Decoy-Mallard Drake

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Project by Sir_Robert posted 1971 days ago 1892 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s an unpainted half-scale mallard drake decoy I carved. It’s the first I’ve attempted since the Parkinson’s set in. Thank goodness for technology. I used a laser beam to keep symmetry on track and a home-made sanding bow to smooth out the rough spots. I confess that back when I taught decoy carving, my most challenged students produced better stuff. Still, I’m proud that I made the attempt.

-- Sir Robert

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#1 posted 1971 days ago

I took a carving class one time, many years ago over a two day period and I can tell you the amount of detail we were to give these decoys was staggering. We had to wood burn feathers and everything. Are you planning on any more detail, or just painting this one? I guess did ok, as a few years later when I got a Black Lab, I came home one day and the decoy was no longer on a shelf, but rather had bite marks all over the place and was a total loss. After that dog passed I vowed never to own a dog again, cat’s aren’t as violent with wooden animal replicas.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#2 posted 1971 days ago

Very nice. My dad is a decoy carver, so I know how much work is involved.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 1971 days ago

Sorry to hear of your affliction, great to see it has not effected your desire to create. Unique works are still possible. God bless….......Um, why are you using a Scaups for a reference? No mallard pictures available?

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 1971 days ago

looks great regardless of the circumstances

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 1970 days ago

Looks like some are ducking for cover on this one Sir Robert.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 1969 days ago

Hi Sir Robert;

If this is a sample of your work, with a handicap, I can’t imagine what you were doing before.

I guess each time you finished one, it flew away! Probably now living happily in one of John’s extreme birdhouses.

Excellent, under any circumstances!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 1967 days ago

Funny you should ask about the scaup photo. I dug my old cutting templates out of the garage, and the one I thought was a Lesser Scaup was not labeled. As I proceeded, I noticed the dimensions were totally wrong, so I went back to my old teaching notes and discovered it was a Mallard. I was just darn fortunate I didn’t use the bobcat template. That would have been total disaster.
One thing I wished I would have done better is to have the primaries cross. Oh well, maybe I’ll do better next time.

-- Sir Robert

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#8 posted 1967 days ago

If your deke could fool your Black Lab, it could fool ducks. That’s the acid test of good carving. I would encourage you to continue.

-- Sir Robert

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#9 posted 1967 days ago

Thanks, Grump. I would have been disappointed if I didn’t get a wise quack out of you!!!

-- Sir Robert

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#10 posted 1967 days ago

Most of my collection did in fact fly away. When I was down and out of a job years ago, a collector down in South Carolina bought most of what I had. Although it was a sad goodbye, it was nice to be able to make the mortgage payment.

-- Sir Robert

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