EASTON - The arts and crafts exhibits at Easton Elementary School Friday were centered around a busy hive of shavings and wood dust where the youngest attendees of the Waterfowl Festival learned how to carve a decoy.
The carving program, run by the Wildfowl Carving Mentors Guild, gave boys and girls the opportunity to try their hand at creating a duck from a block of wood. Children hunkered down over their work, whittled and scraped. Jack Pearse of Easton said it was a long and tedious project. "I've been here two hours," he said.
The guild was started in 2012 as a means to connect mentors and eager initiate carvers and pass on the knowledge that makes decoy creation a rich, time-honored tradition. Mentors teach their skills free of charge. Students learn to carve hunting decoys, shorebirds, decorative songbirds, birds or prey, waterfowl, game birds, seabirds and more.
Because the guild is operated on a pro-bono basis, mentors must bring their own tools, time, experience and love of the art to the table. They hope, in return, to turn out a whole new generation of young people with an appreciation for nature and the beauty of waterfowl translated into art.
For information on how to become a mentor, a student or a supporter, visit www.WCMGuild.com.