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What's on your WORK BENCH ? - May 2020
Good morning, All~


Raw weather and a sore back have kept me in from the Turkey woods this morning. Here, though, is some work From the Bench of George Williams:


A bunch of Grey Duck heads got eyes...






A few got bodies....






The rest of the bodies wait patiently....






All the best,


SJS







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


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Re: What's on your WORK BENCH ? - May 2020 In reply to
Here is a Red-breasted Merganser Mount/Decoy combo I finished this week. Mergansers don't get much respect but I find them great subjects for my artwork.


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 Bill. the Black Duck and the Merganser are my two favorite birds. Nice display.
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Couple of nice looking mergies!


Carl
Mobile, AL
DHBP Member since 1998

"Life is too short to drink bad beer."
Disclaimer: This post and/or report is not a substantiation of or reflection on the true accuracy of the present surveying methods. It is only a report on or comment concerning local observation and/or results. Your results and observation may vary based on your location, local water conditions, food supply, weather conditions and migratory patterns "
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Re: What's on your WORK BENCH ? - May 2020 In reply to
Bill, Really neat merg diorama!


Just finished the painting on this blackduck as April ended:








I decided to paint the other cork rendition of that Down East Blackie I made patterns of when Steve S. posted them as a mallard hen.






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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Re: What's on your WORK BENCH ? - May 2020 In reply to
Neat mount Bill. I love watching mergs play in the decoys but they sure can stink up a boat in a hurry!


I?ve got a ways to go on this dead mount but making some progress.


And a pair of common eider up next.


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Re: What's on your WORK BENCH ? - May 2020 In reply to
Thanks everyone for the kind words!

Bill
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Well, I can officially move this from the "help with rust" thread to the Workbench. Wow, glass beading is something ey?
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Man you guys set the bar high right off the bat.











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


Spectacular! Surely on the way to a lively duck season....


All the best,


SJS

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


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Steve Sanford wrote:
Young Man~
Spectacular! Surely on the way to a lively duck season....
All the best,
SJS

I'm already foreseeing trigger pull issues. There's a little tab in the shape of a "Y" that screws down at the base of the Y and each tine of the Y is the spring that resets the trigger, or provides resistance to the trigger.....I dunno....
I have to get everything blued and reassembled and I've discovered a crack in the grip. It gets thin in there. I may pre-drill and then see if I can set a screw in there, it's a bad spot.
Hmmmm......I wish there was something I could coat it with to allow it to stay silver!
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Re: What's on your WORK BENCH ? - May 2020 In reply to
Good morning, All~


More from The Bench of George Williams....


Described to me simply as "patos", I'll let George tell us which South American species these are/will be.








All the best,


SJS

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


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Re: What's on your WORK BENCH ? - May 2020 In reply to
Thanks again for posting. From left to right--two red shovelers, a rosy billed pochard, and a bahams pintail, awaiting sealing and paint.
Each is inlaid with DNA, as my Foredom and i had an encounter with some reverse grain and took a toll on the end of my right thumb. As Fearless Fosdick would describe it:
"a mere flesh wound."
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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Coronacanoe project is advancing. Will lift it off the form tomorrow.

Matt

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George,

Looking forward to seeing that bahama pintail finished up! Been playing with the idea of making one myself. Certainly a pretty duck.
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Curt, I have been mucking about with various species of Argentine decoys since I fell in love with waterfowling down there. Years ago, a dear friend got a group of us going down there, and I have been making a little group of stool to take annually. Our hosts do not allow anyone but us the use of the corks, as a number of Europeans shoot everything, including decoys/
Over the years, I have repainted close to 150 on sale dekes that my friend dragged to the shop. We hit them with Krylon Fusion, then I made a rig consisting of Bahamas, yellow billed pintails, chiloes and white faced whistling ducks, which our host is now learning to repaint. All teal species so far are cork.
The Bahamas are really subtle. Only way they can tell each other apart, I think, is by the reddish area on the bill. Hens are lighter.
Other than pochards, cinnamons and red shovelers, all others apre pretty much the same, except for sublteties on bills or heads, as in the Chiloe.
Steve will post up the gang when I have painted them.
I do have a color schematic for the Bahama, so if you get the urge, contact me at
gwdecoys@Verizon.net. I will be more than happy to forward you a copy, ready to print. This time around, I am going to do some writing regarding the rosy bill, and perhaps, the red shoveler, also. I swear I did the shoveler one, but apparently, never copied to word. Fortunately, they have a similar base to their cousins, the bluewings. From there, things really get weird!!!
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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Re: What's on your WORK BENCH ? - May 2020 In reply to
I don't think what I have at the moment is worthy of this thread but it's all I got.

