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About Chris Linn-Hatcher and her Art


Chris Linn-Hatcher's artistry with handcarved birds is known nationwide. Since 1981, Lakeside Decoys of Helena, Montana has provided some of the finest decoys and bird miniatures to major markets from coast to coast. They are reknowned for their beauty, color, and stunning detail.

Chris is self-taught. Her art, born from her love of nature and wide open spaces, reflects her close observation of birds in their natural setting. She was raised in the Midwest but has lived in Montana for more than 20 years. She began sculpting clay miniature birds and ornaments, which led her to making exquisite wooden decoys. Each bird is carefully carved by hand but her true passion is painting, and it shows in her work. The birds are painted in at least three or four layers allowing for beautiful feather detail. Her Swan is painted in seven layers and takes a month to complete.

She has several lines of carvings, Decoys, Lil' Fat Birds, Little Fat Ducks, and Fat Bird Birdhouses. Each bird is labeled with its species, signed by Chris, and carries the Lakeside Decoys label. She has also returned to her childhood passion, playing in the clay, making stoneware birds, windchimes and exquisite birdbaths and feeders.

Her husband, Jim adds his Stained Glass, and Fused Glass talents with his delightful suncatcher birds.

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Chris will call on every order to let you know if she can ship your bird right away or if she has to carve and paint it first. Birds that need to be carved can take four to six weeks for delivery. Quantities can be limited on some items. We accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover Card. Prices are subject to change due to the cost of materials.


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