Andrew Mason (1889 - 1960) Stacy, North Carolina
On the Easter perimeter of Carteret County are shallow, salty sounds which host large concentrations of migrating birds during the winter months. The area is populated with people who have made a living "on the water" for generations. Among those Andrew Mason is remembered as a dedicated hunter and waterfowl carver.
Mason lived in and around Stacy all of his life. Following a stint in the military during World War I, Mason returned to Stacy where he worked as a commercial fisherman. For twenty years, from about 1930 until 1950, Mason carved a number of decoys. His work consists largely of red heads, canvasback, lesser scaup (known locally as "black heads") and Canada geese. A number of his decoys can be recognized with the letters "AM" carved into the bottoms.
For additional information
Carteret Waterfowl Heritage, 1993 by Jack Dudley.