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909 South Schumaker Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804
410.742.4988

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Mon - Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Ivy Stevens (1876-1947) Back Bay, VA  

As a carpenter, Ivy Stevens helped to build many of the clubs on Virginia's Back Bay. He made his living as a club caretaker, guide and decoy carver, the profession for which he is most well-known. Stevens' well-constructed juniper decoys are hefty and resistant to breakage. When thrown from a hunting boat onto the water, Stevens' decoys were self-righting. Most of his decoys represent canvasbacks and redheads, though a few goose and ruddy duck decoys have surfaced. The bulk of Ivy Stevens' carving efforts went into working decoys, but for his family and friends, he made a few miniatures as gifts.