- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CORTEZ, Fla. (AP) - After artfully carving and painting thousands of realistic wooden birds of all kinds, including decoys and bobbers, 94-year-old Bob Lee has decided enough is enough.

The Bradenton Herald (https://bit.ly/1Xd9IPG) reports that Lee has bowed to age, health concerns and a lack of space. This week, he sold the bulk of his collection, about 2,300 wooden birds, to a local antiques dealer.

His focus was on shore birds, songbirds and field birds, and he made them in all sizes. Over the years, his best seller has been the cardinal.

He and his wife were fixtures at area art shows. The Lees will keep a small showroom of birds.

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Information from: The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald , https://www.bradenton.com

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