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 Eugene (Gene) Wells  (c.1850 - 1930)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: Decoy carving, waterfowl

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Rig of Five Cork Black Ducks
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Eugene "Gene" Wells (c. 1850 – 1930s) Stony Brook, New York [1]

Gene Wells was a mason by trade who lived in Stony Brook on the North Shore of Long Island. When not plastering, Wells spent a good deal of his time in the local marshes studying the wildfowl. He is best remembered for his cork black duck decoys*, which are considered "natural looking, relaxed and contented".

Wells made wooden decoy heads for himself and other carvers which are well shaped and carefully painted. He is credited with a number of broadbills and canvasbacks made of local pine. A widower, Wells left Stony Brook when his daughter married and moved away. His legacy consists of finely carved decoys and stories of his legendary carving skill.

Source: The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury, MD.
[1] The Great Book of Wildfowl Decoys (see AskART book references) states – “He lived all his life in the Port Jefferson-Stony Brook area….” M.D. Silverbrooke
Additional sources:
The Great Book of Wildfowl Decoys (2000), edited by Joe Engers (see AskART book references)
Decoys: A North American Survey (1983), by Gene Kangas and Linda Kangas (see AskART book references)
Gunners Paradise: Wildfowling and Decoys on Long Island  (1979), by Jane E. Townsend (see AskART book references)
Wild Fowl Decoys (1934), by Joel Barber (see AskART book references)

Submitted by M.D. Silverbrooke.
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