03/05/15 - 3:24pm
BELGRADE, Minn. (AP) — Dennis Bertram worked the curved blade in an unhurried rhythm, releasing thin curls of redwood. The emerging decoy lost its band-saw edges while old-time country played on the radio.
A self-taught carver and retired heavy equipment operator, Bertram, 62, has never figured how long it takes to finish a decoy.
A half-dozen rest on a workbench among chisels, knives, and patterns cut from Wheaties and Coke boxes. Some decoys are just taking shape, others have galvanized tin fins or wood-burned scales. When he gets tired of one thing, he moves to the next.