VINTAGE HAND CARVED & PAINTED WOODEN "GREAT EGRET", JOE FREITAS, ARTIST - SIGNED. Height: Egret = 20 in.
Width: Egret = 14 in. / Stand = 9 in. Weight: 4 lb 4.6 oz. A beautiful representation of Joe Freitas work.Very detailed and so realistic. The painting and attention to detail accentuates the feathered look of this masterful carving. Kept in a smoke free environment. About The Artist - according to an article (in part) by Ken Barnes, of The Bakersfield Californian, entitled "Paying tribute to a master carver ONE FINAL NOTE".
His name is Joe'Puggy' Freitas, and he has been one of the finest carvers of waterfowl in the west for a great number of years. Joe first started carving back in 1972 when a friend of his showed him some carvings that he had done. Joe thought, You know, I think I could do that. He went out and found an old redwood fence post, and from that he carved a pair of green-winged teal.
Joe was not sure if his painting was up to standard but his friend thought they were good enough to take with him to a show in Santa Ana to be entered. Not surprising, Joe won his class. He laughs about it now saying, I was no longer in the novice class. Since that time, Joe won countless awards with his entries all over the west.
Many of his decoys were donated as prizes at a number of skeet shoots throughout the state. He also has donated a number of them to Ducks Unlimited auctions over the years. Provenance: This one of a kind wood decoy sculpture was owned by Brian Holt, Champion & Hall of Fame Skeet Shooter from San Diego, California. It was won by Mr.Holt as a trophy for "HOA Gun Champ" in the 1995 K. Brian Holt was inducted into the California Skeet Shooting Association's Hall of Fame in 1994. Please view all picures as they are a part of the description.
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