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46th Annual Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Md.

46th Annual Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Md.


♪ [APPLAUSE] >>FROM THESE TWO DUCTS, THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF WATER FILE ON DELMARVA. AND FOR 46 YEARS, THERE HAS BEEN A FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE ALL THINGS WATERFOWL.>>THIS WE CAN, THE TRADITION CONTINUES. THE 46TH ANNUAL WATERFOWL FESTIVAL BEGINS THURSDAY, SO LISA AND I DECIDED WE WANTED TO GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL.>>YES, AND WHO BETTER TO TALK TO THEN WATERFALL FESTIVAL CARVER RICH SMOKER WHO JOINS US. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.>>MY PLEASURE, ALWAYS FUN TO BE HERE.>>NOW, WE WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL, BUT ALSO, CARVING THESE DECOYS. HOW DO YOU DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS?>>IT BEGINS WITH AN IDEA, AND FROM THE IDEA, I TRANSFERRED TO PAPER, THEN A BLOCK OF WOOD, CUTTING IT OUT ON THE BANDSAW. MY TOOLS, HAND TOOLS LIKE KNIVES AND CHISELS, AND A HATCHET.>>WHICH YOU’VE ACTUALLY GIVEN US SOME HAND TOOLS, SOME NICE.>>YES.>>CAN YOU SHOW US? [LAUGHTER] >>AND SHOWS A FEW THINGS, LIKE HOW TO CARVE?>>CERTAINLY. I THINK WE WENT OVER HOW TO HOLD THE KNIFE CORRECTLY, AND WITH THAT, WE WRAPPED HER FINGERS AROUND THE BLADE AND HANDLE. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO TURN THE HANDLE IN OUR HAND, ABOUT 180 DEGREES, AND OUR THUMB WILL FIT ON THE WORK ITSELF. THEN, WHAT WE WILL DO THAT IS WE WILL PULL THE BLADE THROUGH THE WOOD.>>OKAY.>>OKAY, SO WE ARE PULLING THE BLADE THROUGH THE WOOD.>>AND THE THUMB ACTUALLY STOPS THE BLADE FROM GOING TOWARDS YOUR HAND. AND IF IT DOES, WE HAVE BROUGHT ALONG OUR FAVORITE, AND DAYS.>>THAT IS ALWAYS ONE OF MY FAVORITES.>>IS PROBABLY A GOOD IDEA, THE PIRATES BAND-AIDS.>>SO THIS FESTIVAL IS HELD EVERY YEAR? WILL BE THE 46, OBVIOUSLY, AND MY 36. AS AN EXHIBITOR.>>AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN CARVING?>>48 YEARS.>>REALLY?>>YES, IT KEEPS ME OFF THE STREET AND OUT OF THE POOL HARD. [LAUGHTER] >>SO KOCH’S STARTED IN TWO WOOD CARVING?>>WORK-RELEASE. [LAUGHTER] >>NO, MY FATHER AND I I FATHER WAS AN INDUSTRIAL ARTS TEACHER AT THE LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL WHERE WE GREW UP, AND WE WANTED TO MAKE A REEK OF DECOYS TO HUNT WITH, SO THAT’S HOW IT STARTED.>>HOW ARE YOU DOING OVER THERE?>>WE WERE TALKING ABOUT SOME THE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE HERE ON THE TABLE.>>YES.>>HOW LONG TO THE STAKE WE IT DEPENDS ON THE WORK. I CAN DO SOMETHING IN HIS WILL IS A DAY START TO FINISH, AND THE LONGEST I’VE EVER SPENT ON ONE WAS 10 MONTHS, IT DROVE ME TO DRINK, AND I APPRECIATED. [LAUGHTER] >>IT TAKES PATIENCE.>>IT DOES, SOMETIMES YES.>>SO, TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE WATERFOWL FESTIVAL. YEARS AGO?>>YES, BY MR. BILL TERRY AND HARRY WALSH, WHO DID IT FOR THE IDEA OF A FUNDRAISER FOR DUCKS UNLIMITED, AND ALSO, TO BRING PEOPLE TO EASTON AND TO TALBOT COUNTY AS A FUNDRAISING AND THAT WAY, TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THE COUNTY.>>SO LOTS OF THE CARVING OBVIOUSLY?>>OH YEAH.>>BUT THERE’S MORE?>>THERE’S LOTS. LIKE 14 DIFFERENT VENUES ALL OVER THE TOWN. AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS DRIVE THERE, AND THEY ALL HAVE A BUS SERVICE AND CAN CARRY YOU ALL OVER THE PLACE.>>ALL RIGHT. SO I DON’T KNOW. MINE IS A LITTLE CHOPPY, BUT YOURS LOOKS LIKE >>YES, I’M TRYING TO DO WHAT RICH IS DOING OVER HERE, AND I DON’T HAVE THE SKILL THE RICHES GOD, BUT I GUESS IT TAKES A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TO DEVELOP IT?>>WELL, IF IT’S ANY CONSOLATION, THIS IS WHAT WE WILL EMULATE. THIS IS PATTERNED AFTER A WARNER BROS. PINTAIL.>>OKAY.>>AND YOU ACTUALLY TAKE THIS ONE OUT?>>YES.>>IS NOT JUST A PIECE FOR THE MENTAL?>>NO, I HUNT WITH THEM AND THEY ARE FUN.>>NOW, HERE IS THE WHERE IN THE WIND?>>THE WHERE AND WHEN IS THIS WEEKEND, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY. THURSDAY NIGHT IS A PREVIEW NIGHT, AND YOU NEED TICKETS FOR THAT. FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY IS ALL DAY FROM 10:00 TO 5:00. SUNDAY FROM 10:00 TO 4:00 IN EASTON, MARYLAND ITSELF.>>OKAY.>>TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE RIGHT THERE, $15 FOR THE ENTIRE WEEKEND.>>AND YOU HAVE DOGS AS WELL?>>DOGS, YOU NAME IT, THEY’VE GOT IT. FOOD, DOCK DOGS, ALL THAT.>>TELLS ABOUT THAT.>>IS JUST AMAZING HOW THEY GET THE DOG TO JUMP OFF THE PLATFORM, FOR DISTANCE, PRIMARILY FOR DISTANCE, JUST AMAZING TO WATCH IT. I HAVE A DOG THAT JUMPS OFF OF DOCS, BUT NOT QUITE THAT PART.>>YEAH.>>MY WIFE WANTS ME TO SHOW HIM HOW TO DO IT, I’M NOT REALLY SURE THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO DO.>>TELLING HIM TO TAKE A LONG WALK OFF A SHORT U.áCUSTOMá I THINK SO.>>YOU KNOW, RICH, I’VE BEEN WORKING OVER HERE THAT A GREAT BIG MESS, BUT I DON’T THINK ANYTHING WILL TURN OUT NEARLY AS NICE AS WHAT YOU DO.>>WELL, KEEP IT.>>YOU ONLY HAVE TO DO IT FOR ANOTHER 48 YEARS. [LAUGHTER] >>RICH, THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>MY PLEASURE.

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