First Wooden Duck Decoy

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  1. ThatGuyCF

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    Though not specifically a bushcraft or field related topic, I thought you all might enjoy this.

    An expert duck decoy carver in my town has agreed to take me under his wing (pun extremely intended) and teach me how to carve decoys. I'm very lucky to have such a skilled worker that is willing to pass down his craft to the next generation. This will be the first big thing I've carved besides small twig projects while waiting for Mr. Buck to show himself in the clover patch. It'll be a miniature, not a full sized decoy.

    I don't have any real carving tools so I'll be making due with what I have, ranging from various sized pocket knives to my ESEE 4, Fallkniven F1, and Mora.

    I figure this can be an ongoing thread of my progress from start to finish. We cut out a rough shape and marked what needed to be cut. All will be done by hand with very little help from power tools. Hope everyone enjoys!

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    Here's the first update. After about 3 hours I have managed to crudely round out the shoulders. It's no professional-grade work, but it's coming along nicely if I do say so myself!

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    So far I've only used the Mora, and it's performed great


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    Tupelo! It's a very light colored and lightweight wood. Doesn't chip or gouge as easily as something soft like pine, and easier to carve on for longer than a hardwood.
     
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    My father carved duck decoys when I was younger. He cut them in half so he could hallow out the middle then glued them back together. He also made a little place on the underside that he would fill with lead so if they tipped over they would always right their selves back up.
     
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    Really interesting! And a good idea as well.
     
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    Lots of guys here in my area use home carved decoys. A friend of mine has done a bunch. Art Ladehoff. I just brought him a bunch of paper a few weeks back as he likes to draw his decoys first.
     
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    A big thing here is to use a carved decoy for the ashes of your gun dog. Lots of them are made just for this. They hollow out the decoy then fit a bottom on the decoy to seal it up. I have one being made right now for my first dog I ever had.
     
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    That's a really cool idea. I may have to steal that for myself.....it would just be sitting on the shelf though. I couldn't bring myself to risk losing it


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    I hear you. But the tradition of this is to take the decoy out at least once a year and use it to honor your dog. And hopefully being able to shoot a duck over it.
     
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    Like this idea.......thanks...
    OP ....nice work so far...made a few while watching a job run, years ago in my factory days....

    Mine were very crude....think "head on a block"....I can see why oldtimers in this area, call them (blocks)....LOL
    More something to do....and wishing I was in the blind.
     
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    Very interesting! Looking forward to seeing it progress.
     
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    Sorry, couldn't resist.
    I'll go stand in the corner now...
     
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    That's awesome! It's a bushcraft related skill/item for sure. Keep us updated, can't wait to see it completed :dblthumb:
     
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    Looking good so far!
     
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    This is such a cool tread! @ThatGuyCF seems like a great opportunity. Very Funny @MrFixIt

    I guess I'm gonna have to carve one, one day too. I have a good friend that is really into her hunting dogs.
     
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    You're off to a great start. I used to carve decoys too, and like you was fortunate enough to have a master help me along. I have a big goal of carving a turkey decoy soon.
     

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