Fall 2011 - Vincenti Decoys launches its new web site offering upper bay style decoys carved by Pat Vincenti, Decoy Carving Supplies, Ronan Decoy Paints, Vintage Waterfowl Accessories, and Chesapeake Bay Collectible Decoys.
Call or Visit Vincenti Decoys retail store in Havre de Grace for all of your decoy carving supplies and collectible needs.
Pat is a dedicated member of the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum’s Board of Directors where he currently holds the position of President of the Board. His enthusiasm and appreciation for the Decoy Museum’s mission has brought world wide visibility to the “Decoy Capital of the World”. In addition to the full time decoy carving business and running their decoy shop in Havre de Grace, Patrick and Jeannie both serve as officers on the board of directors of the R. Madison Mitchell Trust. Through their untiring efforts the Mitchell Trust has been enabled to support the Decoy Museum’s mission and ongoing improvement program.
For those of you who have never witnessed the creation of a decoy it is worth the trip to the Vincenti’s decoy shop to watch the artists at work. Patrick and Jeannie are both accomplished artists and craftsmen. They work in tandem to create both a beautiful and functional work of art. Their decoys are well received wherever they appear, both in this country and abroad. Captain Bill Collins who worked with the late R. Madison Mitchell , the dean of the Havre de Grace carvers said this of Vincenti Decoys, “ I truly believe that Pat makes the finest decoy of the Upper Chesapeake Region, his painting skills set the standard for the other decoy makers to follow.”
Patrick Vincenti was born in 1954, in Havre de Grace, Maryland. He credits his interest in decoy making to the many days he spent hunting on the Susquehanna Flats. Pat Vincenti started by making his own decoys to hunt over, which soon evolved into making decoys for other hunters as well as for collectors.
As a young man, he spent most of his free time frequenting the shops of the local decoy carvers, where he learned all that he could about the making and painting of decoys. Among the carvers who influenced him are R. Madison Mitchell, Jim Pierce, Paul Gibson, Ed Sampson, Clarence Bauer, and Bill Collins. Pat feels he is very fortunate to have spent such quality time with all of these gentlemen. "There were no secrets, they were willing to teach you all they knew, and I learned something from each and every one of them."
In 1986, Pat left his full time job as a baker to become a full time decoy maker. Shortly thereafter, his wife Jeannie left her job to join him the decoy business. The two have worked side by side to build a successful business.
Their work has been displayed at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. and their decoys have been purchased and sold at many Ducks Unlimited functions across the United States. Mr. Vincenti was a featured carver in Southern Living Magazine's 1987 Book of the Year "By Southern Hands" written by Jan Arnow. In 1990, Pat and Jeannie received recognition in "Upper Chesapeake Bay Decoys and Their Makers" by Dave and Joan Hagan of Golden Memories Studio, Inc.
Pat's Black Ducks, depicted in a painting by noted Maryland artist Louis Frisino, were chosen by the state of West Virginia for the 1990 Waterfowl Stamp. In 1994, Connecticut selected Pat's Black Duck as a companion decoy to their "First of State" Waterfowl Stamp. Most recently, the Vincenti's appeared on Good Morning America. This was a real honor, and both were very proud to have the ABC News show visit their shop.
Pat Vincenti's reputation for making quality decoys is nationwide. Together Patrick and Jeannie hope to ensure the preservation of this truly American Folk Art. Today the Vincenti's can be found making Upper Chesapeake Bay style decoys in their shop in Churchville, Maryland.