Category: Crafts & Antiques
Saturday, February 01 2014 - 11:30 AM
12001 Pacific Ave (Ocean Dr.)
Wildwood Crest2, NJ
Contact Name: John H. King
Telephone: (609) 513-9349
Url: Friends of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge
Join the Friends of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge at the Two Mile Beach Unit in Wildwood Crest on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 10am, for a fascinating and educational demonstration of Decoy Carving in the South Jersey Fashion.
The demonstration will be led by local master decoy carver, J.P. “Jamie” Hand. Mr. Hand will be accompanied by one of his young apprentices, Cooper Rossner, who is a Biological Technician through the Pathways Program at our very own Cape May NWR.
J. P. Hand has been carving ducks from Jersey white cedar for about 40 years. His family has lived in Cape May County since the 1700s. His step-grandfather, Ephraim Hildreth, was also a decoy carver - today, his rare shorebird decoys go for thousands of dollars on the antiques market. Hand learned his craft from two masters - Hurley Conklin, and Harry Shourds, a third-generation decoy carver and NEA National Heritage Fellow.
This event is free, open to the public and perfect for all ages. Heavy snow will cancel the program. Please meet at the Visitors Contact Station at the Two Mile Beach Unit of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, 12001 Pacific Ave (Ocean Dr), Wildwood Crest, near the former Coast Guard Loran Station. For more information or directions, please call 609-513-9349.