NEW YORK FOLKLORE QUARTERLY
Vol. XXIX, No. 1, March, 1973
BRICE TYLER: AN INTERVIEW WITH BRICE TYLER — BIRD CARVER
by Martha and Bob Cochran
THIS INTERVIEW was conducted, and the photographs taken,
in October, 1971, at Princess Anne, Maryland, where Mr.
Tyler lives and works. We feel that Mr. Tyler’s work is
interesting from many perspectives — those of the art lover, and
the naturalist, to name a few. But we also think it has a special
significance for students of folk culture. For here is a man with
roots in a folk craft tradition — who first became interested in the
work of men who carved decoys for their own use. What he has
developed is a work which defies limitative definitions — and is
therefore of special interest to anyone interested in the processes
by which folk traditions often influence less “traditional,” and
sometimes more commercial, art forms.
Tyler: My name is Brice Tyler. I live in Princess Anne, Maryland.
I was born and raised in Somerset County and I became
interested in ducks, wooden ducks, as a small child. It seems that
a lot of people were mistaken about the craft, I guess you would
call it craft, of carving ducks on the Eastern Shore. From what I
can understand, the Eastern Shore has gotten the name of being
the most popular in the country for this particular craft. But a
lot of people are mistaken in believing that the people that have
the big names now were the only ones who did it years ago....
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