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909 South Schumaker Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804
410.742.4988

Museum Hours

Mon - Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Jett Brunet 

Jett Brunet was born in 1964. He is the son of Tan Brunet, world champion carver, and the older brother to Jude Brunet (1969.) He grew up watching his father carve and by the time he was seven years old he knew that was what he wanted to do. He watched his father use only the basic of carving tools and find out ingenious ways to create every hair in a birds feather. He learned that he could solve any technical problem on his own and that formal teaching, while helpful, was not necessary. He was also inspired by the many Brunet family trips to the Easton Waterfowl Festival and the Ward Foundation World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition.

Following in his father’s footsteps he started carving at the age of nine and in that same year he started entering competitions. His father stopped competing when Jett entered the professional categories of competition. At the age of 21 Jett won his first World Championship Decorative Decoy Pairs competition. After a couple of years he also started carving birds of prey.

In 1990, the Easton Waterfowl Festival commissioned him to make a bird carving that could be the featured work at the festival. He was advised by art collector Sandy Garfinkle that a Bald Eagle would be the best and to this day it is one of the most impressive pieces in his collection.

Jett now focuses on carving more interpretative and more in-line with the traditional sculpture. He often leaves the birds unpainted to put more emphasis on form and structure. Over a period of about five years, Jett won over 35 Best of Show awards.