The Art of The Wooden Bird
The earliest examples of decoy making were found in Nevada's Lovelock Cave in 1924. They were dated back to the ancestors of the Paiute Indians and are over a thousand years old. These early hunters bound reeds together over a wooden core and used real feathers to make crude but effective lures.

Later, craftmen used varied painting and woodburning techniques to create extremely life-like carvings that were used as both "decorative" and working decoys. They displayed their best work at County fairs in the hope of attracting the attention of both hunters and collectors thus stimulating an ongoing interest in the art form.

It is as a result of this competitive atmosphere that the art of decoy carving came into its own and is today one of the fastest growing art forms in the United States and Europe.

David's Bird Art carvings are purely ornamental and seek to promote a greater appreciation of the extremely vulnerable wildlife of Trinidad and Tobago. Thus it is hoped that these pieces will have the opposite effect to that for which a decoy was originally designed

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Today's Bird Art Originals are made from the finest Basswood and Tupelo wood available and care has been taken to reproduce each bird with as much detail as this medium will allow.