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What's on your Work Bench ? MARCH 2018
Good morning, All~

A batch of Bean's Coastal Divers will be heading back to Western NY later today.

Although in original paint, the dried-out cork bodies had suffered some severe cratering.



I'm not sure whether insects or rodents played a role - but I believe most damage is just the wet-dry cycle. Maybe ice, too?



So, gaps and cracks and craters got filled with epoxy + fairing compound + cork dust. To avoid adding too much weight from just pure filler on this Drake Whistler, I put a few small pieces of cork in beneath the filler.



Then, everything got faired off...



Then a soaking coat of spar varnish to seal the cork thoroughly.



Next came a priming coat of flat oils - from Rustoleum Flat White, Flat Black and Flat Brown. The bottoms (and a few other areas) got a Flat Grey Primer.



Topcoat is Behr latex - as usual.



Among the Broadie-Beaks, one Drake became a Hen - at the owner's request.



More to come...a bunch of McCormicks and a re-furbished Wildfowler Black Duck.

All the best,

SJS







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


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All~

Here are the Al McCormicks - ready to be picked up by a "courier" in Hauppauge on Saturday. They are headed to North Carolina.



They are his later "Humpback" design - made from 5-inch cork - not 4-inch as his Standards were for many years.



The glass eyes are "non-standard" in McCormick decoys. On this Drake, I had not yet over-painted the chest with a Dark Red....



All the best,

SJS



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


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All~

Here is the old - 1939? - Wildfowler Black Duck I refurbished.

Here is how I got it last Fall at the SSWA Duckboat Show at Cedar Beach - a life of hard use:



The sweet lines of the head caught my attention....the head was loose.



I was told it was a "development" bird - as Ted Mulliken was fleshing out the different lines. It looks a bit like these Utility models....but note the anchor line holes bored cross-wise through the keels on the Shelldrake.



...but it has the brass screw eye that makes up with a nut beneath the plug in the back of the head - indicative of the Superior Model.



Here is the refurbished bird. Not "like new" - but not neglected either.



I do not try to copy the original paint. And - although out of vogue - I still like paste wax on my shelf birds.



This bird will be for my use and appreciation. So, instead of a scratch paint job on the face, I used a brush - and not an air brush.



All the best,

SJS


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


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Nothing so elegant as what you're making Steve, and not even Duck related.

But, the wife wanted some chickens, so we bought some baby chicks. Right now they're in a brooder box but they will be needing a coop.

After looking at the cost, and relatively flimsy construction of pre-fabbed kits, I decided I could do a better one on my own for a lot less.

Right Now, the goal is to make as much as I can out of Pallets. Features the wife insisted on: Externally accessible nesting box and removable poop drawer. I want a roof that I can remove at least part of. Also, I plan on putting wheels on it so I can

The goal is to make it all from pallets, except for the hardware cloth and a few pieces of the roof and some hinges. Last night I scavenged a couple pallets and tonight I'll look for a few more.

Already have the bottom frame and poopdrawer set out to put together.
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Finished up some redheads, foam bodies burlap wrapped, with two part foam heads. Keels are composite decking board.
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Bob~

Gorgeous birds!

How many altogether? Any of the female persuasion?

All the best,

SJS

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


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One last bird before I drive down to Hauppauge for the LI Decoy Collectors Annual Show on Saturday.

An old friend asked me to "re-imagine" this old Canada - as a gift for his daughter. It'll spend its days on a hearth - and not hard at work.



It is laminated natural cork (salvaged life preserver cork) pinned together with scores of dowels - both round and square. These dowels made reshaping the body challenging because they were very hard compared with the very old, brittle cork.



All the best,

SJS




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


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Another beautiful job Steve, I spoke to your old friend a few times this week and he’s really looking forward to this year’s show, see you Saturday.


Great South Bay
West Sayville, N Y
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SJS
I like the paint on the hump back hen
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patrick mccarthy wrote:
SJS
I like the paint on the hump back hen


She is known as the "Bellringer" amongst friends.....
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Steve
Made a few hen redheads but no photos and there in my Texas rig and I'm in Kansas at this time. Finally got around to making some mallards, two donated to DU and one to a friend. So finishing up 4 more. Next project are some hoodie mergansers.

