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REFERENCE BOOKS & SITES
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ONTARIO DECOYS III
This website, by Ernie Gates, has an extensive photographic archive of Ontario decoys and their carvers. It is an excellent online resource tool.
Ontario Decoys Some Carvers and Regional Styles by Bernie Gates, published 1982. Highlights a few of Ontario's select decoy carvers. Out of print and a collector's item.
ONTARIO DECOYS II
Ontario Decoys II Some Carvers and Regional Styles by Bernie Gates, published 1986. Black and white photographic illustrations of Ontario decoys.
Waterfowl Decoys of Southwestern Ontario and the Men Who Made Them by R. Paul Brisco, published 1986. A comprehensive reference book that focuses on Ontario counties of Wentworth and Kent, with research based on interviews. Over 60 carvers are profiled. This book is hard to find, and a collector's item.
DECOYING ST. CLAIR TO ST. LAWRENCE
Decoying St. Clair to the St. Lawrence, by Bernard W. Crandell, published 1988. This book covers identification of antique decoys of Michigan, U.S.A., and Ontario, Canada. Most of the photographs show the straight side view of the decoys.
DECOYS OF MARITIME CANADA
Decoys of Maritime Canada by Dale and Gary Guyette, published 1997. The Guyette name has been associated with decoy knowledge for a long time. The book covers the decoys of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and the Atlantic Flyway.
PETER M. PRINGLE MASTER DECOY MAKER
Peter M. Pringle Master Decoy Maker by William C. Reeve, published 2002. Pringle began carving decoys in 1898 and set himself the goal of producing the best decoys in the world. Using skill and accuracy, his decoys are considered to be among the finest. He carved about 120 decoys exclusively for his own use and made only a few for close friends.
THE COUNTY DECOYS
The County Decoys The Fine Old Decoys of Prince Edward County, Ontario by Jim Stewart, published 2004. The decoys of Prince Edward County, located along the north shore of Lake Ontario, are among the oldest, most unusual and finest carved decoys in North America. Many date back to the nineteenth century. They are prized for their splendid folk-art qualities, often selling for thousands of dollars. Ten years of detective like research by Stewart has set a new standard for decoy books.
DECOYS OF THE THOUSAND ISLANDS
Decoys of the Thousand Islands by Jim Stewart and Larry Lunman, published 1992. Through colourful carver profiles and detailed examinations of important birds, the authors, avid hunters and collectors Jim Stewart and Larry Lunman (himself a carver), bring to life a century of Thousand Islands decoy carving. The Thousand Islands region possesses a rich and unique heritage of decoy carving, yet more than half of the carvers featured in this book have not been previously documented.
DAVID W. NICHOL & DECOYS OF RIDEAU..
David W. Nichol and the Decoys of the Rideau Canal Waterway by Larry Lunman, published 2009. Lunman’s goal was to create a pictorial record of the exceptional decoys that have been made along Ontario’s historic Rideau Canal waterway, and he has truly succeeded. The book is filled with history and great pictures. It is a good reference book for any collector of Canadian decoys.
NICHOL DECOYS THE SMITH FALLS SCHOOL
Nichol Decoys The Smith Falls School of Carving by Bernie Gates, Jeff Mewburn and William C. Reeve, published 2009. A history of the Nichol family of decoy carvers and the Smiths Falls school they inspired. Based on the colourful autobiography of D.W. Nichol, this book presents the life, times, and achievements of one of the most accomplished and influential families in the annals of North American decoy carving in the 20th century.
The Rivermen Echoes of Lake St. Francis, by Roy Lefebvre and Norman Seymour, published 2007. Written for the Cornwall Historical Society, this book celebrates the history and folklore of people living along the widened stretch of the St. Lawrence River known as Lake St. Francis. One comprehensive chapter is dedicated to the decoy carvers of this area.
SCULPTEURS D'APPELANTS DU QUEBEC
Sculpteurs d'Appelants du Quebec by François St-Onge, published 2008. The author is the curator of the decoy collection exhibited at the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Museum. The book brings together 135 carvers from Quebec, with 400 photographs. Text is written in French.
GREAT LAKES DECOY INTERPRETATIONS
Great Lakes Decoy Interpretations by Gene & Linda Kangas, published 2012. A large full color book depicting the many decoys of the Great Lakes region. From their history to how they were carved, with additional chapters on fish decoys and folk art. This book has five different cover designs.
HUNTING & FISHING MAGAZINE
Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Magazine, is a subscription based bi-monthly publication for collectors of antiques from North America's hunting and fishing tradition. The magazine focuses on artifacts such as old wooden duck decoys, ice fishing decoys, fishing tackle, hunting, and sporting equipment.
Decoy Magazine is a subscription based bi-monthly publication that serves the interests of decoy collectors world wide. Information is provided on decoy makers, auctions, shows and events.