One man's trash is another man's treasure. I may be the only guy in town that takes some stuff to the local yard waste site, and comes back home with more than he took there.










This stack is a mix of Walnut, Soft Maple and Red Maple. It will need to sit and season for a few years before making a reapperance.




I did just complete a modification to my dust collector. By building a riser and a extension for the base, I was able mount the garbage can "separator" directly onto the dust collector. Now everything is able to be moved around the shop as one single unit.






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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Good morning, Dave~


Great find! I've always thought that best duck hunters were also highly skilled scroungers and re-purposers...


Question: What is "soft maple" ? Here in NY - at least taught to me by my logger/sawmill owner Father-in-Law - "soft maple" includes both Red Maple and Silver Maple - to distinguish them from "hard maple" - which is almost always Sugar Maple.


Here on the farm, we have lots of Sugars and Reds and even handfuls of Striped Maple (aka Moosewood) and Box Elder. (aka Ash-leaved Maple). Our only Silver was a nursery purchase.


All the best,


SJS

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


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Re: What's on your WORK BENCH ? - May 2020 In reply to
Steve

My understanding of the hard maple species and soft is the same as yours. Here in the South we mostly have soft maple. If you have a chunk of maple and the leaves are long gone hard maple is usually lighter in color than soft. A simple chemical test can reveal if it is hard or soft. Mix a couple tablespoons of iron sulfate (available at your garden center in bags) in a cup of water and dab on the sample. Hard maple will turn a greenish hue, while soft maple will turn bluish black.

Eric
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Re: What's on your WORK BENCH ? - May 2020 In reply to
Steve Sanford wrote:
Good morning, Dave~
Question: What is "soft maple" ? Here in NY - at least taught to me by my logger/sawmill owner Father-in-Law - "soft maple" includes both Red Maple and Silver Maple - to distinguish them from "hard maple" - which is almost always Sugar Maple.
SJS



Eric Patterson wrote:
Steve
My understanding of the hard maple species and soft is the same as yours. Here in the South we mostly have soft maple.
Eric


Steve and Eric,

Ditto the comments from both of you. Around here we have very few Sugar Maples (hard) with everything else being "soft" Maple. Within that soft Maple category, If I can identify exactly which species, Box Elder, Red Maple, etc, I will label as such, otherwise I just label it soft Maple. In this case, I had leaves and branches along with the trunk pieces to aid in identification. I'll have to remember to pick up some iron sulfate.

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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Glad you can salvage some valuable wood from those piles.
I really hate to see tree service trucks loaded with big old oak, pecan and pine logs heading towards the dump.


Carl
Mobile, AL
DHBP Member since 1998

"Life is too short to drink bad beer."
Disclaimer: This post and/or report is not a substantiation of or reflection on the true accuracy of the present surveying methods. It is only a report on or comment concerning local observation and/or results. Your results and observation may vary based on your location, local water conditions, food supply, weather conditions and migratory patterns "
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Interesting.

One of the birds I'm working on is an urn decoy that I used a block of nicely flamed hard (curly) maple on when I turned the urn.
Almost a shame it will be sealed inside the decoy.





Have also started to paint that "Down East" mallard hen conversion:





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: May 6, 2020, 6:32 AM
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The below shelfs are a quick little project for the boys that grew up across the street from me and are now regular hunting partners. They recently purchased the coolest duck cabin on Lake Guntersville, that sits right on Mud Creek WMA, yet most hunters have no idea it is even there. Oddly enough in high school a friend's dad owned it and we'd stay there and hunt right out the back door. Now 35 years later I will get to make more memories there. These pine shelves match the cabin's walls and will go over the windows with hunting decor placed atop. I made a few extra brackets for use in my shop as well.






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Eric Patterson: May 6, 2020, 9:26 AM
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Eric,
Nice, how sweet is that. I suspect the boys are pleased to have a willing mentor.

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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Dave

They are in their 30s now. I took Tommy quite a bit about the time he graduated high school. Mikey lives here in Huntsville, while Tommy is in the armed services flying around in rotary wing aircraft. He comes home every hunting season for about a month and we all hunt together. This cabin will only solidify the annual get-togethers. Good times!

Eric