Ted VandenBossche beside the family barn during World War II
"Ted" Vandenbossche was renowned as a maker of fine duck decoys
and duck boats.
He was also well known for his highly detailed, extremely
naturalistic fish decoys.
Attention to detail as illustrated in these
earned him a substantial following as a carver.
His work was eagerly sought after by even his peers because it also
reputation of working better than almost anyone else's.
Ted Vandenbossche / Sucker Decoy
Carved and painted wood, nailhead eyes, Length 9", Circa 1930
most of Michigan's Master carvers, Vandenbossche was something of a
rustic Rennaisance man; a carpenter, tool and die maker, a builder of
and as an occupation, was the owner of a fleet of barges and
engaged in the dredging business.
was well known in the Lower Michigan area as a market hunter
with a keen eye for both fishing and carving.