Welcome to Dutch Creek Decoys!

Brad carvingMy name is Brad Snodgrass and I am a decoy carver living and working overlooking the beautiful Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon.

My life in Oregon was preceded by 35 years, working, hunting and fishing in Alaska during its "golden years". You will find this experience reflected in my work, and you will see my affinity to birds of that northern region. I have been blessed to hold in my hands, many species that most people will never have the opportunity to see.

I specialize in the "Full Decorative Style" of carving, where feather details are burned into the wood before painting. Few carvers, these days, have the time or patience to sculpt a full decorative bird, which takes around 150-200 hours of work. The technique is very labor intensive, and produces a bird which looks like it will just fly away! An option to the full decorative bird, is called a "Smoothie", where the additional feather burning is not done before the painting. The hunting style birds that you will see on the website, are all "Smoothies". Check out my birds by clicking on the "Carvings" tab!

My most recent venture has taken me into the world of birds of prey, where the bird is carved and then accented by habitat. When competing, all aspects of the composition must be either carved or fabricated by the carver. No found wood or objects can be used.

Some of the birds on the website are for sale. Photos of some sold birds are shown on the site as examples of the quality of my work. If you wish to purchase a bird, please contact me for prices.

Featured Carving
Featured Carving

My Prairie Falcon is a full decorative style piece, and was a commissioned carving. The title is "Hide and Seek". For larger images, click on the photo, and then if you look closely, you will see a little mouse hiding in the wood post, and hoping that he doesn't become dinner!

©2007, Brad Snodgrass