Growing up with a love of Core Sound camping trips and time spent helping his father study wood ducks gave Marc Gottlieb an appreciation for waterfowl.
A year and a half ago, that appreciation turned into a hobbywhen the Raleigh chiropractor took up decoy carving, a craft that earned him a collection of ribbons at the Feb. 7-9 East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival in Washington.
Its kind of a folk art tradition that still has real utilitarian purpose, said Gottlieb, who gained inspiration from Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild members. I dont happen to duck-hunt myself, but I really enjoy the art part of it. Im not opposed to duck hunting; I just havent had the opportunity.
His goldeneye won the intermediate/novice Pamlico gunning-style category, which he described as an elevated, usable gunning decoy thats not quite to the decorative level, but with feathers that appear to be real and not wood.
The goldeneye, which took about 60 hours to complete, won best of species, best diving duck and best in show for ducks. His lesser scaup won its species, runner-up diving and third in best in show. And his canvasback won its species.
Gottlieb enjoys learning from an eclectic carving community.
Its really a friendly group and culture that seems willing to help each other out, though theres a competitive side, said Gottlieb.
Mark Strucko, one of Gottliebs mentors in Raleigh, won the professional, decorative, life-size floating category and the decorative head category. Raleighs Karen Hess won the intermediate decorative life-size carving. Garners Dennis Crumpler won the novice decorative life-size floating category.
More results are on the East Carolina Waterfowl Guild website: www.ecwguild.com.
Banquet: The Triangle Delta Waterfowl chapter will hold its banquet 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday at Dorton Arena in Raleigh. The fundraising event includes dinner, raffles and a band. Learn more at www.triangledelta.com.
Dan River news: The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health advises avoiding recreational contact with water and sediment as a result of the coal ash spill into the Dan River near Eden. Avoid consuming fish or shellfish from the river, which flows into Kerr Lake. Go to www.ncdhhs.gov.
• River of Coal: Heartbreak on the Dan River will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Porter Byrum Welcome Center at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. Proceeds benefit the Dan River Basin Association. Call 336-339-6169, or go to www.danriver.org.
Boating courses: The Durham Sail and Power Squadron will offer a U.S. Power Squadron safe boating course 7-9 p.m. Mondays starting Feb. 24 at McMannen United Methodist Church, 4102 Neal Road. Materials cost $50. Contact Doug Campbell at 919-451-0416 or email@example.com.
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