Learn decoy carving at Dorchester Center for the Arts

By Barbara Seese, Special to Dorchester Banner
Posted 1/20/23

Decoy Carving for All returns to DCA for a new 10-week session on Fridays, Jan. 27 to March 31, from 1-4 p.m., under the instruction of master carver Warren Saunders. In this class, students will …

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Learn decoy carving at Dorchester Center for the Arts

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Decoy Carving for All returns to DCA for a new 10-week session on Fridays, Jan. 27 to March 31, from 1-4 p.m., under the instruction of master carver Warren Saunders. In this class, students will carve a decoy using a knife or more advanced students will power carve in the Ward-style. All decoys will be completed with paint.

The cost for the class is $150 for DCA members, $185 for non-members. A $75 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the first class for the wood, eyes and paint for the project. A list of additional supplies and power tools are available by contacting DCA.

Saunders is a master decoy carver born and raised on a farm in Dorchester County. He spent his early life studying waterfowl in their natural surroundings. Saunders studied with noted carvers over the years and has become one of the top experts in his craft. He was featured in Smithsonian Magazine and participates in exhibitions and shows throughout the eastern United States. He became an Open Class Carver over 22 years ago and was notified by the international Wood Carver’s Association congratulating him on being among the top 120 top carvers in the country. In 2013, Saunders was a Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Award winner, a program sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council to document, celebrate and sustain traditional arts and culture in Maryland. As a master carver, Saunders worked with his apprentice, Roger Webster, an avid hunter, teaching him the art of making working ducks for use out in the marshes of the Eastern Shore.

To register for this class, or additional activities at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, stop by 321 High Street, call 410-228-7782 or visit online at dorchesterarts.org. Dorchester Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to enriching Maryland’s Eastern Shore community through high-quality, engaging programming in the visual, literary and performing arts. As the designated County Arts Council for Dorchester County, DCA is committed to increasing access to the arts for all members of our community by supporting extensive outreach and educational opportunities in the arts.

DCA is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 8 p.m., and Second Saturday until 8 p.m. Programs at DCA are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.

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