Hello, my name is Chet Stogner and I currently live in Carlyle, Illinois. I started carving decoys in 1980 and took my first lessons from an old friend who is still carving beautiful decoys today. One day when returning from duck hunting I found a large block of cedar on the roadside and decided why not try carving my own hunting decoys. The rest is history. All my decoys are original and hand-carved from a block of tupelo wood. On some decoys the head and crossed wingtips are carved separately and attached. This is done mostly to conserve my supply of wood.
I've been carving decoys for 40 years and have totally lost count of how many I've carved over those years. Just say... plenty.. On most decoys, the average time from start to finish is around 100 hours of hands-on carving, texturing, and painting. Larger, full-size decoys take longer. My favorite part of the process is carving the anatomy, texturing and wood-burning the feathers. I dread the painting because it's the most time-consuming process. In order to achieve the colors I want, I use many washes of acrylic paints, sometimes 6-7 washes.
As you browse my decoy pictures you'll see prices and whether or not it is available for purchase or commission (as noted). If you want a specific decoy, let me know. My decoys are displayed throughout homes in the United States and one in Germany. Personal delivery and taxes are included in that price, if within 0 to 400 miles. You can contact me thru my Facebook page, 'Chet Stogner decoys'.