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Mini decoy swap
hello everyone,

After talking with Eric and getting permission I would like to inform y'all and get any opinions on having a mini decoy swap.

This is the rules and directions I had for it to make it as simple as possible and still be fun and enjoyable. Hopefully with announcing this far in advance will give everyone time to get something started.

Decoy mini swap

Dates: November 4th - December 9th
Ship by December 15

The rules:
1. must be carved out of normal decoy material (wood, cork, foam, wire/canvas, etc....)
2. Bird can be in a swimming or standing pose and can be in a regional style (crab pot buoy, Currituck style, bobtail, etc...)
3. Must be no longer than 4" in any direction (excluding bases/mounts)
4. Can be any waterfowl or shorebird
5. Can only post completed birds that you carved unless posting for someone who is not computer savvy


How it works:
1. Anyone can post as many birds as they want once the swap starts until the end date.
2. Once you post a completed bird that earns you a "swap ticket"
3. At the time of the deadline I will take all the names and put them in a hat and draw names and specific bird posted in pairs
4. I will post the listings on the thread and those people send their birds to each other
5. So if you enter multiple birds you will swap with multiple people


This a fun way to get us motivated to carve something different and to gift and receive birds from friends across the country.

Everyone is welcomed to join no matter what skill level you are (believe me the first few I did were terrible) so no judgement

Try to ship them by the 15th so the people receive them by Christmas.




Benjamin Pendleton
Northeast N.C.
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Now you have me figuring out how to make a tiny canvas over wire decoy.

Tim
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TimJ: Jul 30, 2018, 10:59 AM
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It can be done. Using a white t-shirt does well as the canvas
These are just examples

canvas swan


canvas Atlantic brant




my first ones I carved that were terrible



a more recent wood duck





Benjamin Pendleton
Northeast N.C.
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Ben~


Interesting idea.


I am wondering about the 4-inch size limit. Is that a standard nowadays in competitions ?


I have made several 6-inch birds for kids (and for business card holders) - but not sure I could work down to 4 inches. I'm a knife guy - not a power carver.


All the best,


SJS

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


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Steve,
I believe that 4" is a standard competition size or maybe smaller for the cocktail birds.
The reason I chose that size is because it was the size set from previous mini swaps that I was apart of in the past, it was good in that it kept everyone in the same range and wasn't a big variance in sizes being traded.

If everyone would rather a larger size range then we can do that, just know that someone will be carving birds that are 3" long and you may make an "uneven" trade with a 6". Not that it's a problem or really "unequal" but just know that it would be the same size.

And Steve, I carve with a knife, in fact only one right now but I am making two more to hopefully be ready to use soon. I am only 23 though so I have no issues carving something 3-4" with the knife. So I am open to changing it to a larger size of everyone is good with that.




Benjamin Pendleton
Northeast N.C.
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Thanks, Ben~


Please stick with the 4-inch limit - I was just curious.


No promises - my Fall is jam-packed with work - but I may see if these old hands and eyes can work at that scale.


All the best,


SJS





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


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Okay Steve,

Thanks for the input and I hope to see you get one or two out. I'm hoping with the early notice that people will have time to carve something. It is fun to get birds from across the nation from friends that you might not have any other contact with.




Benjamin Pendleton
Northeast N.C.
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This forum has created another side of waterfowling for me. I might get in this carving now and maybe someone will get serial #1!! I am a mold maker and stamper so the carving tools will be a breeze to make at least.

looking forward to seeing everyone's creations.
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I'm in.
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I'm in for at least one.
Tony Banks
Prince George, VA
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I am in also.
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Some mini examples, all less than 4".
Tony Banks
Prince George, VA
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Just a few minis I carved or swappped. All are less than 4 ".
Tony Banks
Prince George, VA
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Hey Ben, I'm in for a couple. I do like your idea of drawing out of a hat for who gets the decoys.
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Here are my two decoys for the mini swap!

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steve stratton: Oct 3, 2018, 2:52 PM
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Here are my two decoys for the mini swap.
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Glad to see some birds being made. Hope to get some more wood ducks made up soon




Benjamin Pendleton
Northeast N.C.
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My swap minis.

Tony Banks
Prince George, VA

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Tony Banks: Oct 31, 2018, 4:56 PM
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Here is my entry. A drake mallard, unfortunately I didn't get a wood duck finished.









Benjamin Pendleton
Northeast N.C.
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This will be my submission, might have a second, but definitively in with this guy, he just needs some paint and trim tomorrow night and he can go in the mail!
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I think something went wrong when you posted Stephen. I don't see the bird, looking forward to it though.




Benjamin Pendleton
Northeast N.C.
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I have two of these, so please put me down twice! I am looking forward to getting some other minis!

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Stephen Z: Dec 8, 2018, 10:06 AM
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Here are my two for the swap. I should have clarified earlier but I'm in Canada, hopefully someone is interested in the cross border trade. Thanks for hosting this, had a lot of fun and enjoyed seeing the progress in my two.


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Okay. At some point today I'll write the names of the entrants down on a paper and then draw out of a hat a duck to go to that person until everyone gets a duck that is not theirs.

I didn't think of this before but since I only had one entry it throws the trade off so 1 person will only be sending one of their two birds.
I know for next year to have a extra on hand in case this happens again.




Benjamin Pendleton
Northeast N.C.
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Okay I drew names/ducks and have it set up where you swap ducks.
So the ones on the left list send ducks to the right and vice versa

Bob / mallard ----------------------- Stephen / swan
Bob / canvasback ----------------- Steve / Bufflehead
Steve / redhead ------------------- Tony / Canvasback
Ben / mallard ----------------------- Mark / black duck
Stephen / swan -------------------- Tony / Brant

PM each other for address and try to send them as soon as you can.

Sorry Mark only one of your birds came out the hat since I only had the one bird entry. If you want I can make another and swap with you later or can just swap the single bird.

Thanks everyone for participating and hope to have another great swap next year with more birds hopefully.




Benjamin Pendleton
Northeast N.C.