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APRIL FOOLS WORK BENCH - What's on yours ? (April 2019)
Good morning, All~


Just got through 3 great days at the Northeast Workworkers Ass'n Showcase in nearby Saratoga Springs. I was judging and teaching 2 classes each day - one on decoys and one on duckboats - so did not have time to photograph any of the amazing variety of works on display. Lots of talented people!



Now I can get back in the shop.


I showed this cedar-bodied Black Duck last month. I used it as a prop in my classes - so now I can glue it up and finish it.







Here is a Wildfowler Black Duck I rehabbed as a gift - a Quogue Superior Model - with a balsa body.






My so-called "satin" spar varnish has been drying to a high sheen - so I have since toned this bill down with some fine steel wool.







This Herter's Model 72 Pintail got a coat of epoxy+ ....fine sawdust on the head and Homer Coat (finely ground walnut shells) on the body. He also got a plastic (from an industrial barrel) tail insert because the Durlon foam had worn away over many seasons.



Both Drake and Hen have been primed with flat oils and will get their latex topcoats soon. I will be both photodocumenting (stills) my painting for a Tutorial AND a friend will be "filming" (still not sure what verb to use for digital cameras taking movies....) the process as well.






This Wildfowler Superior Black Duck once belonged to an ECO (Environmental Conservation Officer) from eastern LI. I worked with Harry Jackson long ago. I found this on eBay and bought it from Harry's son.


It was generally sound but the tail was very soft and missing a bit. So, I cut out the unsound balsa and installed some new, denser balsa. The "dutchman" was set in thickened epoxy.






I also installed new eyes and filled some gouges, nicks and hollows. I have been replacing the eyes, too. The original Wildfowlers eyes were typically set "proud" - and I prefer to set them more naturally (but without recarving the faces).







It will become a Hen Mallard - as part of the small Mallard-Black rig I am assembling with Wildfowler Superiors I am gathering from across the country.






Here she is all faired and sanded. She has since been sealed with spar varnish and then primed with duckboat paint - Pettit 3303 Dull Dead Grass.






All the best,


SJS











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


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All~


From the Bench of George Williams....


A "mini-Woodie":






And a Bull Can:






All the best,


SJS

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


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Moving into April, I have a mallard for an urn underway.

Fitted the urn into the body today and sealed the compartment with a cherry plate. Waiting for epoxy to dry prior to sealing everything.














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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Great job, Bob!


(and helpful for an urn on my List....)


Here is the Eider pair - Bean's - I just returned to Troy Fields.


I got them all sealed by Troy. I did a few minor repairs and then tweaked the plumage patterns.










This head pattern is based on birds I shot with Troy a few years back.









Here they are finished - resting comfortably near the stove.






I had to study those cheek markings on a bunch of drakes - mostly on Google Images.






And the Hen got some extra attention on her face, too.







No open water hereabouts last week - so here they are as upland gamebirds...






All the best,


SJS

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


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Finished the blocks for the SSWA board presentation.




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Bob, very nice finish work to prep. that urn decoy, its eventual owner will have both a canine remembrance piece and a keepsake! I admire your precision with a bandsaw! They scare the hell out of me, particularly when cutting profiles. You and Pat Gregory get my finish sanding award, redeemable at any Canadian government beer store for some Kokanee or OV! What percentage of your sanding is done on the belt sander versus hand sanding.?


Joe, good to see you got the scaup paint work finished consistent, one to the others, so no one feels slighted! They will be well appreciated by their new owners.

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RLLigman: Apr 3, 2019, 3:12 PM
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Black Duck I'm working on
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Jeff, the bill appears rather elongated. If you have a specimen of either a black or mallard around, see how long the bill is in relationship to the rest of the head, and you will find that you will need to make adjustments.
Bill color needs to be dulled also, Yellow ochre, some of the black duck black should make a pretty close olivish yellow. You can also try yellow ochre and raw umber. Head coloration and ticking are pretty much black duck!
For a hen, add some mars black, then use the mars for the detailing, which is similar to hen mallard's. The hen's bill is much more olive than the drake.
I guess it's so they can tell each other apart.Angelic
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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Had a wild hair and made a ringneck drake in courtship display... It is Spring...




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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After way to long ( years) I finally got back in the (new) shop.

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

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Good morning, Brandon~


Congratulations on your new shop! I look forward to seeing some of your stylish birds in full plumage.


