Otis Lael hailed from Pine River, Minnesota and carved very whimsical decoys. From what I hear told – Otis would carve from whatever he could find around his workshop. He signs most of his with LAEL on the bottom. Ever since I got interested in Fish Decoys – I heard about Otis and his unique personality with his decoys. Otis pass away in late 2005 and he will be sorely missed in the decoy circuit. Otis was a retired Air Force member who took up decoy carving after he retired.
I have several of his frogs. His other decoys are climbing quickly in demand on eBay.
Otis was awarded the Living Legend Award in t 2003.
He also made carvings, ducks, birds, pull toys, santas, and many other imaginative critters.
In my opinion “a true Folk Artist”
Photos & information courtesy of John Cook formerly
of Remer, MN – Now living in Missour