A group of seven men gathered at Wayne’s house on August 11, 1987 to celebrate his birthday, and they decided to start a carver’s guild. Between mouthfuls of stewed clams, made by Wayne’s wife, Lana, they settled on the name, the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild. A plan was sketched out to get in touch with all the local carvers and decoy collectors they could think of and meet.
The original founders of the Core Sound Decoy Guild are Wayne Davis, David Lawrence, Gregory Lupton, Curt Salter, Norman Hancock, Carl Huff, and James Gordon Salter. They voted Wayne as President, Gregory, Vice-President, and David, Secretary-Treasurer. Before the first official meeting on September 16, 1987, the group called in two additional local carvers, Roy Willis and Gerald Davis, to create the original nine Board of Directors.
A group of about 30 Carteret County decoy carvers and collectors gathered at that first Guild meeting, meeting in the library of the Harkers Island Elementary School. Plans for monthly meetings and a decoy show were outlined. All immediately joined the newly formed Guild.
With decoy shows filling nearly every weekend from August to December throughout North Carolina and surrounding states, the group decided to set the Core Sound Decoy Festival to be held the first full weekend of December. The first festival was held in 1988, and was originally called the Core Sound Waterfowl Festival, until the name was officially changed to the Core Sound Decoy Festival two years later.