Earl "Bud" Shell, decoy carver, artist, mentor, and long-time ODCCA friend passes away
Earl "Bud" Shell, age 85, of East China, entered his Heavenly Home with his family by his side on September 19, 2021. He was born on April 10, 1936 to the late Earl and Ruby Shell. Bud married Carol Danhausen on August 9, 1957 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Port Huron. Through hard work and precision in perfecting his career, he worked as a lead mechanic for over 40 years. Bud was a man of his faith; he was an active and devoted member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Clair for 40 years. Bud was well known for his easy-going manner, willingness to help, his ever-present smile, and sense of humor. He has been the inspiration and mentor for several carvers. His love for hunting, fishing, life time in the outdoors and duck carving were his passion.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carol; children, John (Sherry) Shell, Marcie (William) Keusch; grandchildren, John (Desiree) Shell, Taylor (Matthew) Strunk, Joshua and Hannah Shell; great grandchildren, Norah and Aubree Shell, and Landon and Caleb Strunk; brother, Willard (Cathy) Shell.
He is preceded in death by his son, Brian Shell, and sister JoAnne (Don) East.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 24th at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Clair. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the church on Friday. Memorial contributions are suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Church. To leave a message visit www.youngcolonial.com.
ODCCA Membership to be extended to 2022!
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Maumee Bay Carvers at
Applebutter outdoor Festival, downtown Grand Rapids, OH.
Sunday October 10, 2021 Grand Rapids Ohio Applebutter Fest 2021
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For the past eight consecutive years, the Maumee Bay Carvers Association has participated in the Village of Grand Rapids, OH., Apple Butter Festival, held in October. The village is an historic canal town situated on the banks of the Maumee River. Thousands of people attend this event annually. Our booth is located in front of the historic Town Hall. The event also includes pioneer crafts, a juried art show, a living history village, bluegrass and country music, and the sweet smell of apple butter that is cooked nearby.
As part of our continuing outreach and mentoring program, we demonstrate decoy carving and painting techniques. And once again, we offered children the opportunity to paint some 300 silhouette heads of mallards, redhead ducks and of course, apples. Some made the apples into pumpkins.
It has become a tradition for families to stop by our booth. Many of the parents said they can see how their kids' painting skills have progressed from year-to-year. And the children look forward to displaying their projects at home.
We distribute flyers and answer questions about our Wednesday Carve-Alongs at WoodCraft in Toledo, Ohio, that are open to the public. We also promote the upcoming 2022 Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Show in Independence, Ohio.
Most importantly, our painting activities provide children the opportunity to shut off their electronics and enjoy using their hands, minds and spirit in painting a duck head or apple.
Club members Ted Fisher, Karen Higgins, Mark Langenderfer, Bob Lund, Garrett Secord, Steve Secord, and Donna Puccetti volunteered at the booth.
2021 Woodcarver’s Show & Sale
October 29 & 30, 2021
Awards are given to exhibitors for the following categories: Sauder Award - Best of Show, Specialty Award, Award of Excellence, People's Choice, Carver's Choice and Merit Awards.
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Sauder Village is located at 22611 State Route 2, Archbold, OH 43502.
Four miles south of exit 25 on the I-80/90 Turnpike.
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50th Ward World Championship
Wildfowl Carving Competition
and Art Festival
April 22, 23 & 24, 2022
Ocean City, Maryland at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center Show Hours:
For nearly 50 years the Ward World Championship has gathered hundreds of artists from around the globe for the largest bird carving competition in the world. Carvers from the United States, Canada, Japan, Russia and the United Kingdom make their annual pilgrimage to compete for a chance to win the coveted World Champion title, participate in the educational conference that enriches their talent, and immerse themselves in a celebration of wildfowl art.
The impact of this institution has grown dramatically from its origins as a grassroots effort to celebrate two exceptional bird carvers from Crisfield, MD whose talents were unmistakable. When one experiences the Ward Museum, they are part of an enduring celebration of the artistic, natural, and cultural legacy of these artists and the thousands of others who have captivated the world. You are invited to become a part of this story and discover why the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, is world renowned.
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DCCA History Featured!
Don't miss the annual 2020 Competition Magazine published by Wildfowl Carving Magazine!
The history of the ODCCA is featured in a beautiful nine-page article. And you will see familiar names along with 55 photos of the winning entries in the Third Annual Online Competition.
High resolution photos, an index to artists, and captivating profiles of carvers from throughout the USA and Canada make this a great reference.
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