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Beloved Folk Artist Magdalena Briner Eby Honored February 14 , 2022

Perry County, PA— Rug hookers everywhere recognize the name Magdalena Briner Eby and love her primitive style rugs. Born in 1832, she lived he


Mark Allison Named New Editor of Wildfowl Carving Magazine January 10 , 2022

Northbrook, IL—Ampry Publishing, LLC – Wildfowl Carving Magazine announced its new editor, Mark Allison, in January 2022.  In


Rug Hooking Magazine Publishes New Book with Donna Hrkman January 01 , 2022

Northbrook, IL—Ampry Publishing, LLC – Rug Hooking magazine is pleased to announce the release of its latest high-quality book on rug h


Rug Hooking and Wildfowl Carving Magazine Now Available on Amazon Kindle

Northbrook, IL — Ampry Publishing introduced a new digital format for Rug Hooking and Wildfowl Carving Magazine by making the magazines available to readers through the Amazon Kindle Store. Every new issue can now be found in this accessible and convenient format, which benefits readers who need a portable version for their on-the-go rug hooking demands as well as those overseas who dislike having to ship print copies. Additionally, the Kindle Store format allows the magazines to offer a 30-day free trial to interested rug hookers and wildfowl carvers who want to investigate the magazines’ content before deciding to purchase a year’s subscription.

The addition of Rug Hooking and Wildfowl Carving Magazine to Amazon Kindle brings the magazines’ high-quality content to a wider audience. Fans of both publications have long come to appreciate each issue’s collection of helpful tips, original designs, and fascinating stories of connections formed by bonding over a beloved craft. Rug hookers can access exclusive patterns like Good Morning! by Joan Moshimer, while carvers can follow step-by-step tutorials of both the carving and painting stages for birds like the rose-breasted grosbeak.

Rug Hooking magazine can be found in the Amazon Kindle store here. A digital subscription provides a year’s worth of content—five issues total—for $34.95.

Wildfowl Carving Magazine can be found in the Amazon Kindle store here at this link. A digital subscription provides a year’s worth of content—four issues total—for $37.95.

Current print subscribers will not automatically be signed up for the Kindle store, so those who want to take advantage of this opportunity will also need to subscribe separately to access a digital version.

About Rug Hooking Magazine

Rug Hooking magazine provides high-quality information, how-to instruction and innovative patterns for a thriving fiber arts community. Published five times per year, the magazine can be accessed through a subscription or purchased in some book and craft stores.

About Wildfowl Carving Magazine

Wildfowl Carving Magazine is the only magazine for bird carvers. Readers turn to us for start-to-finish projects, fascinating profiles, and helpful patterns. Our informative articles cover a variety of topics, from how to design an effective carving to how to ship your work safely.

Wildfowl Carving Magazine’s Summer 2017 Issue Comes With a Message

NEW CUMBERLAND, PA—Daniel Montano is a wildfowl carver with something to say about his art form. Montano, whose amazingly life-like ruddy duck appears on the cover of Wildfowl Carving Magazine’s Summer 2017 issue, is worried about the future. He expressed those concerns in a piece he brought to the prestigious Ward World Championship, held each April in Ocean City, Maryland. For the 2017 show, Montano created a prehistoric version of a ruddy duck, one that was seemingly coming apart in mid-air. He named the piece Flying into Extinction and used it as platform for his concern about the declining number of wildfowl carvers. “Whatever the reason may be, something must be done,” Montano wrote in a placard that accompanied the sculpture. “Our children, grandchildren and youth in general must be given the opportunity, influence and encouragement to keep our art form alive.”

It’s a message that Wildfowl Carving Magazine’s editor, Tom Huntington, agrees with. “We all need to do what we can to encourage new people to try wildfowl carving,” Huntington wrote in his editorial for the Summer 2017 issue. “These newbies can be young or old — in school or in retirement. They can take it up as a hobby or a way of life. The important thing is to get new people to enter the field and inject new blood into wildfowl carving.

“I don’t think we can quibble about the quality of the carvings being done these days,” Huntington added. “The art form has truly blossomed over the decades.” That is obvious to anyone who reads the magazine’s Summer issue. Not only does it include Montano’s instructions on how to carve and texture a realistic ruddy duck, it also explains how to paint a gyrfalcon and a Ross’s goose, and how to carve a magpie and a scrub jay. Jerry Poindexter’s regular “Painting Notes” department addresses the color schemes of the black-chinned hummingbird. Carvers all over the world will find the summer edition informative and inspirational.

People who carve birds do it with a passion. As Huntington told his readers, “Getting new people started is the hardest part. As many of you know, once you begin carving it can be hard to stop.”

Wildfowl Carving Magazine began publishing with its Spring 1985 issue, when it was still known as Wildfowl Carving & Collecting Magazine. In the more than three decades since then, it has become the only magazine for bird carving and has published a wealth of informative articles about all aspects of the art form. The magazine is published quarterly by Ampry Publishing, LLC, of Northbrook, Illinois, with editorial offices in central Pennsylvania. Its website is

For more information, contact magazine editor Tom Huntington.

Ampry Publishing Acquires Stackpole Magazines

Northbrook, IL – Today, Ampry Publishing completed the acquisition of Stackpole Magazines. Stackpole was established in 1930. Ampry Publishing now owns two print magazines, related book clubs, and an annual event. The magazines are Rug Hooking Magazine and Wildfowl Carving Magazine. Stackpole was acquired by Ampry Publishing, LLC, which will operate as a sister company to Prime Publishing, LLC.

Joining us from Stackpole will be select staff, who will continue to work in Pennsylvania. Debra Smith will continue as Editor of Rug Hooking Magazine, and Tom Huntington will continue as Editor of Wildfowl Carving Magazine. Debra and Tom will continue to create great content, while marketing and advertising sales will be handled out of our offices In Northbrook.

Over the next few months, we will create a free content website for each magazine, along with an associated email newsletter. In 2017, we plan to introduce best-in-class tablet editions for both publications.