Bluebill Decoy Pair - Stanley Woodman
Pair of hard to find Bluebill decoys by Stanley L. Woodman (1886-1949) of Wolfe Island, Ontario c.1930's sporting the 'Alex Bay long-neck' style.
Stan was a popular sporting guide on Wolfe Island being regarded there as one of the best-known duck hunting guides of the first half of the 20th century. Similar to many carvers in the region, Stan achieved a practical decoy with a pleasing design without needing any fanciful carving details that risked damage in the rough Ontario waters. His creative influence is unquestionable. As stated in Decoys of the Thousand Islands, "Woodman obtained a rig of Coombs whistlers and thereafter the Coombs influence was evident in his decoys".
The development of the long neck was as much a visual appeal, flagging down flocks of bluebills as it was a practical creation in keeping ice off of the bills as many hunters, old and new, can relate when duck hunting the fridgid northern waters in diver season.
Though Stan is said to have carved over 1,000 duck decoys, most received heavy use and are a rare find in this condition by themselves let alone as a matched pair.
Condition: Strong original paint, displaying a light craqulecure to the surface with most wear around the edges of the decoys. Light paint splatter on hens back. Hen is missing weight.
Literature: Jim Stewart and Larry Lunman, "Decoys of The Thousand Islands," Erin, ON, 1992, p.67 similar rig pair displayed.