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Dave, 6lbs 11 oz. on land, prior immersion...hopefully you are not spearing very deep...
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RLLigman wrote:
Dave, 6lbs 11 oz. on land, prior immersion...hopefully you are not spearing very deep...


Well, all I can say is from my research it seems the average weight advertised is around 5 to 6 lbs. I just looked at a spear which claims

"This is for the SERIOUS ice fisherman Fishermen that dont want to miss that Trophy Northern Pike when she sneaks into the hole! This is a LETHAL straight traveling waterdynamic ice fishing spear! Weight is 5 pds.

I claim it to be second to NONE! If you like spearing in deep water like some novice guys do on Winnie Winnibigosh or Lake of the Woods or you might have your favorite hotspot, than this is for you. "

and the price tag on this one is $215.00 Now I do realize this fella is trying to sell spears. However, even on a spearing forum, several fellas chimed in and listed weights from 4.5 lbs to 6.5 lbs as their preferred weights.

I hope to have the opportunity to see just how effective 6 lbs 11 ounces can be. Smile

Take care, Huntindave McCann Smile SHELL ROCK IA “As sailors grow older, the wiser ones move to smaller boats.” —Thomas Firth Jones, Multihull Voyaging
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Some soon to be Mallards in progress, cut the heads down a bit and giving them different positions.
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Wrapping up this cedar strip mini canoe book shelf & floor lamp. Just need to customize the lamp shade now. Plan to raffle this off to help send my son to the Trout Unlimited National Youth Leadership in Montana.

Sorry I could not spin these. If some one knows computers better please feel free to.


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MLBob -

Thank you.

You, as well as others set the bar pretty high. I just do what I do.


Best regards
VP











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Charles Olson wrote:
Some soon to be Mallards in progress, cut the heads down a bit and giving them different positions.


Never thought about doing that. Thanks for the idea.

Take care, Huntindave McCann Smile SHELL ROCK IA “As sailors grow older, the wiser ones move to smaller boats.” —Thomas Firth Jones, Multihull Voyaging
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Well, I added another spearing decoy to the arsenal. This one is carved as a nine inch Sucker minnow pattern. I was attempting a new to me painting technique. Even tho the paint turned out different than what I had envisioned, I'm going with it.

Getting this one to "swim" correctly required some additional weighting near the tail. Been doing my testing in a ice chest, wish I had a bigger, deeper tank available.




Take care, Huntindave McCann Smile SHELL ROCK IA “As sailors grow older, the wiser ones move to smaller boats.” —Thomas Firth Jones, Multihull Voyaging
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Dave et al~


I'm thinking a big hungry Northern might be interested in this little Teal, too - from the Bench of George Williams:






All the best,


SJS

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


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Been very slack the past month, if you follow me on Instagram you will probably notice, mostly been cleaning and reorganizing the shop after letting it get ransacked by trying to finish stuff in a hurry for the craft show and Christmas.

Think I will return to that turkey decoy I started last year and hope it gets finished before April along with finishing up a swan I started a couple months ago.

Have done a couple mini planes which are made out of tongue depressors (large popsicle sticks)
They are both around 4" long. The SR-71 I want to do some fine detailing to at some point
The F-14 tomcat went to my crew lead at work which is a retired navy fella that worked on that bird. It also has a plexiglass canopy












Benjamin Pendleton
Northeast N.C.
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Happy New Year!

Here's my first decoy of the year before it got a coat of spar last night. It will be getting a keel but I'm going to try a few without bottom boards for a light weight walk in rig.


NDR and on the stove rather than the work bench, but put the last coat of peroxide/brightener on this year's bigger buck. The barn board under the decoy was picked up from a barn across the road from where I deer hunt, plan to make a plaque for this rack and a couple others that have just been sitting on shelves.



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Mark, out of curiousity, have you thought about hollowing the cork and putting on the bottom board, which should protect the fragile edges. This way, you can avoid a keel and instead use the leather strap or just a screw eye for attaching your line.
A thought, anyway. If you do hollow, you can always use the crumbles with spar to make a slurry for sealing the surface.Smile
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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george w wrote:
Mark, out of curiousity, have you thought about hollowing the cork and putting on the bottom board, which should protect the fragile edges. This way, you can avoid a keel and instead use the leather strap or just a screw eye for attaching your line.
A thought, anyway. If you do hollow, you can always use the crumbles with spar to make a slurry for sealing the surface.Smile


I had considered hollowing the cork and using a bottom board, and if this doesn't work out I will probably give it a shot. I've read a few posts on here and on the Refuge Forum from carvers who have hunted black cork decoys without bottom boards without problems so thought I would try. Or I could use thinner bottom boards, my last pair used 1x pine.
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A couple 1/2 body Scaup just finished up.


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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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Mark, you could probably go with 1/2" pine, or even marine ply.
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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cool Jode
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cool Jode


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
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More "greenhead mallets" in January.





Having fun thinking through these deadmount carvings.
"Antiqued" this salvage house panel to hang it on, using latex paint & dark wax. Found a nice old wood-block rope pulley, and copper milk scale to add.
....and like Jeff Lebowski might say, I decided that the color in the '62 Indiana license plate "tied the whole thing together."





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: Jan 10, 2019, 9:00 PM
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MLBob Furia wrote:
More "greenhead mallets" in January.



Don't give up your day job. Wink

Take care, Huntindave McCann Smile SHELL ROCK IA “As sailors grow older, the wiser ones move to smaller boats.” —Thomas Firth Jones, Multihull Voyaging
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Huntindave McCann wrote:
Don't give up your day job. Wink


.....But I did that 10 years ago in order to pursue the "lucrative" field of decoy making CoolCool


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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That didn't take much time! Nice touch via the lanyard fabrication...
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Excellent, Bob!


(although I'm wondering if the "Safety Pays" on the plate may be lost on this particular Mallet....)


Here's another cork Black Duck From the Bench of George Williams.....






All the best,


SJS

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


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Looks as tough 2019 is off to a good start. Kudos to all contributors.



Small watercolor sketch on cardboard, of a "Range Rooster", for a friend in eastern Ohio.


















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


Great design! I love those bold white horns and necklace on that cockbird.


All the best,


SJS

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


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Thanks Steve

It never ceases to amaze me, how such a brightly colored bird can hide so well in minimal cover. As a young pheasant hunter my uncle taught me." Look for their eye".


Best regards
VP











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

Your current deadmount carvings remind me of the work of Alexander Pope Jr., 1849-1924. His Trompe l'oeil paintings, as well as his carvings.

That is some mighty heady company indeed.

As for "lucrative". I very much doubt that he ever saw the prices his work bring on today's market.

Looks as though the "ill trained Lab" has dragged you out into the 4 lane Interstate highway. AYY?! Smile


I was unaware of that kind of art, until I went to the Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, as a youngster. There I saw After The Hunt, 1884, a large oil painting by William Michael Harnett, 1848-1892. I was amazed, and stood and stared at the work for a long time. Each and every time I go back I still have the same reaction.


Best regards
VP











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