Sam Nottleman: Born along the banks of the Mississippi River in Southeastern Minnesota, Sam's appreciation and love of the outdoors began literally at birth.
Fascinated by the annual migrations of waterfowl and songbirds along the Mississippi corridor, Sam
love of the birds through his
skills as an artist.
From drawing and pottery to wood carving, even as a young man his
art reflected the deep respect he
continues to have today for the beauty and conservation of our natural resources.
Graduating from Winona State University in 1972 with a BA in Art, Sam had already begun a 33 year career as a professional musician.
At first the music and the road served as a distraction, keeping Sam
drawing and carving.
However it was not long before his
passion for the birds again made it's presence known and Sam
began carving as a way to unwind after an exhausting performance on stage.
It was during this period of time Sam's carving skills really developed.
personal observations and an extensive collection of mounted birds as a reference, his
carvings became ever more detailed and unique.
Now known throughout the country for his
anatomically correct positions and lifelike details, today he
continues to push the carving envelope with new lifelike sculptures in fascinating poses.
Sam joined Loon Lake Decoy Company as Master Carver and business partner in the spring of 1992.
Retiring from the music industry in 1996, carving is now both his
passion and profession.
studio on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River he
carves fulltime and promises "even more unique and interesting sculptures to come".
Check back often to see his