Woodcarver speaks to art league

DeKALB – The next meeting of the Kishwaukee Valley Art League will feature a demonstration of carving waterfowl decoys.

The speaker for the evening will be expert woodcarver Bill Thumm, who has been handcrafting and painting waterfowl decoys for more than 30 years. Thumm is considered to be one of the premiere carvers in the Midwest, and crafts more than 20 different species of ducks and geese.

The league meeting will be at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, on the corner of North Fourth and Locust streets in DeKalb, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7. The meeting is open to all; there is no membership requirement or admission to attend. Refreshments are served after the demonstration.

Thumm’s interest in waterfowl developed through his experience as a duck hunter, and his first decoys were carved in the early 1970s. He began attending art shows and selling hand-carved decoys in the late 1980s. He carves in his leisure time and hopes to do it full time after he retires from the education field.

Thumm plans to show examples of the various stages of the process in his presentation. He will bring tools and show some of the process.

For more information and  photos of Thumm’s work, visit

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