Burdett was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, as the middle child and
the only boy of his parents. He was interested in the Canadian wildlife
as a child and took a keen interest in hunting and fishing. He got into
carving after making a few rough decoys for hunting.
His first career was as a superintendent of Otis Elevator Company
where he worked for twenty-six years. He carved while he worked, during
his nights and weekends and eventually started to compete and in 1974 he
took home the Ward World Championship in the Decoy Pairs competition,
and second place in 1976 in the life-size decorative division. In 1977
he started building his own gallery,
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