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Thanks, Bob, I ended-up recutting the side pockets and lowering the primaries. Because I pieced the cheeks in, I will seal the heads on these low birds wit a couple of coats of warmed epoxy to prevent them from separating...hopefully!

Anyone replace the rheostat on a Detail Master III? Pretty sure this is the issue, per my multi-meter readings.
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Good morning, Mike~


Very nice! This bird fits 2 posts - a Hen Hoodie was the first duck I ever shot - 54 seasons ago....


All the best,


SJS

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


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Drake courtship display can. This is the fourth one I have made off this pattern I "pulled off" a painting, each with a slightly different head angle and height.

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RLLigman: Mar 4, 2019, 7:46 AM
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Getting started on some new birds. Plane, gouge, weldwood.
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Nice work everyone! Finished some lesser scaup and redheads...



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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Getting a few finished
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Hey Saluki, you going to make it to ohio this weekend?Smile
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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Good morning, Matt~


Beautiful birds all!


I need to finish this Greater Yellowlegs by tomorrow afternoon - for a friend's fundraiser. I just put the base coat of finish paint on - and the Mahogany base got slathered with Minwax "Gunstock" oil stain.


The bird is Basswood with a Hickory bill insert and the "leg" is brass rod.











Note that I used bronze boat nails for the eyes - not glass. It hails back to the "tack" and "button" eyes of early stool.


All the best,


SJS

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


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George~ Not sure If I'll be there or not. Sunday may be only day I can get up there.


Steve~ I took some liberties with your mallard pattern.
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poor thing is starving, its ribs are showing!

Cool


Carl
Mobile, AL
DHBP Member since 1998

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Steve, love it. Classic form
Matt, good looking drake mallard and teal. Form and paint are very nice.
Pat, love seeing your work, as always.

Here is a recently painted drake pintail.



Frank

FrankMiddletondecoys.com
Middletonboatworks.com
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Finished up some teal tonite...




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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Nice teal Pat.
Here?s the hen freshly painted

Frank

FrankMiddletondecoys.com
Middletonboatworks.com
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Pat and Frank~


Great birds. Of course, Turkey season will be here long before Teal season....(though I'd love to hunt Cinnamons and Bluewings sometime!)


Here's the finished Yellowlegs.






Those tack eyes got black paint and everything got satin varnish.






All the best,


SJS





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


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Steve Sanford wrote:
Pat and Frank~


Great birds. Of course, Turkey season will be here long before Teal season....(though I'd love to hunt Cinnamons and Bluewings sometime!)


Here's the finished Yellowlegs.






Those tack eyes got black paint and everything got satin varnish.






All the best,


SJS






Dang!! Great work and details!
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Surprising to see how much great work has been posted in five days! I finished these two redheads and part of a broadbill trial bird before I lost my dust collector.



...and one scaup eye orbit filler that still needs to be finish sanded!!!

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RLLigman: Mar 9, 2019, 6:25 AM
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Frank, the body paint on that hen turkey decoy is really nice! Good color matches!
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What beautiful work, Bob. It is a great looking project. Love that bull sprig.
Al
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k

New pattern based on an old Jim Wick's scaup head that I ended-up with after his dog chewed the decoy into pieces. I made 38 heads off this in magnum to match 16 of 36 magnum black corks I made and kept. about five years ago. Eighteen more to go.



I am making a mold off this old redhead to do a run o14-15 decoys to fill-out the rig.

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RLLigman: Mar 11, 2019, 5:18 AM
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It has been a while since I have posted. Glad to see all of the great decoys on the site.
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Nice decoys Rick!

Made a pair of ruddies and butterballs...




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, that is an interesting perspective shot of that decoy, or is it two decoys? Your finish sanding work is impressive in itself!





This redhead drake preener was born from a band sawing mistake I made on the head. This head had to have the bill tip shortened, so I decided to finish it and spin it around to become a shoulder imbedded preener. I wanted something that would not take several pounds of lead to balance it out, when floating, so no dropped should and splayed spread primaries. ...and no pattern to work off. I did roll it a bit and angle the tail. I was going to cut a channel into the shoulder for the bill but realized cutting an insert well would work better for sealing and painting. I still have some finish sanding to do prior sealing. I will cut a plug to insert into the bill's "well" to look like tufted feathers

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RLLigman: Mar 12, 2019, 5:22 AM
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Sweet Grey Duck!


SJS

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


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All~


I just restored this Herter's Model 59 Redhead/Bluebill (an eBay find) - to match the Hen I got last Fall. I've updated the whole process on another post.






All the best,


SJS

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


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I recently had a discussion about Labrador ducks with a friend which inspired me to make my own version of a Labrador decoy. Non extinct version.