All the best,


SJS

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


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...with a removable head for painting and sealing, Pat? That will be an interesting addition to the spread! Again, very nice finish work.

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RLLigman: Apr 4, 2019, 4:21 AM
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 Little something besides ducks.





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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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Here are the last 14 scaup that accompany the previous three birds from March. I have four more bodies left, but only two heads, so I am going to stop and give my hands a rest while I finish sand and dowel the heads and tailboards into the bodies, prior bandsawing some more heads to finish. Coupled with the March redheads, the total is currently 32 tan corks to seal and paint this summer, after spring fishing slows down.

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RLLigman: Apr 9, 2019, 3:43 AM
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Good morning, All~


A Grey 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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nice little gang of broadbills, you have there.
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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Hey Joe, Really like those Blackheads, I know that's a Chesapeake Bay name for Broadbills . Still like em.
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Great work everyone. I have not been back in the shop yet work and life always gets in the way but my new batch of epoxy shows up tomorrow so that will be exciting.

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

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I have been selling off some of the odds and ends in my decoy rig, to make room for the decoys I have been doing myself, and to finance more. Last week a guy stopped over to get a couple Herters 63 bodies I listed and we got to talking.....

Thursday he dropped off 3 five gallon pails of Herters heads! 101 heads in all, 72s and 63s, all destine to be Bluebills and Cans.







In the mix, I have sorted out 6 different model 63 styles, I separated a pr of each of these that I will first make molds of before I paint them. With the molds, there will always be replacement heads in the original types!

Dave Diefenderfer
Manassas, VA

"Once you set out to build a boat, throw away your square. And if you work on her after she's launched, throw away your level." author unknown

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I had some "extra" black duck decoys kicking around and thought I would try my hand at drake mallards. I think they'll hunt.




"Pass the Tradition Along"
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Dave, that's quite a gift!
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Rick, not a gift! These were brought for me to paint for the buyer! Though I may have sold my time cheap. The resource to create the molds will be an additional value as I will be able to cast heads for guys in the future like I have the coot mold already.

Dave Diefenderfer
Manassas, VA

"Once you set out to build a boat, throw away your square. And if you work on her after she's launched, throw away your level." author unknown

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Good morning, Troy~


This decoy painting gets addictive, doesn't it?????


All the best!


SJS

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


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On the paint bench...




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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Looking good Troy!
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Very nice, Pat, you've been quite busy. I saw the canvasback cut-outs on DCF, That recliner hasn't gotten much use!
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All~


This is a proto-type. A friend asked me to re-paint some Al McCormick Mallards AND put eyes in them (which Al did only rarely).


[CLICK to enlarge any image]



Here is the Drake BEFORE:






Best way to locate eyes on an existing decoy is to measure off the tip of the bill:






Here's the AFTER:






Eye detail:






Another pending project is a bunch of silhouettes - mostly songbirds - for a local NGO. The Fort Edward Grasslands Important Bird Area (IBA) has a big event each May. They asked me to make 25 or 30 painted silhouettes - most of which will hang on wires. Here is the first output - a pair of Bobolinks (where the singing-on-the-wing drake is a bit too small) - sorry for the blurry image.







Some Eastern Meadowlarks (a third is in the works):






These Snow Buntings will be part of a big mixed flock of Buntings and Horned Larks - flying to their Arctic breeding grounds:






All the best,


SJS

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


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Neat sillys, Steve. The male Bob is not small, he is just further away!Wink
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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Yes, I lied... Instead of stopping to rest my knuckles and heal the self-inflicted cuts I grabbed the Crazy Glue surgical glue out of the dog first aid kit and sealed them up and grabbed the last two heads I have carved for these magnum bodies (about the size of the Godin GHG bluebills) and finished off the last two I had glued-up with bottom boards. I just glued the head on the bird on the left which will have to sit for a couple of days prior sanding the neck/body joint. I tried epoxy with some heads, but didn't like it when sanding the joint, so I went back to Titebond III and a furniture clamp-better seal, less gummed-up sanding drums. Instead of tossing the three hen heads I had carved from Duck Blind head stock supplied with the wrong grain direction, I ground-out some black cork bodies I had sitting around.

