Thursday, August 27, 2020

Wood Carved Decoys and Bird Sculptures by Award Winning Pat Godin

Pat Godin is one of the well-known North American carvers. Godin is a Canadian biologist and orthinologist who is also an award-winning wildlife sculptor. He was always interested in nature as a little boy, he carved his first bird in 1967. Initially, he used to carve the birds for his collection but soon he started participating in exhibitions to show his decorative duck decoys and wooden bird sculptures.

At the completion of his Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology he worked with M.Sc. and Ph.D. students who were conducting research studies on waterfowl at Delta Waterfowl Research Station, Delta, Manitoba which provided him with immense experience. 

He primarily carves decoys with intricate detail and incredible accuracy in color and form. These birds have to float as is the case with any hunting decoy, but the craftsmanship involved in painting is absolutely jaw-dropping. His birds look absolutely real, they seem to move at any moment. 

Godin's work can be found in the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury, Maryland and in many private collections throughout the world. He has exhibited his birds at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin.