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June Workbench: Let's see it!
Some recent decoys... cinnamon teal, blue wings and Delta Marsh Canvasbacks...
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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: Jun 1, 2019, 11:30 AM
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My first miniature flyer. With assistance from my carving friend Bobby Connolly. I'm calling him "Chunky".



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Pat-
Are those patterned after Dusharme's ? They're nice. I still love those high-heads from Westlake. They were killer.
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They are Bill. The high heads you're talking about are Fred and Freda. I also recently had wildlife artist Adam Grimm do a drawing of Fred. Amazing job!

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: Jun 2, 2019, 11:18 AM
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Been working on a mallard rig now that I have a workspace. Here is the second half getting ready for epoxy / glue. I also have a pair of merganser getting the same treatment.

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

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Brandon Yuchasz: Jun 2, 2019, 7:05 PM
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My mother will be turning 80 on the 13th of June. I made a family celibrations calender for her. She received it at an early surprise party we had for her. Having it about a month early kept her from suspecting anything.



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Not waterfowl related but just finishing for friend's new child's room.
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Some high neck ringers and a screaming green wing...

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: Jun 5, 2019, 6:00 AM
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Trying something new.
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Nice work Matt!
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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Matt Brooks wrote:
Trying something new.


Well I know that is not a puddle duck, so it must be a diver. Wink or a whale of a project.

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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Thanks! It's a fun side project. Definetly a diver....just not sure what kind. We don't see too many of these on the Scioto River
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Very cool Matt. That's a big fish.

Tim
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Pat --- like that teal.


Joe
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Not new works.

Had to wait until the oil paint was well cured, before the final coat of Winsor & Newton Removable with UV protection Varnish. I figured now was a good time.

Works on wine case lids from various countries.

Small Brown Trout on Mahogany plywood from a old Chris-Craft, mounted on wine case lid.
















"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Nice work everyone. Here is a little something I?ve messed with for awhile.
Frank

FrankMiddletondecoys.com
Middletonboatworks.com
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Vince, those are some fun looking paintings.

Frank, wow! Got to love a well done Carolina Parakeet.


Recently my sister's 14 year old Dachshund passed away. Arnold loved to go out fishing with them. I used a photo of him riding in a boat as reference for this. He was a small dog with a lot of personality. I hope that came through.

Tim

8x10 acrylics on canvas



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The drakes have been finished for a while but I just wrapped up the hen. Took them on their first float yesterday and they all self right. Having fun getting my process down, and finding out what I like. Pretty happy with these except the bill from the high head drake got away from me, the hen is my first with glass eyes. I have some teal in the works now.

And picked up the 9.5 evinrude for a tinner project. Changed the oil and spark plugs and fired right up.


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Tim -

Your painting is very expressive, and thoughtful. A fitting tribute to a Good Dog & Best Friend.


Best regards
Vince











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Lots of fine painting and creativity this month! Matt, one never knows what will turn up in the Scioto Smile!!

Back from a relaxing trip to NY's Catskill Mtns last week and still chipping away at the latest deadmount carving






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: Jun 19, 2019, 5:45 AM
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As I have been doing my own decoys, mostly foam decoys from Homer or Bob Romstadt, I have been liquidating the odds and ends I had acquired over the years. Someone bought a couple Herters bodies from me and we got to talking. This resulted in me being commissioned to paint about 140 heads for him! While going through the 4 5gallon buckets, I paired up 6 different model 63 sized unique styles. I decided to make molds of these as there is no commercial alternatives readily available. I already had the coot mold made, and I now have Canvasback, Mallard, Pintail, and 2 versions of the Diver. My coots have been cast using Smooth-on Feather-Lite. Which works well, but is a PITA to work with. It is heavy solids, and settles very quickly. Each use requires several minutes of pre-mixing each component. So I sourced a sample of another material which I tried last evening for the first pours in a couple of the new molds.




This new material Smooth-on Task 8 was much easier to work with, had only a little material settling, but kicked very quickly, and as a result generated significant heat. I know the molds will not last long with this material. Happy I only bought a sample kit! Back to the research. I may try 16lb foam next....

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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Dave Diefenderfer: Jun 21, 2019, 6:25 AM
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Good morning, All~


Lots of great stuff - from ALL corners of the animal kingdom!


Spring here on the farm - and a month-long head cold - have kept me NDR for awhile. (I plan to be painting later this morning, though.)


But, The Bench of George Williams has been busy. I am delinquent posting some of these - so I'll let George add the details - or correct my mistakes:


CLICK to enlarge any photo.



Final paint on a Hen GWT:







Her husband:






The Happy Couple:






A White-cheeked Pintail in progress:






A batch of Twentieth Century Mallids in for some R&R:






These birds were left afloat for an entire season....







Both bows and sterns need attention (I see George is wearing is Special Paintin' Shoes.....):






The Factory is running full bore.....







All the best,


SJS













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


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Steve, those mallards were made in 1997, thankfully, from Wiley Cork! Not only were they left out one full season, but multiples So far, I have replaced the tails, washed and sanded off a lot of greenish brown algae, Gacced, and am now in the midst of painting
. Whoops, I forgot to mention that one of the drakes arrived with a smile on his bill, which was corrected with Gorilla and a c clamp.
Best I can figure, more will arrive in a few weeks, AND they will come scrubbed..
Glad you are getting healthy again, Steve. Probably a result of a new sort of European bacteria.
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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I just got over that damn head cold. It IS industrial strength!

Been a long time since I've had a cold in "warm" weather months.

Lotta folks had it around here, imported from who the hell knows where...











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Hello all - it's inspiring to see what everyone has been working on. I've got several birds in various stages of completion.
First off, I have a pair of greater scaup that have just come off of the paint table and are about to head north.






Next I have a decoy that I competed as a retirement gift for a former supervisor. We worked together at Thief Lake WIldlife Management Area, and a lot of our work was centered on EPP Canada geese. So... I had to make sure the bill measurements on this bird were the right size for an EPP bird.



Another retirement present for a colleague at an adjoining work area. This one reverts back to the "bad old days" (as MLBob would say) of detail carving. This one will be a boreal owl.





The working birds are all self righting with hollow northern white cedar bodies and basswood heads. Paints are acryics. The owl is hollow and all basswood with the exception of some talons done from brass.

Joel