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New Hampshire Traditional Arts & Folklife Listing

Fred Dolan
Wildfowl Carving

Fred Dolan is a nationally recognized wood carver, specializing in waterfowl and song birds. Dolan has been carving for over twenty-five years and has been honored for his fine craftsmanship at numerous exhibits and gatherings of wildfowl carvers. He incorporates his extensive knowledge of wildlife conservation into his workshops and lectures. Dolan is a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and his carvings are in many private collections. He has received several Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants to teach apprentices. Dolan has demonstrated decoy carving at numerous festivals including the Lowell Folk Festival in Massachusetts and the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle, Washington. He represented New Hampshire at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Celebrate New Hampshire festival held in Hopkinton in 2000. He has been nominated twice for a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Governors’ Arts Award in Folk Heritage.

Preferred activities and age groups: Lecture and slide presentations on the history of New England decoys and their makers. Hands-on workshops with adults.

Availability: Statewide year round


Contact Information:
161 Barn Door Gap Rd
Strafford, NH 03884
Phone: 603/269-5221
Alt. Phone: 603/269-5221


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