All the bills have an epoxy coated finishing nail inserted in them for support. It's been three years since I touched black cork bodies. I forgot how easily you can buzz through making a body in black cork (basically an hour from layout to finished body; compared to 2.5 hours for a tan cork body) The downside? Another hour and a half of clean-up to remove the charged particles that are stuck to everything within eight feet of the carving station. Then another hour filling voids in the cork with cork dust and Titebond III that are too large to leave prior sealing and painting. I have some redhead heads too that will also now go on cork bodies, but they will be ground and sanded outside this summer...I received a good reminder lesson!

I forgot, the cork pieces I have had to add are a consequence of cutting these tan blanks from a full size sheet of HD cork on a bandsaw that is mounted on a portable stand. I have to use the existing work surface to make the cuts, so some o the tight radius cuts get distorted when the blade binds from the weight of the sheet, since I have no work table support under much of it.

These bring the total to 37 cork decoys carved since March 4th.


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RLLigman: Apr 14, 2019, 3:55 AM
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Rick~


Nice birds - even those made from old refrigerators!


Your point about that sticky cork dust - just like foam bodies - is well-taken. Except for sawing out the plan and profile views, I eschew all power tools. A bread knife, a rasp or two, and sandpaper are the tools I use. Much less mess. I brush the rasps off before putting them away.



I usually do not fill the crevices or crevasses - just soak with a heavy coat (or two) of spar varnish before my flat oil primer.


All the best,


SJS

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


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Finished up the mallard with the urn in it a few days back. Took the picture using Dave Hagerbaumer's print, The Mallard Hunter, as a background. Worth sent me that one with the one showing pickleweeds in use a few years back.










Took an interesting trip to the Glen Helen Raptor Center yesterday. One can get close up to a whole lot of birds of prey that are housed in captivity there due to an injury that has left them unable to hunt effectively in the wild.






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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I've carved well over a 100 black cork decoys. Like many, black cork was my choice when I first started carving, I used some Stanley Sureform hand rasps- flat, round rat-tail, convex face to shape the bodies after vertical profile cut-out on a band saw. I actually thought I broke Eric's Craftsman bandsaw while Dennis and I were cutting up three blocks, when the on/off switch stopped working. After clean-up of our mess, I took the switch apart, assuming the contacts were shot. Nothing was wrong...except that the switch housing was packed with cork dust!

Steve, the principal issue with these cork blocks is in the quality of the cork sheet. I think, from what I recall, that this sheet came from Chesepeake Decoy Works. As you know, black cork is simply cork bark particles ground and steam autoclaved to release their resin content, which serves as the binder when the blocks are pressed. The particle size within the cork block is key to the quality of black cork; the larger the particle size, the poorer and lighter the cork density. If you zoom on the pics of these decoys you can see the black cork particles are large, which essentially equates to poor particle-to-particle adherence. I can't work these with a burr bit, even a fine one without particles flying-off constantly, often leaving large voids. I use a 1/2" diameter 3" long sanding drum mounted on a mandrel in a Foredom handpiece to essentially sand these into finished body shapes,. as well as to outline the tertials, primaries and shoulder/cape feather groups. This minimizes the filling, but, as you pointed -out enhances the volume of finely charged cork dust. I usually end-up doing three filter changes with the Tornado 1000 when grinding a cork body, because the filter plugs so quickly.

The old refrigerator cork that I have seen blocks of had quite fine particles, but it was poorly bound. The life vest cork often was doweled together-like the balsa blocks in that life raft I made canvasbacks from when the Marquette Maritime Museum folks decided to pitch it.

This is a threatening mallard decoy I made for a jerk line. Note the second coat of Val-oil's sealing abilities!!!



These were made from The Duck Blind's 11lb density cork...very nice material to work with, but still messy! There is a 1/2" diameter dowel that runs 8" into the body from the base of the neck, epoxied in place.

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RLLigman: Apr 13, 2019, 4:55 AM
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Good morning, All~


This photo made its way to me from Delaware, I think.....it depicts (most of) the new Runamuck Decoys banner.



I'll let George Williams explain....it appears to my eye that he is imparting some solemn wisdom to his board of directors.







I appreciate the tag line: "So many carvers, so few decoy makers." I am definitely in the former bunch - especially after Joe Daly told me that Al McCormick had made about 27,000 decoys by the late 1980s - and he wasn't done yet.


More at: http://www.runamuckdecoys.com/



All the best,


SJS

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


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Good morning all,

I always enjoy reviewing the workbench threads, because they inspire me to get back in the shop. This month is no exception.

