Charles Magnus Bergman
(1856 - 1946)
Charles Magnus Bergman was active/lived in Oregon / Finland. Charles Bergman is known for red cedar decoys.
Biography Charles Magnus Bergman
Charles Bergman was born in Finland, but left the country to sail around the world as a young man. George and Baker Company boat yards employed Bergman as a boatbuilder. When he was not building boats, Bergman hunted wildfowl and sent any excess to the market in Portland. Bergman was in his seventies when he retired and started to concentrate on making decoys. Area hunters ordered great quantities of his lures, so for about ten years, Bergman was producing approximately a dozen decoys per week. His total output comes out to more than four thousand decoys during the late 1920's and early 1930's (Engers 264).
Bergman's decoys display an unmistakable Mason influence, but bear characteristics that are his alone. Bergman hollowed each dec
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