During the course of a Saturday afternoon, over fifty people visited Bishop Hill’s Dairy Building to watch Patrick Gregory as he demonstrated the basics of duck decoy carving.  Pat demonstrated wood carving and painting techniques, in the traditions of the old time Illinois River Decoy Carvers.  He also told duck hunting stories and displayed his personal collection of hunting decoys.  Audience members enthusiastically peppered Mr. Gregory with questions about his techniques and asked him for helpful tips.  Photographs of this program can be seen on this website’s photo gallery or by going to http://bishophillheritage.org/duck-decoy-carving-demonstation-by-pat-gregory-7-12-14-in-the-dairy-building/ .

This July 12 demonstration was sponsored by Company of Folk with partial program support by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Illinois Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  This event was hosted by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association.