Back by popular demand and just in time for the New Jersey Makers Day exhibition at the New Jersey State Museum, Allen Linkchorst and Bill Ethington will explain the history of and demonstrate the craft of carving wooden duck decoys. On Saturday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m. inside the NJ State Museum (205 West State Street), they will show how makers in New Jersey’s coastal and river towns have shaped the artistry and style of these beautiful hand-made hunting implements.
New Jersey Makers Day celebrates its ingenious citizens who create worthy products – sometime real inventions – through their own initiative and persistence. The Museum’s program begins at 10:00 a.m. and includes hands-on projects for young makers. Their blog beckons, “Try the Tools! Projects for adults and children alike. Use a Cricut cutter to create a swooping bird mobile sculpture, reimagine recycled materials or stitch a sweet trinket. They’ll have projects to suit everyone’s inner Maker!” Messrs. Linkchorst and Ethington begin their presentation at 2:00 p.m.
Linkchorst is Editor and a contributing writer for Decoy Magazine and has written over 80 decoy related stories for this national magazine. The year marks his 31st anniversary of publication for Decoy Magazine. Additionally, he has had over 120 articles published by other magazines and publications. Linkchorst enjoys giving lectures and presentations, and has done so in museums and historical societies in both PA and NJ on numerous occasions.
Bill Ethington is an award winning decoy carver, a duck hunter, duck boat builder and decoy collector with over 40 years of experience. Bill and his decoys have been featured in numerous publications. He is an active member of the New Jersey Decoy Collector’s Association. He lives in Columbus, NJ and continues to carve and collect decoys.