I would like to personally thank you for
your interest in our company.
My Father and I started Big Sky Carvers with the idea of
reflecting ours and our customers passions for the outdoors in the
decoys that we carved.
Over two decades later, a lot has changed. Instead of a
simple collection of wooden decoys, we now have over 1500 different
products ranging all the way from coffee tables to Christmas
But one thing remains unchanged -- every Big Sky Carvers
product is conceptualized, designed and crafted to in some way reflect
the great outdoors. Whether the whimsy and fun of the Bearfoots, or the
artistic seriousness of a Masters Edition woodcarving, it is still about
the fascination we have for animals and all things wild in the world
Ours is still a family business, literally and
figuratively. The Big Sky Carver family extends through our busy Montana
Workshop, through our 50 plus designers, artists and sculptors, through
our partner workshops abroad, and finally through to you and yours, who
hopefully share our same curiosities and affections for animals and the
Our sincere hope is that your life is in some small way
enriched by one of our creations. Thank you again for visiting us.
Co-Founder and CEO
Twenty-one years ago, Montana was a relatively
undiscovered outdoorsman's paradise. Founders Eric and Marc Pierce were
raised in the Midwest, and when the opportunity arose to start a new
business, they decided to pursue a dream that embraced their passions of
collecting and a fascination of all things wild. The upshot, in 1980,
was the founding of Big Sky Carvers.
For over a decade, ornamental decoys were Big Sky's
bread and butter. Then, in 1991, they took another leap of faith with
the addition of Meissenburg Designs, a collection of traditional and
humorous signs for the home and lodge. Cabin Carvings, a collection of
wildly popular carved bears and friends, was added in 1993, followed by
the William Herrick Collection of home furnishings in 1994; Montana
Bronzes (later Big Sky Sculpture) in 1995; and the Bridger Trading
Company (later Big Sky Home Accents) in 1997. By 2001, the company had
expanded to include a variety of designs that touch the hearts of
Each original sculpture is painstakingly
handcrafted by its creator in clay or wax, at which time our mold makers
take over and create a master casting from a mold. During this process,
the original clay or wax sculpture is damaged and lost to the
mold-making process. The master mold and subsequent castings are then
made to complete the edition. The master is then destroyed and the
edition is closed.
By using a special process we are able to capture the
life and realism of the subject. Each piece is composed of proprietary
blends of fine resins with the addition of pure pewter in some
When removed from the molds, the result is a stunning
and exact duplicate of the original. The beautiful finish is the result
of hand-applied patinas and carefully matched to define all of the
subtle detail of the artwork.
It takes years to perfect the craft of
decoy carving, so each of our artists is understandably concerned that,
before finishing a piece, each decoy is a carving he'll be proud to call
his own. Preserved forever in timbers sawed from massive west-coast
Sugar Pine, these exceptional art works retain the warm glow given them
by the hands of their creators. From the intricate wing overlays to the
folk art finishes, our process has been refined over two decades. We're
proud to keep the tradition alive.