I have photos of a few birds that I've been working on that I held off on posting because I was taking them to The Gathering - a small carving competition focused mostly on spearing decoys, but with a few duck and other bird categories in Perham, Minnesota. The competition was this last weekend, so I can post pictures of the birds.






It was good to interact with other carvers, and get inspired by their work.

Joel
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Very nicely done birds, Joel!


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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Yes, Joel, those are very nice birds! Did you place in any of the competition categories? Were any Jim Wick's spearing decoys among those on display. Jim has gone in that direction after Weldon's death. I don't think he carves waterfowl anymore.
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RL -

I'm very partial to stretch neck gunning decoys. Done correctly, they add realism & action to a rig.

Black cork is a very traditional, and trying medium to work with, but nothing floats like it does.


Your drake Mallard looks like a dandy, that would pass the "Back Yard Toss Test" no problem.

Far as I'm concerned the top view sez it all. Two Thumbs UP.

As the seasons pass it will only get better with age.


Best regards
Vince











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

There were a lot of fish decoys both at the tables and in the competitions. I don't remember seeing Jim Wick's fish, but they may have been there.

I took 4 second place finishes. There was a fellow there from Michigan with very clean paint that swept those same categories.

Joel
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Rick, A friend of mine is having trouble with his bandsaw. He just returned from a few month in Fla, but wasn't usable when he left. I suspect his problem is the dust from the black cork and to try a good cleaning. I'll let you know if that was his problem!
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Good morning, Joel~


That's one fine foursome! Nice work all around.


Question: In what "category" did they compete ? (I'm baffled by all of the "new" categories since the early 90s when I was more conversant in contests.)


Here are 3 Grey Ducks from The Bench of George Williams. He was trying different paint treatments on the vermiculated capes and sides.


Drake 1 - darker






Drake 1 - lighter






Drake 2






All the best,


SJS



















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


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Steve, same gaddie, just noted how little white was showing on the sides after your note. Went back and dragged the white, raw umber mix across the combing twice more. This one is now done. Going to try the blackduck black on the next one, with finer combing. Perhaps more ridges will show less of the black. ? Quien sabe?
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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Actually, it appears as though all George did was alter how they are lit...
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Rick~


FYI: The lighting (post-production editing....) was mine. The difference is the contrast in tone between the chest and sides.


SJS





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


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Then I invoke the 'fifteen yard rule'...
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Sugar Pine, 9" L x 4 1/2" H, Tundra/Whistling Swan decoy, awaiting keel & rigging.

Carved for a sign to commemorate a late great gunning partner.

This carving has been in my shop for ten years. It is only just recently that I have been able to bring myself to finish carving it, and to paint it.
















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

As far as birds are concerned, this is a small show. There is no IWCA class or anything of the sort. For this year, the "North American World Cup of Duck Decoys" (decorative working decoy) was a black duck. Restrictions were no cork, must be wood, hollow, glass eyes, no wood burning, swim tested with a removable keel or weights for display purposes. There was a "gunning bird competition" with several categories including a low head drake mallard which I entered. There were also two working duck decoy categories - one a drake mallard and one a drake wood duck which I entered.

Details for the next show will be at (not up yet): NFDAdecoys.org

(NFDA is the National fish decoy association)

Joel
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R L, that is what I normally deal with-15-20 yards. This one gave me fits, dealing with the vermiculation. Eventually, after three dry brushings with a 1" fan, I decided to live with it. Some of the pics were under led lighting, others, without. As stated, I will use a narrower piece of comb on the next go round/w00t
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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Some bluewings...



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, do you overcoat them with a translucent stain to tone the blue down, or do you make your own wash coat to apply? It really adds a nice patina and tones the intensity of their head color down nicely.
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I do Rick. Here is a video that explains it... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew1P8OT49xk
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Pat~


Excellent video/tutorial! Your method really imparts depth to their finery.



I have "glazed" some of my mantel-piece birds (or at least portions of them) with the traditional painting technique of glazing. Raw Umber and Ultramarine are my standbys - in both oils and arylics.


All the best,


SJS

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


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Thanks Steve! In the right circumstances it can be effective.

Working on a group of Delta Marsh canvasback decoys...




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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Vince Pagliaroli wrote:

Sugar Pine, 9" L x 4 1/2" H, Tundra/Whistling Swan decoy, awaiting keel & rigging.

Carved for a sign to commemorate a late great gunning partner.

This carving has been in my shop for ten years. It is only just recently that I have been able to bring myself to finish carving it, and to paint it.


