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Gary Starr: Avian artistry born and bred

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Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By James Finn



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ARTIST GARY STARR stands in his timber-frame workshop holding one of the untold number of duck decoys he has carved over his career. The self-taught and artistically successful carver was first inspired by his father, a physician who carved and collected decoys as an avocation. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

In the Duxbury, Mass., home where Gary Starr grew up, avian artistry was a household affair. His father, George R. Starr, a doctor, lined the walls of Gary’s childhood abode with hundreds of intricately-carved decoy ducks, geese, loons and sandpipers that he had both collected and crafted himself. While his father’s appreciation for waterfowl stemmed from the practice of hunting itself, the beauty of the carved wooden decoys hunters used to lure their prey was what really grabbed young Gary.

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