Carver of the Year 2019 – Darin Midgette

Darin Midgette began making decoys just twenty years ago; he was introduced during several 1998 NJDCA events to the works of Steve Morey and David Rhodes – two of New Jersey’s most renowned folk artists. The Morey/Rhodes influence is evident in the delicate and diminutive shorebirds and herons that subsequently won Darin “Place” ribbons at various decoy contests over the past decade. The heron “Blue Ribbon” Darin won at the Two Rivers show in Rumson, is especially significant .  Not only does he enter contests but Darin is the NJDCA club contest organizer and he credits the monthly contests with teaching him volumes and refining his own collection; a substantial and focused collection that he is rightly proud of. 

Midgette’s DNA is laced with decoy and gunning origins. His grandfather, William Deichart lived for almost a century and fell overboard in his late 70’s shooting ducks; an uncle, Malcolm McCarty was and still is a prominent collector and provided Darin with some of the first decoys in Darins collection; a great uncle, Whelan Baum, Wanchese,NC, made decoys that are important to North Carolina and has been listed in several regional decoy books.

Darin and his wife Barbara live in the funky village of Collings Lakessomewhere between Buena and Williamstown. At home he divides his time between his shop – a proper affair with a proper wood stove and his decoy room – a proper collectors room with history on every shelf. 

Mr. Darin Midgette is home grown – Jersey through and through –Congratulations.

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