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Loon Lake Decoy Company

Logo Loon Lake Decoy Co.

Mission Statement

The Loon Lake Decoy Company is nestled along the banks of the Upper Mississippi River Valley in Minnesota's oldest city, Wabasha. Made famous as the home of the hit movie "Grumpy Old Men", Wabasha is noted for its Mississippi River "River Rats" and "Old World Craftsmen". This combination of love for the outdoors and skilled craftsmenship is what sets Loon Lake Decoy Company sculptures apart from all the rest.

The Loon Lake Decoy Company is committed to providing all our customers with the best possible quality products and service. Be sure to check out the Decoys to see exactly what we mean.

A tradition of craftsmenship

...how each decoy is created

All Loon Lake Decoy Company Waterfowl Decoys, Upland Bird Sculptures and Framing Cameos start as an original solid Tupelo Gum or Basswood wood carving by Master Carver Sam Nottleman. From each original, a mold is made which the hand-cast reproductions are then pulled.

A variety of casting mediums along with a resin binder are used to individually hand cast each sculpture. After casting and curing, each sculpture is subject to many more hand operations to remove any seam lines or casting blemishes. This work insures each sculpture captures every detail of Sam's original.

After finishing the raw sculpture, our staff of talented artists hand paints each one using heavy-body acrylic paints. These paints are fade resistant, insuring your Loon Lake sculpture will become a treasured family heirloom. Next, the glass taxidermy eyes are added to many of the sculptures, then the ultra suede base and the Certificate of Authenticity.

The Certificate of Authenticity adds to each decoys collectability.

Each sculpture requires hours of hand work by the combined skills of the carver, craftsmen and artists before it is complete. We are proud of this attention to detail and hope you will enjoy your new Loon Lake sculpture as much as we have enjoyed creating it for you.

Our goal at Loon Lake Decoy Company is to provide you with the finest hand-crafted, hand-painted limited edition waterfowl decoy and upland bird wildlife sculptures available today along with the best customer service possible. We UNCONDITIONALLY stand behind every item we sell. If you are ever unhappy with any Loon Lake product for any reason we will make it right with you without delay. A simple call on our eight hundred number is all it takes.

Biographies

Sam Nottleman: Born along the banks of the Mississippi River in Southeastern Minnesota, Sam's appreciation and love of the outdoors began literally at birth. Fascinated by the annual migrations of waterfowl and songbirds along the Mississippi corridor, Sam expressed his love of the birds through his skills as an artist. From drawing and pottery to wood carving, even as a young man his art reflected the deep respect he continues to have today for the beauty and conservation of our natural resources.

Graduating from Winona State University in 1972 with a BA in Art, Sam had already begun a 33 year career as a professional musician. At first the music and the road served as a distraction, keeping Sam from his drawing and carving. However it was not long before his passion for the birds again made it's presence known and Sam began carving as a way to unwind after an exhausting performance on stage. It was during this period of time Sam's carving skills really developed. From his personal observations and an extensive collection of mounted birds as a reference, his carvings became ever more detailed and unique. Now known throughout the country for his anatomically correct positions and lifelike details, today he continues to push the carving envelope with new lifelike sculptures in fascinating poses.

Sam joined Loon Lake Decoy Company as Master Carver and business partner in the spring of 1992. Retiring from the music industry in 1996, carving is now both his passion and profession. With his studio on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River he carves fulltime and promises "even more unique and interesting sculptures to come". Check back often to see his latest work.

Mike Lidgerding and Gary Sobotta: A couple old diehard hunters, fisherman and conservationists. We first met more then 20 years ago while working together on a local conservation fundraising committee. We have hunted and fished together ever since. Mike approached me with the idea of starting a decorative decoy company in early 1991 and as they say the rest is history. Now not only do we work, hunt and fish together, we watch and help each other raise our respective teenage daughters. An even bigger challenge then Loon Lake. Regarding our products and service, our belief is simple, you reap what you sow. Try our sculptures and we know you will agree our quality and service are second to none.

   
Minature Ring Necked Pheasant
The gaudy Ring-neck is known for his beautiful colors and long tail. An immigrant from SE Asia, the colorful Ring-neck Pheasant now calls many of America's uplands home. Mounted on an 8" diameter base the bird is 15" Long and 6 " Tall.

   
Miniature Canada Goose
The annual fall and spring migration of geese in their famous "V" formation is a true sign of the changing season. 10 7/8" Long by 6" Tall by 5" Wide

   
Miniature Canvasback
Considered the "King" of the Diving Ducks a "Bull Can" is a trophy in any waterfolwers bag. 8" Long by 4 3/4" Tall by 4 1/4" Wide

   
Miniature Flying Mourning Dove
The Mourning Dove is known for its mournful "Cooing" call. Found across the United States the Mourning Dove is a favorite both on the wing and at the feeder. Building a fragile nest of twigs Doves raise several broods of chicks every year. This handcrafted rendition is mounted on a 6 3/8" diameter base and is 9 " tall. The Dove is 8" long.

   
Miniature Loon
A symbol of the North the Common Loon is well known for it's haunting calls and yodeling. 10 7/8" Long by 4 " Tall by 4 1/8" Wide

   
Miniature Mallard
America's most popular duck. 10" Long by 4 3/8" Tall by 3 3/4" Wide

   
Miniature Pintail
Often called by the handle "Bull Sprig" after his long tail feathers, the adult male Pintail is a beautiful bird and graceful flyer. 11" Long by 5 1/8" Tall by 4" Wide

   
Miniature Wild Turkey
Thanks to the conservation efforts of American Sportsmen, the Wild Turkey calls more places home then ever before. Their loud springtime gobbling can now be heard throughout the United States. Known for their exceptional eyesight and wariness, Thomas Jefferson suggested the Wild Turkey as our National Symbol. This detailed rendition is mounted on a 10" diameter base and is 11 " tall. The beard is removable for easy dusting and safe shipping.

   
Miniature Wood Duck
Our most colorful North American Waterfowl. Often called a "Summer Duck" in many southern states.

   
Miniature Woodcock
The American Woodcock is often referred to as the "Timberdoodle" because of the erratic flying it demonstrates during it's spring courtship. It is found in wet lowland forest areas. The tiny Woodcock annually migrates by flying at night from its breeding range in the Northern United States and Canada to the wintering grounds on the Southern Gulf Coast. The long bill of the Woodcock is the perfect tool for probing below ground for the tasty angleworms that are its favorite food. It is mounted on a 6 3/8" diameter base and is 5" tall.

   
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