Any NM Decoy Carvers out there

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Any NM Decoy Carvers out there

Postby willkess » Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:51 pm

Hi All,

Over the past couple of years I've gotten into carving and painting decoys. Just wondering if there are any others decoy makers around the state. Looking for some people to swap advice and techniques with.

Below are a couple of pics of what I've been making.

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Hope everyone is getting excited about duck season,

Will
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Re: Any NM Decoy Carvers out there

Postby StevenL » Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:08 pm

nice work. really nice
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Re: Any NM Decoy Carvers out there

Postby PeterJarmo » Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:55 pm

Very nice work. I would like to get into carving decoys at some point. What kind of wood do you typically use? What knives do you use? Any good beginner books you would recommend?
Thanks,
Pete
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Re: Any NM Decoy Carvers out there

Postby willkess » Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:11 am

I have been using sugar pine for all of the heads and most of the bodies. On a couple of bodies I used some leftover Western Red Cedar scraps from fence posts and such. Use anything that carves easy, is light and has a uniform grain. Some people use basswood for the heads and cedar for the body.

As for knives I have an old 3" German carbon steel pocket knife that sharpens really easy so I prefer it to stainless steel. I have a really small thin knife for details and a couple of small chisels. For doing the bodies I rough them out with a draw knife (there's always people selling them at the flea market.) and use rasps and a sureform to round the body.

I started with this book http://www.amazon.com/Making-Decoys-The-Century-Old-Way/dp/0870335790 it has nice full color photos.

It is a really relaxing and rewarding activity.

Enjoy
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Re: Any NM Decoy Carvers out there

Postby PeterJarmo » Sun Sep 15, 2013 5:54 pm

Cool, Thanks for the tips and the book link. I will check it out...
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Re: Any NM Decoy Carvers out there

Postby desert water fowler » Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:56 pm

Those decoys look great more art than decoy!

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