What's on everybody's workbench ...?

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby The Waterfowler » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:16 pm

Getting back in the swing of things. Have been skinning like a madman, 67 birds in the last two weeks, and now time to mount some. Nice to spend the day in the shop putting something together and completing a few unfinished projects. Finally got one of my Snows painted and mounted a Gadwall and Brewer's Duck for clients. Best looking Brewer's I've seen in recent memory.

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby beretta24 » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:18 pm

I like that gaddy pose Pat. Well done on the rest too.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby The Waterfowler » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:25 pm

Thanks think Gadwalls are highly under-appreciated. I think they are one of the most well marked and neat looking ducks we have in N.A.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby beretta24 » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:30 pm

Agreed, I like their unique vocals as well.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby sprigpig1 » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:55 pm

Cool Pat you got my collared snow goose done :lol: lol I wish!! I'm not lucky enough to ever shoot a collared bird. :mad:
Great looking stuff as usual Pat. The brewers is especially nice.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby The Waterfowler » Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:07 pm

They aren't collaring any more Snows since so many get rifle shot. Got to be dangerous down our way. The Mississippi G&F busted a guy doing it and went to his home and confiscated a mother load of them. Got a picture of them somewhere.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby sprigpig1 » Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:27 pm

That's a shame.. I wouldn't want one that way. Still cool to see other guys getting them. My buddy got a collared Ross about two weeks ago just across the property I hunt. :mad: no, I was happy for him. Let's see the pics whenever you find em Pat.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby The Waterfowler » Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:02 pm

Confiscated neck collars and leg bands.

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby sprigpig1 » Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:24 pm

Good night!! That is crazy. Thanks for sharing Pat.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby Pete-pec » Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:04 am

Disgusting!

Nice stuff Pat. Time for me to get motivated as well. Turkey season takes up a lot of my time this time of year, but I need to make some time to do a little work my own self.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby montana bound » Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:11 pm

One goose on the wall and one that almost went through the wall . LOL

Have a goose that was going to be a standing mount but after a good nights sleep tonight it may become a bird with wings cupped hanging from the ceiling of my shop tomorrow.

just can't get the darn wings to rest in the proper position.

Heres the one on the wall, ready for some preening.

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby montana bound » Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:12 pm

Very nice birds Pat! :thumbsup:
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby cinnamon » Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:36 pm

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My son took this bird on the junior hunt this year.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby fowlweatherfowler » Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:48 pm

Really liking the attitude of that sprig.

I find standing birds to be harder to get right. The wings need to be placed high enough and the skin taxied right to allow the pocket feathers to fall into place. A flying bird is just more wiring and set up. Keep at it and don't give up. If you feel overwhelmed cover in plastic and put it somewhere cold and come back to it.

Doe anyone have some reference pictures for that diving pose I see quite a few doing with teal and that brewers suck? Kinda think I want to do something like that with the gadwall, pintail, or wigeon
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby cinnamon » Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:10 pm

That is an awesome Brewer's!! Really like seeing your stuff Mr. Pitt.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby The Waterfowler » Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:18 pm

Thank you Cinnamon.

Couldn't go turkey hunting with the miserable weather we're having so I mounted me a pair of Mexican Mallards. Will get a better picture when they are dry and painted. This drake (top) had very few pinfeathers which is unusual for non-migratory ducks. I don't get to mount as many for myself and my sons like I would like. Think I'll dedicated Sunday afternoons for us.

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby Pete-pec » Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:56 pm

Looking good cinnamon.

Pinfeathers might be an understatement lol. Nice job Pat. I have a Mexican coming up soon. Parts ordered, now to pull my head out of my ass and get back into things. I swear I had seasonal depression after this damned winter we had here!

Just finished my Daughter's and my fans from last season. I bought some shiny fabric and glued them to a template to cover the downy feathers.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby beretta24 » Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:06 pm

Pete-pec wrote:Looking good cinnamon.

Pinfeathers might be an understatement lol. Nice job Pat. I have a Mexican coming up soon. Parts ordered, now to pull my head out of my ass and get back into things. I swear I had seasonal depression after this damned winter we had here!

Just finished my Daughter's and my fans from last season. I bought some shiny fabric and glued them to a template to cover the downy feathers.

Pics???
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby Pete-pec » Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:12 pm

beretta24 wrote:
Pete-pec wrote:Looking good cinnamon.

Pinfeathers might be an understatement lol. Nice job Pat. I have a Mexican coming up soon. Parts ordered, now to pull my head out of my ass and get back into things. I swear I had seasonal depression after this damned winter we had here!

Just finished my Daughter's and my fans from last season. I bought some shiny fabric and glued them to a template to cover the downy feathers.

Pics???


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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby sprigpig1 » Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:01 pm

Montana- gotta love them big ol black necks

Cinnamon- that's gonna be one happy kid.. Nice work

Pat- sweet pair of mejicano ducks

Pete- cool stuff... Your daughter is a trooper.
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby fowlweatherfowler » Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:39 pm

Had my brother over tonight to help me assemble all the birds on a perfect piece of driftwood I found Saturday. Still have to paint the feet and add a hen black duck at some point but all in all I like it just may have to change walls in the house

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby The Waterfowler » Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:16 pm

Turkeys not gobbling here yet so I'm in the shop getting some birds mounted. Both these go to Colorado and were killed in Mexico. The Mexican Mallard will have a hen with him.

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby luciengwin4 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 4:23 am

Well this guy added some excitement to my day :hammer:
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Re: What's on everybody's workbench ...?

Postby The Waterfowler » Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:29 am

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