The Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild is a group of decoy waterfowl carvers from Harkers Island. The guild began in 1987 and hosts the Core Sound Decoy Festival annually. The mission of the group is to educate new generations about decoy carving through workshops, shows, and demonstrations in order to preserve these skills for the future.
John Gasiorowski is a Cary entrepreneur who designs and makes duck and goose decoys. His products have been successful in attracting ducks and geese because of the wide variety of natural positions in which the decoys can be arranged.
The author discusses the various methods of duck hunting, paying particular focus on the lengths the hunters go to in order to have a successful hunt. Many create intricate ‘bush blinds’ and wait in them for hours.
Starting as an anthropological study in northeastern North Carolina, the author learns about the techniques used in making and using duck decoys, as duck hunting is a large part of society. The decoys work no matter how crudely they are made, but the carvings and designs on it are symbolic of social status.
Hunting in Eastern North Carolina has shifted its purpose from utilitarian to sport, but one aspect that has not changed is coastal community members, reflected in established surnames such as Cahoon, Garrish, and Swindell participate. Individual participation is reflected in Chase Luker, a Hyde County resident who keeps coastal community tradition alive through hunting related activities such as decoy carving. Descriptions include the label he applies to himself (Southern Outer Banks), his decoy creation approach (great attention to feathery details), and his role models (Wayland Baum, John Williams, and Frank Gaskill).