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The Art of the South Jersey Duck Decoy

J. P. Hand has been carving ducks from Jersey white cedar for 40 years. His family has lived in Cape May County since the 1700s. Hand learned his craft from masters carvers Hurley Conklin and Harry Shourds. Hand now has his own apprentice, Dave Billig. Billig won a Folk Arts Apprenticeship grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts to study under Hand. Both hunt using their own decoys.

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  • NJTV NJ350 Thursday, Aug. 21 11:30pm
  • WLIW21
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