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What's on your WORK BENCH - SEPTEMBER 2020
I'll start off the month with a bit of decoy repair.

These Herters foam geese have served me well over the years but the heads do have a weak point. Right where the eye bolts threads into the bottom of the neck, it creates a stress point and eventually they all break right there.

I cleaned and squared up the bottom. Then cut a disc of plywood, installed a thread "tee" nut, and epoxied it to the bottom of the neck. A couple more coats of epoxy to seal the wood and they will be ready for paint. Actually I plan to paint and flock these. Will be my first go around with any flocking.








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~


Clever repair for the all-to-frequent snapped-off stem on Herter's heads. My Dad sent his first batch of Model 72 Broadbill back to Waseca in the 1950s - because so many stems broke in use.


I think I'll add the McCann Method to my repair arsenal....


All the best,


SJS

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


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Steve Sanford wrote:
Dave~


Clever repair for the all-to-frequent snapped-off stem on Herter's heads. My Dad sent his first batch of Model 72 Broadbill back to Waseca in the 1950s - because so many stems broke in use.


I think I'll add the McCann Method to my repair arsenal....


All the best,


SJS


Steve,

It is a yet unproved repair, however I have a lot of optimism. The biggest thing going for it is that the stress is distributed solidly to the circumference.

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

So simple yet so effective. I think those pics will go in the IG page.

Eric
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I'll try to get some pictures of my method in the next few weeks..... What I do is open the bottom similar, but leave bit of the bottom in place, a capture edge. I then do a quick shot of spray foam from a can. Once that cures, I excavate back about an inch. I leave these heads kicking around and every time I have a little mixed epoxy left, I thicken it with wood flour and fill in the void. Once filled, and cured, I sand it flush and then can drill a pilot hole for my eye screws. I have a bunch I have collected awaiting repairs. Since I like my heads fixed, and not swivel, they work very well, and add marginal additional weight.

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

Please do. I'll use them on IG as well. Some "Tips and Tricks" postings would go over well.

Eric
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Dave, that's a great idea. I have floater heads and heads for Herters goose shells that need that repair.


Why get a low profile boat and put a high profile blind on it?
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Some recent bluewings for my teal rig...



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

Those teal looks delightful! Nice camera work too.

Eric
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Last of the summer wood ducks, this one a high-head caller.









And a whole flock:






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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Bob

I hazard to think of the time and talent that went into that last shot. Incredible work.

Eric
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Good morning, All~


Still no decoys on my benches - focused on the Scooter restoration and farm chores.


But, The Bench of George Williams remains productive! (I posted these Ringed Teal a day or so ago somewhere else here by mistake.....)








All the best,


SJS

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


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A glimmer of opening day success with lots of work left to go.

And now I'm working on building a small pen to hold training birds.

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Finishing up this Shourds Style Brant. I did the side pockets three times dry brushing before getting some secret helpful advice. I am please with the outcome. I am going to do a wash on it and then hopefully it will be done.






Cheers,

Mike
Barnegat Bay Waterfowlers

Sedge Island Gunning Decoys

Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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mike braden: Sep 6, 2020, 7:48 PM
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Mike, there appears to be an inconsistency between side application and the rest of the bird. Now, try to match that color with the hard edged appearance.Wink
george@runamuckdecoys.com
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All~


This little Greenwing Hen - From the Bench of George Williams - is contemplating a drink....






All the best,


SJS

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


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Wood Ducks & Teal on the work bench this month.

I'm Smilin'. Smile

Good work guys.


VP











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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New black duck for my rig.
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Some much less detailed black ducks than yours Matt -- beautiful decoy you have there.

After far too much procrastinating and lowering of standards for restoration -- the brass plate stock for new head collars will have to wait for another season! -- some rescued LL Bean cork ducks starting to see paint (this is by no means complete). Spar coat already complete, there's 10 total ready for their paint job. Thanks Steven for the paint guide!



Speaking of, if you are around - https://stevenjaysanford.com/canvasback-2/ marsh grass outside, dead grass inside? I have a tired robins egg blue canoe that needs covering and I love the look of your canvasback here. When you posted that blog of yours, did you anticipate quite so much paint scheme thievery?
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This girl has been on my bench since April, but she got off the bench in September! This is my first boat build, a flat bottom sneakbox based on Zack Taylor's gunning johnboat. I made several modifications. She is a dream! Now I just have to ugly her up with flat green paint and marsh grass!

A small nod to Mr Steve Sanford in the bow handle. This boat is named the wood duck, so I thought a sleeping wood duck was appropriate!
Q

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Caroline~


Glad to help!


CANVASBACK is indeed Parker Marsh Grass on rails and interior - but Pettit Dull Dead Grass (3303) on the exterior.


The paint for the flat red bottom is no longer sold.....


Best of luck with those decoys!



All the best,


SJS

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


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Congratulations on your first vessel! Your Snoozing Woodie is a nice touch. I wish you many happy days afloat!



Taylor's Successful Waterfowling is truly one of my favorite books.


All the best,


SJS

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


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Steve that's fantastic! Definitely inspiring stuff. Congrats! April - September seems like a pretty good clip for a build (especially a first). Thanks for the share.

Steven - thanks! I appreciate the confirmation. No red belly for me anyways, this will be a roll-on-fast paint job to get ready for the season. Maybe this winter the gunwales will be replaced with some grass rail and a little canvas on the bow and stern too.
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Drake Black Duck decoy, watercolor on cardboard, 9 1/4" x 5 1/2".

Migrating to eastern Ohio. Very close to the seam of the Mississippi Flyway, and the Atlantic Flyway

Not far from where I shot my first Black Duck in 1968.

VP


















"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Still waiting for you to make a stool with that rakish attitude, fella!
george@runamuckdecoys.com