Massachusetts

Decoy making in Massachusetts showed a wide diversity in form and style. Cork, tin, papier-mache, as well as, wood were used by these inventive carvers.

The overall shape of the decoys from this school were made to look more like a real bird. They were well finished with realistic paint patterns. Heads were made of pine and glass eyes were used. Goose decoys were made with slat bodies which were covered with painted canvas or just the slats were painted. Both solid and hollow body decoys were made.

Some noted carvers of the Massachusetts school were Elmer Crowell, Joe Lincoln, Henry Keyes Chadwick, and Benjamin Smith.