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Hey, Captain Sandy, it's about time you started getting your shop dirty again! Nice blocks!
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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Patrick, looks like you are getting some good advice and looks like you're coming along nicely with your duck head. If this was mentioned before then forgive me for being redundant, but I didn't see this posted. If you can't save or don't have a frozen specimen, google images and pinterest and any other site that has lots of pictures to look at will be your cheap and easy new best friend. You can find pretty much every angle you would ever want on any pose you would ever want on pretty much everything you might want to carve. I can tell you that it is so much easier for me to carve something with pictures, or even better a 3D version....dead specimen, another carving, statue, etc...to reference. You might check to see if there is a carver whose work you like nearby that wouldn't mind mentoring you, or see if there is a carving club where you live...one really cool thing about carving clubs is that generally the areas of interest...bird carving, carving walking sticks, chip carving and lots of other carvings...are wide and so you can be introduced to lots of different methods and tools of carving that you can use to learn how you like to carve the most. But if you want to go it alone, no problems with that just remember that the internet is your friend and you can use it for reference material. Good luck and post up more of your progress.

Dani
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Well I went back to my carving class tonight for the first time since early December. I did some work on a frog that I rediscovered a few months back. This little feller was a project I started back when I lived in Jacksonville for the carving clubs' yearly frog contest. I'd say this feller is at least 6 years old. I have made some decent progress on him since I rediscovered him and I am pleased so far




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Dani: Feb 12, 2018, 7:35 PM
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Good morning, Dani & Patrick~

Another readily-available 3D reference source nowadays is a modern plastic decoy. So many are manufactured from masters that are carved by World-class carvers. Such decoys provide lots of useful (and accurate) visual info.

All the best,

SJS

Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Excellent point, Steve!
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That's true Steve. I hadn't thought about that, but makes sense. The folk at my carving club uses plastic kids toys of animals as references too...the kind you can often find at hobby stores.
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Dani/SJS/MLBob/RL/George
More good advice thank you.
Tried my hand at making a body.
Didn't want to waste the cedar or sugar pine that I have, so I borrowed my lovely wife's cork yoga block.
Thanks Pat













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Patrick that's a pretty nice looking gunner! Wink
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Thanks John
Niemic building supply on grant street in buffalo has some sugar pine 2.5"x12"x8' board is what I picked up.
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Hey, before you paint tht stool, PRIME, either with GAC700, Jansen's cork sealer, or another
. If you do not do this, problems will occur, like the deke will begin absorbing water. Cork-at least all of the newer tan variety-contains small voids, which tend to wick water
. The result is a very heavy decoy, since the water has filled the voids. REMEMBER!!! SEAL BEFORE PAINTING!Mad
If the bird will never see water, no worries.Wink
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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Great looking decoy Patrick!
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george w wrote:
Hey, before you paint tht stool, PRIME, either with GAC700, Jansen's cork sealer, or another
. If you do not do this, problems will occur, like the deke will begin absorbing water. Cork-at least all of the newer tan variety-contains small voids, which tend to wick water
. The result is a very heavy decoy, since the water has filled the voids. REMEMBER!!! SEAL BEFORE PAINTING!Mad
If the bird will never see water, no worries.Wink

George
What paint can you use over the sealer? Oil or latex?
Thanks
Pat
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A plein air watercolor paint box, and easel (inside and outside of lid). Made from a wooden wine box ,my buddy Ken gave me years ago. I finally put it to good use.












"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Pintail pair watercolor, 9 1/2" H x 11" W. Will migrate to eastern Ohio, to thank a old friend for some very good dry flies.















"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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patrick, your doing good, keep chippin away.

I have a feeling you might have a time getting that bird to float well though. You got a lot of weight up top, especially towards the tail and much less material at water level. Gonna take a heck of a keel.

I'd start using some proven and established patterns and as your skill grows start adjusting those patterns into your own style. Goal is to get a nice simple gunning bird figured out first.
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Sweet looking Pintails , Vince Cool
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Thank you John. I enjoyed drawing and painting them. Smiles are good.











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Matt DeFore wrote:
patrick, your doing good, keep chippin away.

I have a feeling you might have a time getting that bird to float well though. You got a lot of weight up top, especially towards the tail and much less material at water level. Gonna take a heck of a keel.

I'd start using some proven and established patterns and as your skill grows start adjusting those patterns into your own style. Goal is to get a nice simple gunning bird figured out first.

Matt
Hopefully I can get it to float, I didn't give that enough thought.
Otherwise I may have an ornament for the top of the mailbox.
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Pair of gadwalls I just finished up

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Very nice, Colin!
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First time attempting to carve a Mallard. Been out of the loop a while and getting back in to my passion. I'll have to smooth out the wings as the lack of texture from my Bondo slicked things out a bit. Got a little too aggressive when cutting in the shoulders. Bondo is my friend as I seemed to used a lot of it on this one, lol. I was going to A.S. the primaries and tail but had left over Bondo and said, why not. If it looks ok, it'll be a donation bird.
Critiques are very welcome and appreciated. Thanks guys.







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Colin - mighty fine Gray Duck decoys.











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Gonna look great with paint on that bird Lloyd !
Colin , really like the paint on your decoys , nice!
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Painting time ,
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Colin/ lloyd/john
Beautiful craftsmanship