Nice lines on that bird!
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RL -

Thank you.


Best regards
Vince











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Getting some shovelers and scaup ready for the big decoy show at St Charles next week...

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: Apr 20, 2019, 3:14 PM
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Vince,
Terrific little swan. Sometimes it's good to set something aside and come back to it with "fresh eyes.".... but 10 years might be stretching it Laugh

Took down the wigeon deadmount, which had been set aside for a few weeks so I could focus on some other work, and I did a bit more painting on it this morning:






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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Wonderful, Bob!


Can't wait to see those wing coverts....


I'm still plugging away at my Grassland Bird silhouettes. The Horned Larks and Snow Buntings will be in a mixed flock of 17 birds - AND I have to paint both sides because the audience will be able to get 2 perspectives.






All the best,


SJS

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


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That's quite the flock, Steve.


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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Steve, I understand. I painted 94 geese silhouettes in a knock-off Real Geese 4 color style, nearly a hundred sandhill cranes now in three batches, and a three dozen mallards. Toss-in hand painting 96 bigfoots to update their paint schemes, mostly with an airbrush. I haven't used my airbrush since then. It gets a little draining to get both sides "right" so they are mirror images of each other. I suspect you are like me, though; painting is pretty soothing "therapy" since you get to bring the work piece "alive" via the process.

I would call those birds flat work painting with no background...



These are the last four scaup finally completed. It took awhile, since I had to carve four heads, as well as patch all these bodies where the bandsaw blade wandered during cut-out of the cork sheet. The heavy rains falling four the last three days have enabled me to keep at it an get these finished. After the onshore blow abates, it will be time to fish inshore salmon and trout for a month or more. Then I can get back to painting these and finishing the storage cover modifications on the TDB.

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Good morning, All~


I finally finished up the Grassland Bird silhouettes. I just need to make some bases/supports for the few birds that will not hang on wires.


The "hen" Bobolink with be supported by an 1/8-inch steel rod - 3 or 4 feet above the "ground" - but the male will sing suspended by fine wire. All of these birds will be part of a very large (barn-size) diorama-like display that will feature mostly live demonstrations with Hawks and Owls at a mid-May Raptor Fest.


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The barn will have 3 or 4 habitats re-created for the weekend. This Bluebird will fly by himself.










Meadowlarks are one of my favorite grassland species.









The call is the key to knowing these Grasshopper Sparrows are about. These 3 will perch on a fence rail.









These Horned Larks will join a bunch of Snow Buntings - as they do hereabouts in Winter.






The mixed flock will be migrating north - from our Washington County Grasslands to the Arctic Tundra. So, I've painted both wintering and breeding plumages.









The elegant sandpiper of the Prairies. Very rare hereabouts. This one will stand atop a fence post.








This one will sing from on high....











In addition to these 2-dimensional birds, I am loaning a pair of E. Allen Wood Ducks - so I can avoid the dreaded NDR label.....


All the best,


SJS






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


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Confidence decoys, so not NDR!

Are you developing the patterns yourself, or pulling them from some on-line source(s)?

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Steve -

Your silhouettes remind me of the work of RogerTory Peterson.


If you should ever get the chance. Visit the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, NY, and the nearby Audubon Nature Center.

I do believe that you will enjoy yourself. The Lake Chautauqua area has a wealth of interesting places to visit.


Best regards
Vince











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Great stuff Steve. When does the Sanford Field Guide to the Birds go to press ??


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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Good morning, Gents~


Thanks for the kind words.


Once upon a time, a young Steve Sanford set out to be a bird painter. Adirondack Life magazine published these Evening Grosbeaks (and several others) in the June 1978 issue. I began my career with NYSDEC in May of the same year.







My career in wildlife conservation intervened, however, so I've been left with "Phase II" to return to my youthful passion - but one still in competition with boats and decoys and a bunch of other things life has to offer.


Ric~ Most of these drawings/paintings are based shamelessly on "borrowed" Google Images. As this is a pro bono project - educational aids for a not-for-profit - I literally could not afford the time - as I do with my "fine art" projects - to develop truly unique renderings.


All the best,


SJS


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


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 "The kernel, the soul, let us go further and say the substance, the bulk, the actual and valuable material of all human utterances is plagiarism."- Mark Twain

So much for his view on the worth and breadth of original thought and endeavor...!

It's also, in my opinion, the most sincere form of flattery!

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