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Can I get some critiques

Postby muskrat24 » Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:56 pm

I've never carved anything in my life but I've been interested in carving my own decoys. Started about two weeks ago off and on and finally finished up the paint job. Was wondering if I could get some critiques from you guys. I know its not gonna win no awards but was hoping that it would at least look good enough to hunt? What do you guys think?

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Re: Can I get some critiques

Postby Baymen Moe » Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:09 pm

Looks good to me, but I'll admit I have never seen a Bufflehead at rest, and where I live I see tons in winter.
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Re: Can I get some critiques

Postby woodduck31 » Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:23 pm

you'd probably want a little more white on the head, overall the carving is fine. Use the eye and bill as a reference for where you want to extend the white. Here's a link to a good reference. http://hughvandervoort.com/?attachment_id=5642
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Re: Can I get some critiques

Postby ScaupHunter » Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:26 pm

Extend that white way forward towards the eye on the bird. It should just touch the back of the eye area.
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Re: Can I get some critiques

Postby eagles2069 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:41 pm

The only problem I see with that is that now you have to carve 23 more haha. Nice work for your first one. Any tips that woodduck gives you 100% take it. His work is pretty incredible. I agree with him and Scaup that the white patch needs to be bigger. Keep up the good work. :thumbsup:
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Re: Can I get some critiques

Postby mudpack » Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:18 pm

How does he float?

The floating of a decoy is important. Let's see that bad boy in a dish pan full of water.....
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Re: Can I get some critiques

Postby muskrat24 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:57 pm

Finally got some time after work to do a float test of my first foamer.

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Re: Can I get some critiques

Postby mudpack » Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:21 am

Carve the next one so that the tail comes right down to the waterline. The top of the tail feathers should be just about level or level with the water.

Also, round the sides of the body more; there are no flat areas on a duck. Altogether, pretty fair for the first decoy. :thumbsup:
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Re: Can I get some critiques

Postby muskrat24 » Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:33 am

Thank you for the advice mudpack
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