Jim Comer has been carving and painting birds and ducks as a hobby for over 42 years. He creates ten to 15 works a year. These works are sold, gifted or donated to worthy causes. Since his retirement, he has been able to spend more time on each carving. A hundred hours is not uncommon. He finds keeping up with changes in the craft equally as challenging as the goal of producing an attractive, accurate and realistic work.
The 1970s was a period of time when decoy carving experienced a rebirth and immense popularity among carvers. The dominant east coast duck show was the U.S. National, held in Babylon, NY each spring. Jim worked as a volunteer at the show, rising to serve as chair for three years. He was also a competitor in the show, winning a dozen or so ribbons in the confidence class of competition.
Jim’s carvings were done in Huntington, Long Island, NY for the first 30 years. They were carved from basswood and shaped using knives and chisels. Since retiring to Ocean Isle Beach, NC 12 years ago, he has switched to using high speed grinders and diamond burrs (now a dominant trend with carvers). These days he prefers to use tupelo (black gum) wood because of its highly desirable working characteristics for stability and finely detailed surfaces.
Jim’ selection of works offered is purely personal and reflects his current interests and challenges in keeping his work fresh.
Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC is the exclusive outlet for Jim Comer wood carvings.