To carve great birds, you need to know their underlying structure, their habitat, and characteristics. You also need to know which tools work best, how to create specific features with those tools, and how to capture those magnificent colors that Mother Nature displays.
How do you do that? You learn from someone who has many years of experience and success in doing just that … Vic Kirkman.
He has been my mentor for years and, under his tutelage, I’ve found an art form to which I am totally addicted. Having won a number of Best-in-Show ribbons, he has challenged me along the way to improve my knowledge and skills in a step by step manner.
If you’re ready for this rewarding journey, I recommend you contact Vic and give it a try. With his excellent instruction, you’ll find that you are more talented than you think. – Karen Hess

The first –LIVE– online decoy and wildfowl carving instruction program. Several courses and weekly classes in a virtual classroom are taught directly from the studio, teaching how to carve and paint a wide variety of decoy styles and realistic waterfowl.
(We will teach you how to access our easy video conferencing program from your computer or device.)
Anyone with a casual or serious interest in this wonderful art form will find a course or class here to enjoy. Hobbyists, bird enthusiasts and serious competition wildfowl carvers can enjoy the many benefits the program offers:

Relaxation and stress reduction.- Create wonderful gifts and decorative pieces for the home.-Pride and self-confidence of completing a beautifully carved bird.- A skill you can pass on to others.- Something the whole family can do together.- Perfect projects for carving clubs and organizations.- A hobby for all ages. Retired folks love it.- Great for home-school and senior projects.- Inexpensive as compared to many other hobbies and crafts.

VIDEO: What It’s All About

No special talents are needed to enjoy this amazing leisure-time activity. Those carvers with little or no experience will find a lot to learn. Experienced carvers will receive instruction on complex poses to advance their skill level. We emphasize artistry, fine detail and a professional touch in all our courses and classes.

See our FAQ for answers to many of your questions or email Vic Kirkman for questions or to schedule a consultation session.

Life-size Ruddy Turnstone Decoy
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Carving the Ruddy Turnstone

Carving the Ruddy Turnstone

A complete PowerPoint presentation from start to finish with live consultation. Includes a kit that includes the cutout, eyes,dowel and cutout pattern.

This course was carefully prepared by Karen Hess and Vic Kirkman for the […]

Painting a Blue-winged Teal at a demonstration in the N.C. Museum of History.
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Complete Course – Carving the Decorative Lifesize Floating Decoy

Complete Course – Carving the Decorative Lifesize Floating Decoy

Sessions are LIVE presentations in person, with close-ups, detailed, embedded videos, images and text. You will have access live to the instructor. He will teach you a methodology you can use to improve your carving skills now and for the future. You will be provided with the tupelo wood cutout with two heads from the adapted patterns and copies of the two patterns used. The kit will also include a Joe Ferebee Study bill, glass eyes and some great links to public domain images you can use for reference.
One of the most popular and beautiful ducks.
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Carving the Working Decoy

Carving the Working Decoy

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A working or contemporary style working decoy or gunner, which can be finished into a I.W.C.A. style decoy. We will be carving the Canvasback drake. One of the most popular and beautiful ducks.

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Carving the Canvas Decoy

Carving the Canvas Decoy

A canvas decoy is easy to make by almost anyone, and is always in demand by the decorating homeowner or collector of traditional decoys. In this presentation and live demonstrations, I will show the reader how easy it is to make a nice canvas Canada Goose.