OK Guys- I am trying to revive this thread as it has not been posted to since March of last year. Just to give everyone a "Heads Up" on Harris Decoys here in Old Saybrook. As most all of you know, Bob Harris Sr. passed away in December of 2012. He was the backbone that carried the tradition of Harris Decoys and making decoys here in Old Saybrook. He was a wealth of knowledge and a fantastic carver and painter. He had a natural eye for the decoy. Like Sherwood Lincoln mentioned on a post to me... It is in the Harris DNA. We grew up literally LIVING ducks and decoys. It is what we do. As a child I woke up with a decoy within eyesight in every room I went in. That still stands true 47 years later. My Grand Mother, Marion Harris of Wildfowler fame, would sit and teach me how to paint decoys and her trade secrets and shortcuts starting at the age of ten. We painted in the afternoons in the summer because the basement was the coolest place in the house and that is where the paint room was..... And still is. Papa would go out to the workshop early in the morning with his coffee and we would not see him again until lunch time. My Grand Mother would ring the bell next to the back door to let him know to come in for lunch....No cell phones back then!
Our Workshop is still here and we have one of the original carving machines that has been making decoys since the 1930's. I have spent the last couple of months getting the paint room and the workshop in working order again and I am going to be making a limited amount of Harris Decoys again. These are Old School decoys like the ones that Wildfowler and Harris Decoys made here in Saybrook for decades. Every penny from the decoys that are sold is going right back in to the business. The tradition needs to continue and passed on to the next generation.
Currently I have over 70 decoys for sale on ETSY.COM that are a mix of old decoys. The money from these decoys will also be invested in Harris Decoys. If anyone is interested to purchase any decoys please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Within the next two weeks I should have the carving machine up and running but I can only use 4 positions at a time. I need some mechanical/electrical help to get 2 more positions running and the machine is OLD so I do not want to over work it. Someday I would like to purchase another carving machine so I can use the current one more as a "Museum Piece". One of Dads dreams was to someday have a decoy museum here in Saybrook.....If I win the lottery maybe I can make that happen.
Bob Harris Jr.