Lipham brought pieces from his personal duck decoy collection to share with the Zachary Rotary Club. Lipham says hand-carved duck decoys are a dying art, but they are a great investment.
Lipham joined about 36 other carvers from throughout Louisiana on Aug. 25 at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center for the inaugural Antique Wooden Decoy Hand-Crafted Collectors Decoy Show, which he helped organize.
Many decoys, which can also be put to use in blinds when hunting, are made from woods such as the Tupelo Gum tree because the first three feet are easiest to carve, more pliable. Another preferred wood is the Cypress tree root.
Lipham said many great collections are dying due to fires, floods and hurricanes.