E127 1930 Ira Hudson Brant, Ira Hudson and his wife Eva at home in Chincoteague Chincoteague, Virginia Known fordecoy carving Ira Hudson (1873 - 1949) was a boat builder and prolific decoy and shorebird carver from Chincoteague, Virginia. He created over 20,000 decoys during his lifetime, full sized and miniatures. His carvings were primarily of local waterfowl, using no patterns so each carving had a unique design. The decoys were carved out of available materials including ship masts and telephone poles. By the early 1900s people had begun collecting decoys for decorative purposes and Hudson was one of the first carvers to add details such as feet and wings to his carvings in response. Hudson has been called a "legendary name" in decoy carving. His decoys, which sold for $4 for a dozen during his lifetime, sell at auction for tens of thousands of dollars. The "Hudson style" of decoy usually includes a flowing bill shape and a full flowing or "fat football" shaped body, though he experimented with many styles. He used feather and scratch painting, and carved both rounded and flat-bottomed decoys.