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Moved on to painting the Fulvous whistlers in that group of decoys waiting on paint. Finished them up yesterday. A few glaze coats and they will be done:






MLBob

"Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic." (Annie Dillard)

....Here's to Joe Wooster, who made me realize that the useful could and should be beautiful; and who firmly believed that decoy carvers were the last free men in America.

https://www.facebook.com/KOOIdecoy?ref=hl

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Round 1 of my diver rig got painted. These are all blue foam, sandwiched foam heads, burlapped and Homer coated. I tried Steve Sanford's paint process and used his color recommendations. Couldn't get the stipple vermiculation to look good so I used a fan brush.





Round 2 are dark cork mallard conversions.


I tried textured vermiculation and like it. Should have a batch ready to go by the end of the month. Below is a before and in-process shot showing the texture vermiculation test.





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Here is a Drake Mallard that I did for a young man that is interested in duck hunting.
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Very nice bird, Andy. I appreciate your effort at imparting animation...

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RLLigman: Jun 6, 2018, 3:31 AM
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Nice Andy!
Pat Gregory
Illinois Waterfowler and Decoy Maker
Duckboat Page Member since 2006

"And when a flock of bluebills, pitching pondward, tears the dark silk of heaven in one long rending nose-dive, you catch your breath at the sound, but there is nothing to see except stars. This same performance, in daytime, would have to be looked at, shot at, missed, and then hurriedly fitted with an alibi."
Aldo Leopold in Sand County Almanac

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Some cans I'm working on...



Pat Gregory
Illinois Waterfowler and Decoy Maker
Duckboat Page Member since 2006

"And when a flock of bluebills, pitching pondward, tears the dark silk of heaven in one long rending nose-dive, you catch your breath at the sound, but there is nothing to see except stars. This same performance, in daytime, would have to be looked at, shot at, missed, and then hurriedly fitted with an alibi."
Aldo Leopold in Sand County Almanac

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Pretty nice Bob. Beautiful as always.

I've distracted myself from the ducks for a few hours and made up a few of these little oyster calls. Very fun and super effective.

Here's what they sound like.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yUlFqwV8m-I



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I found buried in my store room 4 unfinished 5" Al McCormick Blackducks. I made these with Al in the 1987. They are going to a good home.







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Finally back into the swing of things and have my new work area all set up. This is one of four mallards that should be finished this week

All gunning birds.




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Jode,


Saw & listened to those calls on your FB post. They sound great!


MLBob

"Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic." (Annie Dillard)

....Here's to Joe Wooster, who made me realize that the useful could and should be beautiful; and who firmly believed that decoy carvers were the last free men in America.

https://www.facebook.com/KOOIdecoy?ref=hl

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Some of my recent projects completed. First time working with black cork.


The older I get, the better I was.
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They look very good, Lloyd. What did you think about working with black cork?
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The finished whistlers:







A "sea trial" I did Tuesday with some Barrows:








MLBob

"Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic." (Annie Dillard)

....Here's to Joe Wooster, who made me realize that the useful could and should be beautiful; and who firmly believed that decoy carvers were the last free men in America.

https://www.facebook.com/KOOIdecoy?ref=hl

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MLBob Furia: Jun 7, 2018, 5:43 AM
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Thank you. I hated it at first and but was better by the third bird. On bird #3, I used a bandsaw and removed as much material as I could. That really seemed to help.
Black cork is nasty stuff. Wear a mask.
The older I get, the better I was.
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LLoyd~

Gorgeous Broadie-beaks! Great postures on all three - you really nailed the personality of my favorite species.

All the best,

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


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Real good looking hunting decoys. They remind me a lot of my mentor Harold Koehlers decoys; myself and many others hunted broadbill over 2 to 3 dozen of his homemade decoys in Ct and RI between 1975 and 1980 when there were lots of broadbill and real winters! We would put the decoys on individual lines and anchors and use a 2 man front/back layout boat if there wasn't a convenient spot for a ground blind. Your painting is just right; you don't need any more detail! My feeling is I don't want the broadbill to marry my decoys, I just want them to attend the mixer and give me a good 15 yard shot! We always gave birds which swam in or landed a free pass--I see too many "hunters" shoot landing or just landed birds or those just flushed out of the decoys--this will give you a lot of birds, but no sport!
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Love these Bob.

Probably the least common thing Ruddies do! Lol





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Mullica Hill NJ
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Tom Modin wrote:
Finally back into the swing of things and have my new work area all set up. This is one of four mallards that should be finished this week

All gunning birds.


Glad to see you back making Chips Tom!

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I never know which is worse: the sorrow when you hit the bird, or the shame when you miss.
http://www.hillmandecoys.com
Mullica Hill NJ
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Those Riddles are sweet!


Great South Bay
West Sayville, N Y
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Good morning, Jode~

I am pretty sure I've never seen a Ruddy in flight - at least not when their big feet were not still running along the wavetops....

Great birds!

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


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Thanks Jode, still need a lot of time on brush and carving. Keep forgetting stuff I knew prior to my hiatus. Have them all finished and ready to gun.




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Lloyd - I really like the way you did the tails on the Broadbills. Nice robust design.

Joe
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Jode, Nice! Are they going to stay on the stick extensions, or be suspended? Sure wish you had included some body underside pics, too!

Actually, had three decoy-in on Moss Lake a few years ago. My partner shot. I didn't because I have never eaten one. They actually are pretty good! A bird I seldom see up here...
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Those Riddles are sweet!

Thanks Tom!

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I never know which is worse: the sorrow when you hit the bird, or the shame when you miss.
http://www.hillmandecoys.com
Mullica Hill NJ
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Good morning, Jode~

I am pretty sure I've never seen a Ruddy in flight - at least not when their big feet were not still running along the wavetops....

Great birds!

SJS


That's the truth Steve, itcwas a challenge just to find reference ofcthem in flight. Thanks!

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I never know which is worse: the sorrow when you hit the bird, or the shame when you miss.
http://www.hillmandecoys.com
Mullica Hill NJ