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During the off season Tom is a full time wildfowl artist and has been creating his art since 1987. It all started in the salt marshes of Long Island. In those days Cornicelli carved decoys for hunting. After being urged by his friend and world class carver Captain Fred Muhs to attend some of the local decoy shows he began meeting other enthusiastic bird carvers. Tom began to pick up lots of new ideas and technical tips ,his work quickly became competitive at the " world class" level of competition. He has placed in the numerous shows throughout the country such as the Ward Foundation's World Carving Competition, Mid-Atlantic Decoy Show at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, New England Expo, Pacific Flyway Wildfowl Art Festival, U.S. National, just to mention a few and continues to take Best of Show honors. At the prestigious Ward Foundation 2003 World Carving Competition Tom was awarded "Best in Show" World Gunning Pairs Division and took it home again in 2004, 2005 and 2007. Most recently, Tom was also awarded Pacific Flyway Decoy Show 2009 "Carver of the Year".

His highly collectable gunners are in numerous states and three countries. As a member of Ducks Unlimited, Tom Cornicelli's work has raised thousands of dollars for the conservation of wetlands in the U.S.. He has also been honored by the Smithsonian Institute and the Ward Foundation Mid-Atlantic Invitational.

 

 
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