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This wood duck decoy is handcarved from bass wood, then painted life like. He is one of the pretiest in the duck species. Their habitat is mostly in the marsh lands, nesting in wood boxes or hollowed tree trunks. Swift in flight. Back feathers are carved as well. About 13” long x about 6” wide. Handsome fellow he is! All Decoys are numbered and dated by year, and signed by the carver. Has several coats satin varnish applied and glass eyes.
Thanks for coming to my GALLERY!

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 2359 days ago

you are cookin-with-gas on this one ! another beautiful duck presented with great photography skills too.

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 2359 days ago

Hi Dave,

I wondered when you were going to showcase one of these. They are absolutely beautiful birds. I agree that this is one of the more colorful birds to watch. And this is a beautiful carving. It is much too nice to simply label it as a decoy, however. These are usually rather bland and bear only a semblance to reality. This is a work of art. I simply could not imagine putting this one to work. It should be in a display case.

Again, thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 2359 days ago

Hi Dave!

I agree with you, the Wood duck is about the most beautiful in the duck family.

I was on a river canoing once, & in the 7 mile stretch, a pair of wood ducks kept just ahead of us the whole time..

I love your carving talent, & your painting skills are exceptional.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 2359 days ago

Hows it sit in the water?

Nice decoy, I collect them (at least my own) and can totally appreciate the work involved.

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

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#5 posted 2359 days ago

That is awesome, How many hours does it take to complete something like that.

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#6 posted 2359 days ago

Wow Dave the ducks are impressive. I like the way you give a description of the duck and how you carved it. You’ve got talent. (I’ll keep my little carved dog on a tether so he doesn’t chase your ducks!)

Looking forward to more of your beautiful work.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#7 posted 2359 days ago

That is truly amazing, what beautiful work!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#8 posted 2358 days ago

When I went into broadcast journalism during my first career they said “you should know something else beside broadcasting in order to be a success.” They’d point to the reporters who covered the Supreme Court. They were all lawyers. They’d point to the health reporters…they were doctors. The football game announcers were all ex-footballers. Here we see an example of a naturalist…who just happens to like woodworking. The most successful are those who multiply their interests…this painted piece of wood is a duck. It might not quack…but it’s a duck.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#9 posted 2357 days ago

That is beautiful. You certainly have some talent. I would assume that it takes as much talent to paint the bird as it does to carve it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 2351 days ago

now THIS one is my favourite.. just too beautiful of a bird not to be a favourite

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#11 posted 2024 days ago

The bird looks great! Does anyone else look at this type of duck and think of star wars? I think their heads look like a storm trooper or darth vader helmet.

-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17

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John Gray

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#12 posted 2024 days ago

I love Wood Ducks (used to eat them cooked with wild rice in a past life time, but that’s another story my kids just loved it) and yours is splendid, thanks for the post.
PS – I don’t kill things to eat or otherwise anymore except for an occasional human being. LOL

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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