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Old 05-19-2007, 07:58 AM
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Default Decoy Carving

Who does it? Do you carve working or display? What primary wood/cork do you use? Solid wood or the Jersey style? Always interested me. Went to my first decoy show last year at Whitestone, VA, pretty nice pieces floating around. Picked up a Jobes decoy while I was there.

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Old 05-20-2007, 11:58 AM
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WOODIE13

I carve folk art ducks mostly from basswood and cedar but there are a few good decoy carvers in this forum.

The Mighty Layout Boys have a nice site for decoy's with lots of pictures of live ducks, information on carving and patterns in the "MLB Resources" section.

http://www.mightylayoutboys.com/domi...e+map?ReadForm

This next site (Decoy Carving Forum) is a great place to get tips from some of the best, they carve working and display decoys.

http://decoycarvingforum.com/6/ubb.x

Here is a site set up by Michael White (from the forum above) with lots of pictures from the Ward World Championships last month, many of the decoys in this competition were carved by members of the decoy carving forum.

http://www.popnbug.com/Ward2007/Ward2007.htm

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I started out carving decoys, now I'm all over the place. If I'm going to paint it I use basswood. i get those cedar posts the state uses for some of their highway signs to make working decoys. But I love to carve natural finish decoys and use Butternut and Walnut. Walnut being my favorite. I just love the looks of that wood. Good luck.
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Appreciate the replies. Always looking for a few more sources for info.
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Here a recent pic of my ringneck hens.The finished one on the right is my second decoy and the one that is just basecoated is my third. Been going it alone just from books so the process is a little slow,but recently been in contact with a couple other carvers that have offered some help so looking forward to that!

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Got to love the ring necks. Nice blocks
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When I started carving it was only waterfowl mostly decoratives for competition but once in awhile I'd do a gunner with a decorative paint job. Over the years I've gone on to other things and finally settled on birds of prey. Once in awhile I still get the itch to do decoy.





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I would like to carve a basic, unpainted duck decoy (mallard or other straight-forward specie) of natural size.

Who/where is the best supplier to get an inexpensive rough out for this this little adventure?

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RussL,

Little Mountain has a good price on their Blanks but they are not full depth, they stop at the water line and you may have to add a board on the bottom. The glue line, filler around the eyes and grain change from body to head will show if you are looking for a natural finish.
I know there are some cutouts that are all one piece but I don't know if they make them full size.

I'm not sure how the cutouts are from slims woodshed but their price is good.


http://www.littlemountaincarving.com...og/page15.html
http://www.slimswoodshed.com/carving...dsandducks.htm

Good luck on the project

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Thanks, Bill.

I picked up just what I wanted at Slims Woodshed, and a price that won't kill me if it all ends up going into that big ol' kindling pile I seem to be generating!

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