DULUTH FISH DECOYS BY DAVID PERKINS

I guess it all started when I speared my first northern pike - what a thrill. The onoly thing better was to spear one lured with a decoy I made myself. I made more decoys to spear more fish and found out I liked making decoys as much as spearing northerns. Well, soon enough, my decoy/lunch box had more decoys than lunch. So I laid off the making and stepped up the spearing. Then when the fish tore them up and they scraped up against each other in the lunch box and they rolled around on the floor of the dark-house they weathered with an aged, charactered, antique patina. It wasn't long before friends paid more mind to my spearing decoys than they did my fish stories. They said they'd like to have some to set on the mantle - said they were folky. So, I laid off the spearing and stepped up the carving. Now I've been making DFD (Duluth Fish Decoys) spearing decoys for longer than I want to admit. What a hoot it's been to create something so enjoyed by others. Along the way our DFD decoys have ended up in The American Museum of Folk Art, on a limited edition print, in a governor's mansion, in Hollywood actors' homes, in fishing decoy books, with interior designers, in art galleries, on a DVD, and now in a coffee table book devoted entirely to DFD. What a hobby it's been - what a blessing of God. I hope to continue as long as my health holds out. These many years later our DFD spearing ecoys are still hand-crafted with that aged, weathered, antique patina. As with all folk art, there's no two alike. The pictures give the length of the decoy but it may vary by half an inch. They all have glass eyes and are hand painted with a brush - no air brush for us. The lead belly weight is stamped DFD. They all function as working decoys - though most people prefer to set them on the mantle.