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What's on your workbench - February
Well y'all might remember the turkey I started last year. Well I finished the body and it's on to paint along with a swan which my helper is working on some.

Turkey has removable fan, head and wings and debating if I want the beard permanent or removable













Benjamin Pendleton
Northeast N.C.
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I have 6 Broadbill decoys on the bench that I making to present to the board of the South Shore Waterfowler Association. This is the second year I am doing this and plan on continuing. SSWA has been the voice of duck hunters on Long Island south shore for a long time. I first became a member in the 1980-s. The board members generously give their time and energy to promote duck hunting with NYS DEC as well as government agencies. I do this as a small gesture of appreciation of all they do.


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This was last years presentation group. Can anyone guess how many women are on the board?




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Ben,
Always nice to have a helper.

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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My contribution to the thread this month is another set of swimmers. Just finished setting the eyes this morning. I'll give the paints and glues a few days to cure out before a final tank test. The last tank test, will determine the exact location for the screw eye in the top of the back, that will suspend the decoy in the water.





The fruits of my labor from my last trip to MN. I have enough Northern for another batch. Good thing too because the first batch is half eaten already.

YUMM,,,,,,,,,,





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...

So far, turkey, ducks and fish.

All Looking GOOD.

Signs of Spring. Could Phil be correct?











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

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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Pat Gregory: Feb 3, 2019, 2:12 PM
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Wigeon on the paint bench and divers with epoxy drying today
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Another deadmount in progress. Also began working on the restoration of the panel I rescued to hang it on. Still searching for items to add to the 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.

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

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Black Duck refurbishing.
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Robin~


Great looking restorations - although those blue heads may be a tad too bright.....(but Lou's #3 FME looks PERFECT!)



Here are a few more from The Bench of George Williams:


This contented bird will become a Black Duck when fully plumed.






This is one of a pair of Harlequins.






Here's the other.....






All the best,


SJS





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


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rfberan wrote:
Black Duck refurbishing.


What are these bodies made from? Really nice lines!
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Good morning, Pat~


That Hoodie has got a symphony of curves goin' on - fabulous!


All the best,


SJS

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


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Not sure if you meant mine or George's. My small ones are from Mike, LZ Decoys. They have been excellent.

The larger are urethane and were molded by a couple friends of mine.
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The inquisitive Can, takes the cake , wow fellas, pure art indeed.
Genesis 9:2
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Michael Braun does do an excellent job on his birds! Wish he was still running LZ Decoys; nice to hunt over urethane decoys that don't have their bills snap off on the first hunt like e. Allen birds. The texturing you applied to the bodies was what threw me, combined with the raised primaires. I bought six of his high head canvasbacks unpainted, wish I could have purchased more but he was going out of business and closing LZ decoys down.

Like Pat Gregory, I think high head birds, when done in a display or challenge posture really add to a rig.
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Thanks Steve! He is a curvy little cuss...



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I guess the idea is to get those birds so dizzy they just fall out of the sky????


....or did you get a bit woozy just painting them?


All the best,


SJS

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


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Not sure about the birds but, it sure makes me dizzy... pg
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??Tis the season







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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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Jode love seeing the calls on instagram.
Do you think the resin changes the sound compared to an all wood piece of the same wood?

I've made one call and it's a little higher pitch than I'd like and just haven't had time to play with making more




Benjamin Pendleton
Northeast N.C.
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Thanks Ben. Yes it does change the sound of the call. I find it a little denser than most of the woods I use for bodies. So it tends to deepen the call in my opinion.
benp wrote:
Jode love seeing the calls on instagram.
Do you think the resin changes the sound compared to an all wood piece of the same wood?

I've made one call and it's a little higher pitch than I'd like and just haven't had time to play with making more



Inside the green box


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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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jode hillman: Feb 8, 2019, 5:06 PM
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Drake Wood Duck decoy, watercolor on cardboard, 8"w x 6 1/2"h

Will migrate to a fellow DU committee member who does way more than his share.


Still unable to carve em, but can still paint em once in awhile.

The deep winter north light, has been good on certain days.

















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

Drake Wood Duck decoy, watercolor on cardboard, 8"w x 6 1/2"h

Will migrate to a fellow DU committee member who does way more than his share.


Still unable to carve em, but can still paint em once in awhile.

The deep winter north light, has been good on certain days.


I love that Vince! So classy.


More calls for me on this cold winter day.
Man I wish I could find more black mineral stain poplar!













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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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All~


Here are the finished Harlequins From The BENCH of George Williams:








All keeled up and ready-to-hunt!






All the best,


SJS

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