About Jerry Talton

jerry-taltonJerry is both an avid waterfowler and carver who makes traditional decoys focusing mainly on the time-honored methods and materials of the Core Sound area.

His decoy carving evolved from a one time love for shaping surfboards, which began at an early age. His decoys are influenced greatly by the simplistic elegance of working decoys from coastal North Carolina to Long Island, NY. In addition to the carving, Jerry paints all the decoys himself using the finest available artists’ oils.

Jerry does not limit his carving to ducks alone, but also makes shorebirds, fish, and the occasional whimsical folk art inspired piece. He will often incorporate salvaged materials from local marshes as well as historic structures and vessels into his decorative pieces which give them a bit of historical significance.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild, and his pieces can be found in many collections and hunting rigs throughout the United States.


Jerry has been honored to be selected as an Artist in Residence by Garden and Gun. His residency at the Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, SC will be December 11-15, 2017.

He will take up residence in the beautiful, light-filled Artist Cottage where he will hold a meet and greet session and gallery hours to showcase his work – both open to the public. Jerry will also host interactive workshops, showing attendees how to design their own shorebird decoy from start-to-finish.

For more information, visit the Artist in Residency website.


Garden & Gun | Made in the South Awards

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Core Sound Style

With a bit of artistic flare.







Works For Sale

Core Sound Dipper – $350
Core Sound/Currituck Blue Wing Teal – $350
Miniature Core Sound Drake Blackhead
Core Sound Ringneck Wing Duck – $350
Flying Black Duck Plaque
Core Sound Canvasback Wing Duck – $350
Miniature Core Sound Swans
Core Sound Blue Wing Teal in Eclipse Plumage – $350
Core Sound Sprigtail – $350
Core Sound Redhead Wing Duck – $350
Core Sound Blackhead Wing Duck – $350
Core Sound Gadwall – $350
Core Sound Widgeon – $350
Core Sound Blue Wing Teal Wing Duck – $350
Churchs Island Style Ruddy Ducks – $350 each
Core Sound Redhead – $350
Core Sound Flying Brant Plaque
Core Sound Ruddy Wing Duck – $350
Core Sound Hen Blackhead – $350
Churchs Island Style Ruddy Ducks – $350.00 each
Core Sound Solid Body Redhead Drake and Blackhead Hen – $350.00 each
Miniature Core Sound Hen Blackhead
Core Sound Canvas Back – $350
Decoy Stand – $10

  • Looking for the perfect gift and can’t decide on your (or their) favorite decoy? Gift certificates are available!

Contact Jerry for more information.



Vintage At The Foundation

Certain to be an heirloom.




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Hand-crafted With Pride

No two are ever the same.



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