There was a time when people made decoys to be judged for something bigger than a ribbon....the birds and the salt were the real test. Our Grandfathers and Great Grandfathers built their decoys to be worked over. Their blocks had simplistic design that could be replicated quickly and they made them out of whatever could be found that would be shaped into something that resembled a bird. For them this was no hobby but their way of life!
Long before national brands rose to prominence, decoys were the product of the regional cultures in which they were made. In those days the only names that mattered to hunters were the water that they built their lives around. Core, Pamlico, Currituck, and Knott's island became synonymous with similar but distinct styles of decoys. The blocks they created embodied the culture, habitat, and harsh conditions in which they lived. At the time, they had no idea that through busted knuckles and cut hands they were creating a piece of their family's heritage one decoy at a time. This is our heritage...
Dark Skies and Hot Barrels,
Brad Sanders, President
Brandon Causey, Vice President