this FREE event! Did we mention that we will also explore inside the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art and the Ward Brothers workshop in Crisfield? Sign up today to reserve your spot!


Have a question you'd like to ask Rich during the event? Email it to us! Rich will be answering reader questions during the Q&A portion of our event. Send it in advance to make sure it gets answered.  




About the Event

Carving and Painting Antique-style Decoys
(A Live Discussion with Rich Smoker and Wildfowl Carving Magazine)

Date: Monday, 11/9 at 11 a.m. CST 
Hosts: Wildfowl Carving Magazine editor Tom Huntington + special guest Rich Smoker, author of Counterfeiting the Counterfeiters: Carve and Paint Three Ward Brothers-style Decoys


Join Wildfowl Carving Magazine and author Rich Smoker as we make a virtual dive into the pages of his new book, Counterfeiting the Counterfeiters. Featuring sneak peeks of the book, a virtual tour of the Ward Museum’s Ward Brothers gallery and the Ward Brothers workshop, an audience Q&A with Rich himself, special deals, and more. This is an event you won't want to miss.


Spots are limited. Reserve your spot below!  


Meet the Author

Rich Smoker (b. 1952) grew up on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and developed an interest in waterfowl at an early age. Over the years, Rich has also become an active teacher of carving. He has twice served as a master carver in the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art’s Carving Out Future Decoy Makers program, and regularly teaches classes at the Ward World Championship along with his brother, Ross Smoker. In all, Rich has taught more than 3,000 students from all over the world, and taken on 20 apprentices. Rich has even twice been a master carver in Maryland Traditions’ (Maryland State Arts Council) Master/Apprentice program (2006 and 2017) and provides demonstrations and classes at the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival each spring. Rich is critically renowned for his work in competitions and has received many well-deserved accolades over the course of his career.



Four Important Next Steps for You:

1. Secure your spot at Wildfowl Carving Magazine's live event: Carving and Painting Antique-style Decoys right here


2. Sign up for the Wildfowl Carving Magazine Book Club to get the best deal on our latest release, Counterfeiting the Counterfeiters: Carve and Paint Three Ward Brothers-style Decoys 


3. If you're new to Wildfowl Carving Magazine, don't miss out on our special offer: $19.95 USD for a one-year introductory subscription. Sign up today


4. Have questions you'd like to ask Rich Smoker or Wildfowl Carving Magazine editor, Tom Huntington? Send them our way



About the Book


Stephen W. and Lemuel T. Ward, Jr.—the Ward Brothers—are legendary in the decoy world as self-proclaimed “Wildfowl Counterfeiters in Wood.” Acclaimed decoy carver Rich Smoker has long admired their work, and in his new workbench project he explains how you can carve and paint three decoys in the Ward Brothers’ style. Using a variety of tools and techniques—both hand and power tools—and painting with oils and acrylics, Rich carefully demonstrates how to create your own instant classics.

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