Rich Smoker provides an easy-to-follow, yet highly detailed systematic program for carving and painting a decorative decoy. His knowledge of the art, its history and waterfowl anatomy, joined with his years of experience places him at the top of his craft. Everyone from neophytes to experienced carvers will benefit from his instruction and end the week with a family heirloom. Just spend a day with Rich, and you will quickly learn why the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art honored him with the 2016 Ward Foundation Living Legends Award. However, do not think for a moment that Rich is a stuffy old professor. He balances serious instruction with a healthy measure of wholesome humor. If you take the class, prepare yourself for more than a few good laughs. In addition to the great teacher, you cannot beat the class setting. The classroom is located on the second floor of the J. Millard Tawes Museum, which overlooks the Crisfield, MD harbor. I have carved several decoys, but the bufflehead drake that I completed with Rich’s guidance is by far my best work. Thanks Rich!