on the St. Lawrence; influences on Bill's decoy carving.
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mornings in the days of market hunting ducks.
the Miss Hazelton:a teenager with a fast boat.
Massey was the subject of this January 31, 2000 profile jointly
produced for radio by Traditional Arts in Upstate New York
and North Country Public Radio. Listen
Massey was one of the last of the traditional St. Lawrence
River guides and decoy makers. He always lived close to the
water. He was given his first boat at the age of six so that
he could commute to school from the family's island home in
Chippewa Bay. Massey learned the art of carving decoys from
his grandfather and father, as well as from the great Alexandria
Bay carver, Chauncey Wheeler. For more than 70 years, Massey
carved countless decoys, both for hunting and for prized decorations.
He used no photographs as models; instead he relied on his
vast knowledge of St. Lawrence River birds, gained through
first-hand contact. Over the years Bill Massey participated
in many exhibitions and competitions, often winning prizes
for his carvings or his sharpshooting skills. He participated
in the National Folk Festival in Vienna, Virginia, in 1980
and was nominated for the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship
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