Kentucky Tourism

Gibson, Bob — Carvin' Artist

Lawrenceburg, KY


carved decoys, duck calls

Bob’s interest in carving decoys developed as an extension of his waterfowl hunting. He began by carving working decoys and progressed to carving miniature and then life-sized decorative decoys. He has always appreciated the beauty and grace of waterfowl and tries to mirror those qualities in his realistic carvings.


Each decoy starts by cutting trees from the stand of eastern red cedars that grow on his farm. The wood is dried, and silhouettes are cut from the wood with a band saw. Then a power carver on a flexible shaft, is used to finesse the final shape. Bob uses wood burning tools and a dremel or power carver to achieve details. Feather colors are achieved by painting the decoy with multiple layers of acrylic paint.


Bob was born in Louisiana and lived several places growing up, but he considers himself from the hill country of Texas. For several years he has lived on a farm in Beautiful Washington County Kentucky. The wood for his carvings, Eastern red cedar, is harvested from his property. Bob’s work has won several awards in competitions hosted by the Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association and the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association.

Bob’s work can also be found at Artique, Lexington; and Damselfly Gallery, Midway, KY.