Where has the summer gone? Pics and memories from a season expired
Another new addition to the Aspen Outfitting Company shop this week is the hand-carved decoy's of Bob Cook. Mr, Cook is a native Georgian who began carving and painting wildfowl decoys over 30 years ago. His father, Clarence, was an accomplished wood worker and cabinet maker while his brother Nick is world renowned as a wood turner and wood turning instructor.
Bob has studied painting at the Atlanta College of Art and Colorado Mountain College. He has also studied with nationally recognized bird carvers such as Ernie Mills (shore birds and fish decoys), Mike Mason (decoy carving, painting and finishing), and Ernie Muehimatt (power carving raptors).
Since retirement, Bob, his wife Marsha and Abigail, their Bearded Collie, divide their time between Lake Burton in the mountains of north Georgia and Aspen where he specializes in decorative and working bird and fish decoys.
Bob is a member of the Ward Foundation, Ducks Unlimited and Trout Unlimited.
I am just recently back from a trip to the Great White North (Toronto to be exact), so excuse my slow posting recently... When I was gone, we acquired a couple of nice hunting knives. The first is a set of two knives in a custom sheath by famous knife maker Sean McWilliams. They are hand-forged stainless steel (he is one of the very few to do this) and the handles are carved of fossilized Walrus Ivory. The smaller knife is for evisceration and the larger for skinning, and together they make a rare and beautiful set, worthy of the most discerning collector.
The other knife was made by Steve Barminski when he was producing knives in Craig, Colorado. It is a single knife in a custom sheath with a beautifully laminated wooden handle. Seeing that I am Colorado born and raised, this knife is my favorite, and is something that would go nicely in any woodsman's christmas stocking.