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Thanks Jode -

I'm thinkin' your Turkey calls sound as good as they look.

Serious trouble for some long beards.


Your saying the poplar is spalted that dark color?


Best regards
Vince











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Vince Pagliaroli wrote:
Thanks Jode -

I'm thinkin' your Turkey calls sound as good as they look.

Serious trouble for some long beards.


Your saying the poplar is spalted that dark color?


Best regards
Vince


They sound pretty good Vince thanks. The poplar is not spalted , it is some type of mineral staining that occurs in nature. It turns it black, red ,and brown,And purple. It?s very rare and hard to come by but it?s super cool. It has no additional coloring by me, that is the natural color with the clearcoat

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jode hillman: Feb 10, 2019, 5:49 PM
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Incredible stuff, everyone. As usual!
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It's been slow-going on this third bird in a series of deadmount carvings, but a pintail turned out to be a pretty difficult choice to execute.
I'm guessing I have quite a few painting sessions left, and I've also just started on the refinishing and restoration of the carved panel it will be mounted on. This one will take a lot of wall space Smile

Still looking for interesting items to add to the whole tableau.



MLBob

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MLBob,

Your carving looks cool.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, even if it is, upside down. Angelic

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MLBob,

Your carving looks cool.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, even if it is, upside down. Angelic


I had a dead mount of snows done a few years back. My mom asked why they were "flying down" when she was visiting.

"UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

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Very cool turkey Ben. Canvas decoys have always been intriguing to me, I look forward to seeing it put to use.

Pat's hoodie is fantastic. Saw a post on Facebook aboutnit the other day, really neat looking bird and would love to see it on the water.

Great work all!
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Pair of lessers in base coat
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A Gadwall and a Surf Scoter to share this morning:



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Nice sprig Bob!

Some additional decoys on the bench this month...
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Bill Embacher wrote:
A Gadwall and a Surf Scoter to share this morning:


They look great, what are you using for tailboards?
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Thanks Mark, I'm a wood hoarder (I bet most of us carvers/boat builders areWink) so I use whatever fits the bird from marine ply to pine board to cedar scrap...that being said I believe these are both marine ply scrap. This Black Duck I did last night uses cedar salvaged from an old closet lining!



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 I'm a wood hoarder (I bet most of us carvers/boat builders areWink)[/quote]

Bill -

Ain't that the truth!

Your decoys look very good indeed. Your Black Duck has got me looking at my stash of good dark cork, and wondering... Been awhile since I rasped the stick to everything static stuff.


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Vince











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Thank you Vince, and yes....carving that one made me want to burn through the rest of what I have.....and buy more!

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Building a collared blue phase Ross goose...



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Painting finally finished on pintail deadmount, and now working on the restoration of the panel that it's eventually going to hang on. Looks to be salvaged from an old dresser. Trimmed out the center recess where a mirror once was set, using some beaded strips, and repaired the carved accents. Will do some hand sanding now and probably prime over the whole thing. Parts of it were beautiful, solid birds-eye maple; but, alas, mixed in with too many other veneers and species - thus the need to paint over all of it. Still searching for what to add to the whole tableau.






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.

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You're right, Bob, a hodge-podge of very nice wood. It still holds the eye well though. I wonder what it would look like with everything stained in a light cherry finish ? The odd geometry of the recessed mirror's outline is likely why this parted company with the dresser it was attached to.

Bob, you can take solace in the reality you don't have to shovel rain!
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Rick,

We have had a break from the rains the past few days. I even got on the River for the final day of the KY goose season yesterday, and believe me it was up and rollin'. Got way back up in a slough where normally it would be all mudflats, and had to tie off to trees near the shoreline that still must have been in 10 feet of water Unsure

Thought about the possibility of stain, but decided that the end product would be far too "busy" and probably detract from the pinnie being the centerpiece. Matter of fact I've already sprayed 2 coats of primer on the panel, and will make a decision about what color will look best somewhere down the line.

I'll consider using a dark paste wax to antique the color, and there are some "rattle can" finishes that integrate a texture that could be interesting with the right color.

"Odd geometry" is stating it mildly when it came to the recess for the mirror. I had to bring in the wife ( ....a former honors calculus & geometry teacher) to try and help me figure out what angles the chop saw needed to be set at in order to make all the mitered "corners" for the trim fit correctly. Even she was perplexed, but we finally worked it out.






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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Well, the global warming model predicts both more marked and more frequent weather extremes in oscillation; one of many salient points of factual information lost on the Golf Course Developer in Chief... Look at it this way, at least you are still hunting!

The UP 200 Sled Dog competition was shortened to finish east of Munising in Wetmore last night, due to 'extremely difficult trail conditions'. Too much snow, and three feet of soft low water content snowfall in the interval immediately prior the race start equated to a soft, sharp-snow trail that the groomer and subsequent snowmachine "packers" couldn't stabilize well enough to not make it a "death march" for the mushers and dogs, despite good low night time temperatures that are easier on the dogs. Be glad that this snowpack will flow out via the St. Lawrence when it melts !!
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Not fair guys, I can't hammer a nail. You guys make my day every time. The gifted hands you all have to mold nothing into something. Only God himself could give you that still. Thanks for all your wonderful work.
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A pair of lesser scaup that are curing. Might get to varnish them next week and ready them to be gunned over.





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Very nice! I have been using 1x on the tailboards and think I'd like to try to go a little smaller on future birds, thanks for the info.

I've made lots of progress on a few things but not very close to finishing anything. We'll see what the last couple of weeks brings.

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Finishing up my second cork Black Duck. Hoping to get back to the canvas real soon
Cheers,

Mike
Chairman - Barnegat Bay Chapter of Delta Waterfowl

Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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mike braden: Feb 18, 2019, 1:59 PM
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Tom, nice body paint on the scaup pair!

Mike, very nice lines on the corker; look forward to seeing it in paint.

Air filtration issues nearly fully resolved, so it is time to get going on some cork blocks to put some bodies under my new pile of finished heads.

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RLLigman: Feb 19, 2019, 10:32 AM
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I have used 1x (3/4") for tail boards. I find tempered masonite works better - usually 1/8" thick. Varnish both sides heavy and insert into tail slot then weight it for a day until it hardens.