Meet Traditional Barnegat Bay Decoy Carver & Folk Artist, J.P. Hand!

Recorded October 12, 2023 Archived October 12, 2023 33:53 minutes
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Tuckerton Seaport Folklife Director Lesley Schierenbeck interviews J.P. Hand of Goshen, New Jersey. JP has been carving traditional Barnegat Bay decoys for the past 50+ years. In this interview, he discusses how decoy carving became a part of his life, his mentorships with Hurley Conklin and Harry V. Shourds III, as well as the way in which he keeps the tradition alive through his apprenticeships.

- JP standing outside of his workshop in Goshen, New Jersey with a flying black duck
- JP holding a Hurley Conklin mallard drake (male) decoy
- JP's office and mantel adorned with some decoys and his reference library

JP Hand volunteers his time at the Tuckerton Seaport in helping to educate school groups on the importance of decoy carving, as well as teaching master courses on carving to adults.


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