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Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby Beamer06 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:34 pm

I decieded to try and make a dozen buffies to start and it will help pass the time until next season. Just curious if anyone guns over the own blocks? I wanna try cork but i think il stick to foam for now. Not bad for my first i dont think.
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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby toolmaker » Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:11 pm

a buffy was my first decoy!!, i made a rig of 16 brant hollowed out cork with cedar heads...all my hunting buddies just stepped all over them splitting them, cracking heads and ruining the paint....

then they started to absorb water( this was after you couldnt get the waterproof wiley cork any more)

and weighed a ton.....

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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby Beamer06 » Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:51 am

These foamers are super light and just know when you shoot them they won't sink! My buddies buffies are like pasta strainers cuz they are always landing right on top of the deeks and they fly so low to the water,so well see how well they hold up if at all.
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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby SquadIrons » Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:50 pm

I always wanted to, but never knew where to start or where to get material from. I don't have a band saw either so I assume it would be difficult to rip them down to rough size.
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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby O2Fsh » Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:26 pm

I'd love to learn how. You teaching?

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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby Beamer06 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:50 am

I got all the material at the depot..I just started so I don't know if I'd be the 1 to teach you! It is pretty easy tho aslong as your semi handy..I have a band saw but actually cut out all the blocks with a drywall saw.. I think it was faster but def alil more work. You can pm me and I can give you as much info as I can.
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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby JimG » Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:22 pm

I make decoys

Cork is easy to work with...TAN cork....

White cedar is better

Foam....what's the point? Easier to shape the cork.

I'm in a shopless situation right now but am willing to make arrangements to show somebody the ropes once it warms up as my workspace is mostly outdoors.

A sheet of TAN cork is around $90 delivered and you get around 7 big blacks/mallards out of it and a teal. Head material, eyes, paint, expoxy, etc and your cost per decoy is in the $25-$30 range.
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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby Beamer06 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:36 pm

Hey Jim I've never worked with cork before but would love to learn or maybe see how you do it/etc. I started with foam due to
the ease of shaping.Where do you order it from? Can you post a pic of 1 of your corks? And lemme know when ul be doing it and maybe we can make arrangements to meet up? Thanks
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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby JimG » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:18 pm

Not a problem... it's part of waterfowling's heritage and needs to be passed along...


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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby JimG » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:21 pm

All the tools you need to make cork dekes

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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby JimG » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:23 pm

Black cork...pain in the ***

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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby JimG » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:29 pm

started sketching my own patterns too (right side is probably cut off. I don't know why this site won't take a full size pic)

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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby Beamer06 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:19 pm

Wow they look awesome! I'd love the oppurtunity to see you work and pick up a few tips! Just lemme know so I can try and get some cork ordered and handy!
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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby JimG » Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:28 pm

Hmm. Cost of cork went up. Plan on a little over $100 for a 4"x24"x36" sheet delivered. $83/sheet plus around $20 for UPS.

You buy the cork from Willy at The Duck Blind...... www.theduckblind.com He's got some Basswood there for heads, or you can get some white cedar from Wendellwood in Maine. You can also use pine, but you want WHITE pine or SUGAR pine.

Eyes you get from Tohickon Eyes....9mm Brown for mallards/blacks.....Keep it simple for now....let's just talk black ducks. around $2 a pair.

Assembly.......MARINE EPOXY....get some cabosil and glass bubbles for filler. Decent pricing from US Composites. Eyes get installed with epoxy putty.

Paint: Keep it simple and think Acrylic Paint....which basically for decoy purposes means Jansens which you get from Willy or from MDI woodcarvers in Maine, or MATTE Golden acrylics which you get from The Italian Art Store. Oh, you thought paint comes in a kit? You mix your own, sometimes right on the bird...but first you need to seal the cork which means Jansens cork sealer which is an exclusive for Willy, or Golden GAC 700
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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby O2Fsh » Tue Feb 22, 2011 6:44 pm

Wow!!! I feel a meeting of the minds coming on. I may have access to my VFW post's meeting room if we need a place to work sometime this spring/summer. It is in Seymour, CT.

If necessary, I can make arrangements to have the meeting at Sherwood Island State Park or even Hammonassett State Park.

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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby ajgct » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:07 pm

Jim / nice decoys.
I would be interested in an informal get together for some carving.
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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby O2Fsh » Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:59 pm

Hey all.... lets make this happen this Spring/Summer.

PM me and we'll start planning some dates/places.


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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby we bad x 2 » Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:47 am

nice job looks great :thumbsup:
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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby commit » Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:48 pm

Hey Jim,

Nice work on your deeks, I've been interested in trying my hand at carving my own as an off season project. but like others didn't know where to start for materials. Thanks for all the good information, looking forward to more info if a project day gets established.

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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby JimG » Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:38 am

always willing to help somebody get started.....even though I'm not really good at it....you want to see good local guys work you need to see Pete Revicki, Rich Chmiel, Bob Harris many many others....the issue is making my hands do what my brain envisions.... :lol3: :lol3: Don't think of it as art, think of it as a craft. It's really not that hard.

My problem: I'm pretty close to being a transient right now. ALL of my hand tools are in a storage unit and my bandsaw and drill press in my dad's basement.....I'm hoping to have new digs soon after the New Year.

Rick, you were standing 5 feet from my deeks on Saturday, would have been happy to let you take a closer look

Potential decoy makers.... to make mallards or blacks you will get 7 or 8 bodies out of a sheet of cork with maybe a teal sized piece leftover. Buy it from www.theduckblind.com . his current posted price is $86 for a 24x36x4 inch sheet. Shipping is going to be $20 plus as it's heavy as hell. Monitor ebay for carving blocks of white cedar, white pine...WHITE pine, Sugar pine, or basswood. 3" thick by 5 or 6" wide and probably 6" long minimum per head...

You'll find that each decoy is going to run you $25-$30 each to make when you factor in the materials, paint, epoxy, eyes, etc.

I''ll try to put together a materials/tool list over the next few weeks....
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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby O2Fsh » Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:14 am

Thanks Jim!!
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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby WhatIsDucky? » Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:02 pm

This is great stuff. Something I always wanted to try, this seems to serve as a needed kick in the ass. Keep the info coming, it's greatly appreciated.
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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby HarrisDecoys » Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:49 pm

Hi there, We make our own decoys or at least make decoys. :) We are in Old Saybrook and our family has been making decoys here since the 30's.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Harris-D ... 4279816046

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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby JimG » Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:57 pm

Hey Bob, I didn't know you had a Facebook Page.....

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Re: Anyone in here make their own Decoys?

Postby O2Fsh » Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:10 pm

So, if I find a space in Fairfield, CT could we meet one evening and share? I'd love to sit and observe/learn. I'll see if my VFW post will let us use a room one evening.

Sound off if it works for you or if you'd like a different town.

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