On the Eastern Shores of the Chesapeake Bay, in the counties of Somerset, Talbot, and Dorchester there is an abundance of waterfowl and this has given rise to some of the great and well known decoy makers. Names such as the Ward Brothers, Ed Parsons, the Elliott brothers and Ronald Rue. Their collectibles are cherished all over the world. Ron Rue was selected as the first curator of The New Dorchester County Historical Society's "Carvers Museum."
This painting by artist George Wright which
was featured on the cover of Wildfowl Arts and depicts Ron examining this
youth's decoy. It is reminiscent of the Ward brother's 1954 examination
of Ron's early Merganser carving that he took to Crisfield for their appraisal.
This visit and their kind encouragement resulted in monthly visits and
their strong influence on his carvings The results of such critiques
speak for themselves, as Ron Rue became one of the finest decoy makers,
and is himself a Chesapeake Bay classic. That is why his decoys are on
display at the
Harve de Grace Decoy Museum and why his birds are roosting in Buckingham Palace.
Ron's decoys and decorative carvings have been mentioned in many publications, among these are:
Neild Museum | Meredith
House | Goldsborough Stable | Herb
Garden | Research Collection |Stronghouse|
Museum | Robbins Heritage Center
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