Andrew Thomas "Tom" Beary
The Cajun Heritage Festival is proud to announce that Andrew Thomas “Tom” Beary is the 2013 Cajun Heritage Festival Honorary Louisiana carver. Tom has been carving unique, one of a kind decoys by hand since 1956. Tom’s artistic inspiration comes from his years spent hunting and fishing in the Louisiana wetlands. The timeless landscape of the Louisiana swamps, his love of wildlife, and his commitment to conservation have contributed to Tom’s passion for carving decoys. Although a majority of his decoys are sold to collectors, Tom designs each one to be functional for hunting purposes. Tom travels the country showing his decoys at antique and decoy shows and he’s been featured in several magazines and books.