Repairing Old Cork Decoys, Phase 3

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Repairing Old Cork Decoys, Phase 3

Postby MassDecoyCarver » Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:01 am

This is Phase 3, the bodies

I will post Phase 4 in a few days, whick will show the final and completed decoys.
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Bodies with all repair and filled areas in bondo
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Bodies flocked
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Bodies in primer
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Bodies and heads, flocked and with primer
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Bodies with first layers of color
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Re: Repairing Old Cork Decoys, Phase 3

Postby Slack Tide » Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:50 am

Looking sweet so far, nice work. I'm surprised you decided to flock cork bodies?
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Re: Repairing Old Cork Decoys, Phase 3

Postby MassDecoyCarver » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:43 am

Thanks for the compliment Slack.

The reason for flocking is two-fold.
It adds a layer of hard shell protection against damage and abraision, and I've found that the areas where the repairs were made will always have a different surface than the cork. The paint will always be slightly glossy over these areas, etc. So flocking the entire body (and the head) provides a uniform surface for paint.

As you'll see in the final photos, they still resemble cork when completed.
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Re: Repairing Old Cork Decoys, Phase 3

Postby Slack Tide » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:50 am

Are you turning them into black duck again? Not sure about your paint scheme...
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Re: Repairing Old Cork Decoys, Phase 3

Postby MassDecoyCarver » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:33 am

These are going to become mallards, 2 drakes and a hen

I have plenty of LL Bean blacks, but have always wanted to get some cork mallards, then I can throw my plastics away !
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Re: Repairing Old Cork Decoys, Phase 3

Postby Slack Tide » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:06 am

Ok, got it. The primer threw me off for blacks.
I have a pair of never used mag blacks from the early 80's in the original box...
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Re: Repairing Old Cork Decoys, Phase 3

Postby MassDecoyCarver » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:18 am

Those are nice !!! You should hunt over them !
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Re: Repairing Old Cork Decoys, Phase 3

Postby Slack Tide » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:11 am

I'm thinking more about it....you think they are worth anything? They are MINT mint....
I'm still sketchy about having a variety of sizes and paint schemes (even of the same species) in the same spread...
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Re: Repairing Old Cork Decoys, Phase 3

Postby Have Gun Will Travel » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:27 am

Nice work on the repairs man. They are coming along nicely.


Slack birds dont look exactly the same in real life. I think a variation in size and color can help. It works for me anyway.
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Re: Repairing Old Cork Decoys, Phase 3

Postby Slack Tide » Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:23 am

I hear you, I'm talking about a pair of blacks that I made, then a pair of EAllens, then a pair of mag corks.....
I dunno...
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Re: Repairing Old Cork Decoys, Phase 3

Postby hankyorke » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:45 am

You'll probably get 150ish + on the auction site for them. Hunted Beans are getting 25-40 each right now. Won't know unless you list them unfortunately.

As far as a mixed spread, I like to mix things up, sizes, species, paint schemes.
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Re: Repairing Old Cork Decoys, Phase 3

Postby Have Gun Will Travel » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:58 am

Slack Tide wrote:I hear you, I'm talking about a pair of blacks that I made, then a pair of EAllens, then a pair of mag corks.....
I dunno...


My black duck rig consists of 6 FA's, two old victors left over from my dad's gunning days, and a cedar pair I carved. All totally different sizes and paint. Heck the victors are more gray than anything. They dont mind it one bit.
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Re: Repairing Old Cork Decoys, Phase 3

Postby Slack Tide » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:20 pm

Have Gun Will Travel wrote:
Slack Tide wrote:I hear you, I'm talking about a pair of blacks that I made, then a pair of EAllens, then a pair of mag corks.....
I dunno...


My black duck rig consists of 6 FA's, two old victors left over from my dad's gunning days, and a cedar pair I carved. All totally different sizes and paint. Heck the victors are more gray than anything. They dont mind it one bit.


You're corning.... :yes:
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Re: Repairing Old Cork Decoys, Phase 3

Postby MassDecoyCarver » Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:32 am

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