Arlen Svare
Recipient of The Living Legend Award [right]

-Folk art 
-working fish decoys and 
-Fish carvings

order information

 

I was born in 1929 in Minnesota and have lived here all but 16 years of my life. It was an ideal state to have as home because of its 14,000-15,000 lakes, and the emphasis on fishing is great! When I was 12 years old I was introduced to darkhouse decoy fishing by my uncle, and in that pursuit was very disappointed with the action of a commercial plastic fish decoy I had bought. In complaining to my father, he stated, "Why don't you make your own fish decoy like I had to do when I was a boy?" ...[continued below the thumbnail images]

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New Work: Golden Trout, 9-1/2"

$125.00
  inquire Arlen@ArlenSvare.com

 

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Largemouth Bass
1002_smallmouth_bass
Smallmouth Bass
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Black Crappie
1004_sunfish
Sunfish
1005_brown_trout
Brown Trout

Rainbow Trout
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Lake Trout
1007_northern_pike
Northern Pike
1008_walleye_pike
Walleye Pike
1009_whitebass
White Bass
1010_catfish
Catfish
(unavailable)

1011_bowfin_dogfish
Bowfin (Dogfish)
1012_common_carp
Common Carp
1013_muskellunge
Muskellunge

The fish is an
amazing creation,
sublimely fashioned
to live in an element
entirely foreign
to you and me.
-AS
2014_cutthroat_trout
Cutthroat Trout
2015_small_rainbow_trout
Rainbow Trout
2016_large_frog
Frog
2017_small_frog
Small Frog
2018_redwing_blackbird
Redwing Blackbird
2019_tiny_sunfish
Small Sunfish
2020_northern_pike_jig
Northern Pike
Jig Stick
2021_rainbow_trout_jig_stick
Rainbow Trout
Jig Stick
2022_mouse
Mouse
2023_painted_turtle
Painted Turtle
2024_tiny_rainbow_trout
Tiny Rainbow Trout
2025_diving_mallard_duck
Diving
Mallard Duck
 

With his guidance I did, and it performed so beautifully I have never bought another commercial one since. 

Some years ago people began asking me to make fish decoys for their use, and that developed into a demand for decoys with my signature upon them. I was surprised, one day, to be shown that I was listed in Kimball's "Fish Decoy" book, Volume III, page ll4 (name misspelled). I am also listed in the Don Peterson, Ph.D., book, "Fish Decoy Makers Past and Present", just off the press. 


Perch

 

Today you will find my decoys on two prints and they also are to be found nationwide. I have several decoys in the "Decoy Museum" at Havre d'Grace, Maryland. Among the awards for decoy making, the most recent is an "Honorable Mention" for a Northern Pike decoy submitted to the Greater Michigan Decoy Show, last September, 2000. Each winter I teach classes for fish carving and fish decoy making at our local Community Education Program. My shop was invaded, one time, by a television crew to record my making of a fish decoy from start to finish, and that program is often shown on Channel 3 in our area of the state. The fish is an amazing creation, sublimely fashioned to live in an element entirely foreign to you and me. I enjoy sharing my appreciation of this fascinating creature with others. Arlen Svare

You may write to me at Arlen@ArlenSvare.com or 
you may use my online form via your browser if you 
click on this link:  http://www.ArlenSvare.com/form2email.html 

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Arlen Svare
1239 Summit Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
Phone: 218-846-3445


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