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Sometimes a half day project is all you need to feel satisfaction. I have used my Kennedy machinist cabinet as a shelf for my amplifier far too long. It was a poor use of the Kennedy because you have to disconnect the wires to move the cabinet. Sunday afternoon I grabbed some heart pine odds and ends and built a simple shelf that solved the Kennedy mobility problem. Joinery was nothing more than a cross lap cut with a dado stack. Boy, that heart pine will gum up sandpaper in a HURRY.


Eric









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Eric~


Very nice design - and execution!


I took time away from my new bathroom ceiling - beaded T&G pine to be painted to a fare-thee-well - to help a friend "scorch" some nice old cork Back Ducks.


As I have presented here in earlier years, these Wiley Cork birds can avoid paint on their bodies in favor of Linseed Oil and a Bernz-O-matic torch. I had already repaired each bird and secured and painted keels, bottoms and heads.


The first step is to cover the heads with aluminum foil - to protect the paint - and then paint the bodies with Linseed Oil.







Here is a typical bottom - painted with duckboat paint.






Ready for the torch!






I could not capture the flame with the camera. The trick is to go slowly, keep the "burn" very shallow - and simply blow out the flame as needed.






Once burned, the body is rubbed with a rag. Magic happens when the foil comes off and - Voila! - it's a Black Duck once again. I burned the first bird and let the "student" take it from there.







Here they are all 7 done.






One portrait:






Portrait with Artist:






Just add lines and anchors.....


All the best,


SJS




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


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This is what I am getting ready for season. Started the build at beginning of February.

Newbie from Rochester MN

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Gary Mills: Sep 3, 2022, 4:21 PM
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Good morning, Gary~

Gorgeous vessel! Your design?

All the best!

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


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Nice job, just add water...
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Steve Sanford wrote:
Good morning, Gary~

Gorgeous vessel! Your design?

All the best!

SJS

It is a devlin scaup stretched to 17' as Phil n. Suggested going to do a maiden voyage today.
Newbie from Rochester MN
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Did some lead casting, then some painting and now some assembly. A few pieces of fish candy, AKA 3/8 and 1/2 ounce blade baits.







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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My Labor day weekend project.
I've wanted a shave horse for a while and figured might as well make a spoon mule while I'm at it. Both can be put on together for storage.
I watched a bunch of videos and looked at even more plans. It is far from well done, I am no engineer. This was mostly made from scraps and recycled stuff just lying around in the garage. But with some tweaking it should work.




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Nice Tim. Nothing like a shave horse for holding blanks.
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Tim

Is a can of shaving cream supposed to go in the clamp? You know, to keep it from slipping from your hands?

In all seriousness, nice job. That is a project one day I'll take on. Nothing makes woodworking more pleasurable and accurate than good work holding devices.

Eric
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Huntindave McCann wrote:
Did some lead casting, then some painting and now some assembly. A few pieces of fish candy, AKA 3/8 and 1/2 ounce blade baits.


You jig those for pike? Or in smaller sizes for perch and crappie? Looking to expand my winter fishing beyond tip-ups.

"At first blush I am tempted to conclude that a satisfactory hobby must be in large degree useless, inefficient, laborious, or irrelevant."
— Aldo Leopold
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Eric Patterson wrote:
Tim

Is a can of shaving cream supposed to go in the clamp? You know, to keep it from slipping from your hands?


People who regularly see me may wonder what I'm doing with anything for shaving. Wink




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Working on a hollow cedar mallard rig.
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TimJ wrote:
People who regularly see me may wonder what I'm doing with anything for shaving. Wink


Well,,,,,,,,,, if you are using a spoon mule in conjunction with your daily facial routine,,,,,,,,,,,, I think I understand the problem. Whistle

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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Jeff Reardon wrote:
Huntindave McCann wrote:
Did some lead casting, then some painting and now some assembly. A few pieces of fish candy, AKA 3/8 and 1/2 ounce blade bait



You jig those for pike? Or in smaller sizes for perch and crappie? Looking to expand my winter fishing beyond tip-ups.


Jeff,
Use them for most everything. Both cast/retrieve, troll or vertical jig. Jigging both ice or open water. Crappies and Bluegill will hit the 1/4 ounce size and the 3/8 ounce. Walleyes, Northern Pike, Bass and Catfish will take any size. I make them in 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8 and 3/4 ounce sizes in a wide variety of colors.

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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I have never seen that done before. Is burning better than paint? Or just another option?
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Dave~


In my experience, burned cork is the Supreme Ultimate for Black Duck bodies: no shine, lots of depth. Seeing live Blacks swimming amidst my rig in all light conditions demonstrated the match to my eye.


Sadly, the tan (aka "white") cork available nowadays is not truly waterproof. It must be thoroughly sealed and so does not lend itself to the technique. These birds were made from Cork-Tex - sold back in the day by Wiley Cork Company out of Wilimington, Delaware.






On the other hand, natural cork would still work. I have a bunch of pieces in my shop - salvaged from old life vests - and someday plan to pin a bunch together to make a few Black Duck bodies.


All the best,


SJS






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


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Thank you. I did not know that. I have never tried carving cork.
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How do you fish those? What species?
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Boy! Those look real. Fantastic job.
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Drake Wood Duck from then to now. Hollow Sugar Pine, and White Pine
























"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Wood Duck decoy I finished up this week:



and a wood duck mount, this bird had 3 pellet holes in the head, I'm trying to get it all back nicely...