|Project by dlcarver||posted 03-21-2008 11:51 PM||2198 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
The Canvasback is carved from basswood in two pieces….... the head and the body. To make an Antique duck one must first carve the fellow of course, then he has to be painted, (sort of life-like) by that I mean, you need the colors all in the right places…...( but you don’t have to be quite so meticulous about it ), you can get away with a few cracks and flaws in the wood…. which actually enhance the Antique. After the painting, you must distress the carving. I literally beat up my carving…. I use a heavy screw driver, a piece of metal with square sharp points on the corners, I use the round shank of the screw driver as well. Certain places I know I am going to burn, I will leave heavy layers of the paint exist. Where the paint is heavy it allows me to torch burn the area and actually make the paint boil right on the carving. Making it somewhat bubbly and worn. When painting, I leave some bare spots allowing the wood to burn more easily. Before torch burning the decoy, I take a flat grinding stone or high speed steel grinder in my Foredom flexible shaft with motor and make a handmade wood grain effect. He is lifesize. He still gets the glass eyes and has several coats of satin varnish applied.
THANKS FOR VIEWING MY GALLERY!
Note: You must be careful in distressing the decoy…. I have broken a bill before. The idea of nicking it is to resemble having been shot with buckshot BB’s. So you have to nick the wood as opposed to poking the wood.
-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,http://dlcarver.etsy.com