Mike "Goat" McCune

Mike "Goat" McCune is a self-taught wood carver whose love of wildfowl and woodworking can be seen in his beautifully detailed duck and bird carvings. He graduated from State University of Oswego in New York with a Bachelor's degree in biology and a minor in chemistry and art.

While living in Oswego, he became part of a crew that trained for the Olympic trials in sailing for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. It was also while living in Oswego that be began carving, developing a style that attracted a group of collectors, including a small but regular international following.

In early 2000 in he moved to Norfolk, VA where he taught wood carving for five years. During this time he earned many First Place ribbons at the Virginia Beach Mid-Atlantic carving championships. He further used his skills in repairing reproductions, furniture building, cabinetmaking and cabinet and furniture repair.

Moving to Annapolis, MD in 2004, "Goat" began working at a boatyard building cabinetry for interiors of sport fishing boats and doing high-end restorations and repairs on many of the area's most expensive custom yachts, all while continuing to carve and sell many of his works.

In 2011, his love for New England brought him to Maine. While continuing to carve decorative decoys, "Goat" teaches adult education duck carving classes at the area high school.

He has entered carving competitions in Belfast and Augusta, ME, receiving Best in Show in 2011 and three First Place ribbons in 2011 and 2012 at the Belfast competition, and Best in Species, Class and Category in the 2012 Augusta competition.