Decoy Carver of the Year Barry Griffiths Is Cedar Run Native

Feb 21, 2018
Photo by: Kathy Conrad NJDCA ‘Carver of the Year’ Barry Griffiths holds one of his Canada goose carvings in his home in Cedar Run.

The New Jersey Decoy Collectors Association today announced its annual selection for “Carver of the Year,” selecting Barry Griffiths of the Cedar Run section of Stafford Township. Griffiths will be presented with his award at the annual NJDCA show at the Holiday Inn in Manahawkin on March 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Barry Griffiths joins a long line of outstanding New Jersey decoy carvers and collectors that our association has honored each year over the past 25 years,” said NJDCA President Jaim Lloyd. “Not only does Mr. Griffiths’ pedigree of blue ribbons distinguish him, but he is one of our carvers and collectors that can trace his love of decoys to a long line of ancestral baymen and boat builders.”

Griffiths won his first blue ribbon at age 16, winning for youth carving during the Nationals held in Babylon, N.Y.  Now at age 62, he is still winning, most recently two blue ribbons in last year’s Ocean County Duck and Decoy Show, held in October at Tip Seaman County Park in Tuckerton.

Griffiths’ knowledge of ducks goes hand in hand with his knowledge of boats, the woods, clams, and the bay.

According to Grove Conrad of Lower Bank, Griffiths’ grandfather was Adam Price, an old-time sport-fisher boat builder on Route 9 in Parkertown. (The shop is no longer there; it’s a convenience store.)

His stepmother, Berta Price, introduced Barry to carver John Holloway, his first teacher, and Griffiths also counts Herb Miller and Armand Carney as his “professors.” His stepdad was Spike Corliss, a local duck hunter guide in Manahawkin and Cedar Run.

The NJ Decoy Collectors Association is a group of over 200 collectors and carvers formed nearly 50 years ago. Its show is routinely described as the best old decoy show in the country.

The show includes wildfowl art, decoy appraisals, an artifacts display and a raffle for a special-edition decoy made by Griffiths. This year, the New Jersey Ducks Unlimited organization will support the show and include a special Ducks Unlimited raffle. Admission is $5.

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