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I don't usually do critiques--The shape and majority of the color is pretty good--You might want to address the head color, though.
Try a mixture of black-either mars or carbon, and thalo green, more green than black. When tacky, you can stipple cadmium yellow into the cheek area to highlight.
Leave those as is, but try that next time.
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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All~

A friend began this Broadbill last month. This morning I helped him put some paint on. It's his first decoy - and he went home with a sawn-out Whistler.



It is hollow Pine - and headed for a life on the shelf. So, some details were painted in.



I'm a stippler - not a comber. So, I pushed my Young Carver toward the brush technique.



I could not persuade him to use pinpoint pupils - my preference on drake divers.




All the best,

SJS



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


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More hen repaints from my puddler rig that I have been putting off for awhile...

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RLLigman: Mar 12, 2018, 12:25 PM
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Good morning, RL~

Sweet birds! Are the E Allens?

Here is a batch of Bean's Coastals - headed back to central NYS. I just need to re-attach the keel weights later this morning.



In addition to my usual sealing with Spar Varnish and priming with a flat oil paint, I also recarve the bills - to get the face-to-bill transition in the right spot.



All the best,

SJS



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


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Always amazes me how you can turn a bean decoy into a much more beautiful bird than what they originally were. Nice work.
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Yes, the bodies are e. Allens, textured with wood flour over a Rust-Oleum coat, while the heads are basswood (Heinecke mill), which made the high heads a "bugger" to balance. There are hardwood dowels inserted in the tail and primary tips.

For what it is worth, the bill/cheek line on the original Soule decoys doesn't just bother you...! I can never let you get near my first rig of scaup! In my defense, the heads were all hand carved.

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RLLigman: Mar 13, 2018, 4:57 AM
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The March Work Bench is progressing very well. Old Man winter continues to keep many of us indoors, doing what we were meant to DO.

I recently finished this watercolor sketch, of a Swan Decoy I will attempt to build as a slat decoy. I cut the slats years ago, and now have the proper size White Pine .

Could be a late July project, all depends on how good the fly fishing is...















"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Vince~

That is one sweet design - congratulations!

And, please find the time to create it in 3D.....

All the best,

SJS

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


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Steve

Thank you.

I like a challenge, and this will be a good one. As I fly by the seat of my pants on my slat/canvas decoys.

I figure the the head, neck and breast, will be at least 4 pieces of sugar pine. This decoy could be in the vice for a long time, cuz I'm never in a hurry.

If I can pull it off and it floats, and STAYS afloat. It may well be the last Swan made for my rig.

Should be very interesting...


Best regards
VP











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Hey paisan. The least you can do is have it finished as a receptacle for your remains! GET BUSY> Work at your pace, but GET THAT SWEETIE TOGETHER! Slat or canvas, or perhaps one of each?Angelicw00t
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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george~

Here are your birds. You can provide the back-story....

Blacks



GWT



All the best,

SJS

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


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Thanks for posting up again, Steve.
The blacks were one of the rigs I took out to ohio for this year.
Annually, a bunch of us get together and do a deke from start to finish-It started with a small group, but now we have enough guys playing in the lobby to do around 8 or so dekes, from grinding to sealing, to paint to keel, usually on Saturday. Last year, we did whistlers, this year was teal, and for those interested in playing next year, the deke for then will be a canvasback.
Frequently, we have entered 6 of the finished stool in the rig contest, just for giggles. Last year, we entered singles, to see which of us survived the longest in the pool. Who knows what next year will bring.
If you would like to do a deke in a day, more or less, feel free to hop in with us. Carving in the little room off the lobby, the rest in the lobby. Kind of gives us something to do that is decoy related.Angelic
Whistle One was roughed in my shop, carved and sealed by Bomber, painted by Willy McDonald, then donated to Wounded Warriors, via Abby Kastl.
Thanks again for posting, Steve.
God Bless
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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Good morning, George~

Here is your latest "in process" work.....

(Sorry for delay in posting a "visible" image. I made the mistake of putting an ampersand in my filename....so, "&" has been replaced with "and")



I'll be sawing out a pair of Whimbrels this morning - but will be giving a talk to the local garden club midday.....

All the best,

SJS

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


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Steve Sanford: Mar 16, 2018, 1:53 AM
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George -

It would have to be a darn big loomer Swan decoy.

You can get torched if ya wanna. I had enough fire, heat & hell working in Steel Mills.

I'm gettin' planted in a plain pine box. Not to soon, God Willing.

Depending on where yer going, no use gettin' burned twice...Wink


The Swan will be slat, already made a canvas/wire Swan for my rig. It's been recovered once already.











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920