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hey, have you given thought to angling the shelf down on the one farthest left?

Post  george w on Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:14 am

it would give that one a rakish, drinking appearance.
On a happy note-i am not painting the last ten chests on the chiloe transformation---man, this project is taking on a life of its own, and all i wantis for it to be over so i can start some cork stuff..Pics to your home computer when the pile is mercifully over.
Have some polonia being milled this week, and i am awaiting my half--Might be fun making some hollows out of it. Friend cut a fairly big one down a number of years back, and it has been laying by the edge of his woods--Scott Green and I cut and got Kenny's help dragging and loading--Scott trailered it to millsboro last Sunday, so i am hoping to go pick up this weekend. Cool


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Post  Davey Welsh on Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:23 am

I have a drinker I just cutout today! Well surface feeder to be exact. Got the heads glued on today so I can finish shaping then cut in side pockets. Last step will be drilling up from the bottom into the heads to insert wooden dowels...no heads falling off!


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Post  george w on Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:34 am

a lot of guys use dowels--when i did wood, i did also. The drawback with cork with wood heads and dowels is that you really have to remember to not use the heads as handles, when picking up the dekes-I found that exerting that pressure constantly loosened the head.
From bottom, i have been using a long deck screw and a dowel--Between that and the gorilla, i can pretty much torque the heads down, then seal with plastic wood.
If you find the dowels are just fine, have at it! If i keep mesing with the wood stuff, i may end up switching back, jut for tradition's sake. Wink
One3 thing for sure, putting a number of variations in the rig will really make for a much more natural appearance out where you intend to mess with ducks!!


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Re: February Workbench

Post  Ed Lewandowski on Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:01 am

Cork mallard pair for the rig. Hoping to add about 10 more to my decoy bag over the next few months.

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Post  george w on Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:59 am

Ed, did you wash the hen yet? Head may need a B U wash to kill some of the blondness . You getting bettah, buddy!! Hens are fun, eh? Grinding two of them today.


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Post  Ed Lewandowski on Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:21 pm

Thanks, George. Yep... hens are a real freakin' blast! Just love the frustration in trying to get the feathering to look somewhat authentic. And yes... I did the BU wash; probably have to give it another light wash though.

Got a wood duck pair grinded out and sanded up this morning. Waiting for the wood filler in the screw hole to dry; should be ready to GAC & black tomorrow. Donating them to my local DU chapter for their dinner in a couple weeks. Chapter chair gave me some comp tickets to attend, so I figured what the heck.
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Post  Capt. Larry M on Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:42 pm

clearing some decoys off the carving bench before I start carving a Canvasback rig, a lesson with Paul Dobrosky has improved my carving greatly

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Post  Davey Welsh on Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:19 pm

Great looking bird Larry!

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Post  Davey Welsh on Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:52 pm

I just got this greenhead close to being ready for paint. I think he came out pretty good. I'm trying to not put detail into the bill...just shape it and go.


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Post  george w on Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:29 pm

all you need--you can paint the nostrils and nail!! Very Happy

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Post  Davey Welsh on Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:22 pm

george w wrote:all you need--you can paint the nostrils and nail!! Very Happy

Yup! The only thing I did was take a wood burner to outline the bill. The mallard I did before didn't have anything to outline the bill and it was a pain trying to paint the bill right. So out of making things easier, I just burned the bill in so I can see it when I paint.


By the way Ed, that is a great mallard pair!! They look awefully familiar...I can tell you're learning from George. Laughing They're nice though.

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Post  george w on Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:48 pm

gotta get Ed to get a small chest freezer to keep sepcimens--Lots easier getting to colors when bodies are in front of you--Photos are great for various positions, BUT, imo, the viewer of the pics is kind of captured by the photographer's choice of light-ie sunshine, cloudy, early late---The aesthetics of photos, i lke, but i have relied upon the bodies for at least twenty years--Used to take the old canon fx with 90-240 telephoto with a 2X converter off on camera hunts early on in the provcess--Amassed a a rather extensive collection of slides--Still use them ocvcasionally, but they are languishing on shelves in the dungeon. Wink Embarassed
Davey, with experience, you will tend to avoid having to burn the nail process--Trick is to do the half that seems hardest first, as in left side if right handed--When you do that, the urge to just do a fast mark will leave, and you will instead, focus on the shape of the left side of the nail, if facing it. Trust me, it works--You will become conscious of your verbal left brain leaving you alone, and the visual right takes over.
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Post  Capt. Larry M on Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:30 pm

Another one that I finished today Hen Broadie

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Post  Ed Lewandowski on Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:23 am

Finished the woodie hen. As George suggested, I used the bird as a reference. Helped match up some colors, but I'm still not happy with it. Tertials and scaps could be better and I need to either redirect the primaries or extend the side pocket a bit so I can add the blue/white specs. Easy to become a critic of your own work when looking at a photo!

Think I'll black it up and start over again. But first, I'll paint the drake...

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Post  george w on Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:37 am

more raw umber on the sides and chest of her---Nice pose, and the paint you have on is pretty spiffy, if not a mite errant! Could be that coloration is the result of the light source for the photo, too. Embarassed Going to e mail you something, if i have it!

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Post  Davey Welsh on Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:28 pm

Ed, I don't think that hen woodie is bad at all. Maybe just go a tad lighter on her side pockets, but for a gunner, thats just fine!

Larry, I like your hen broadie. Think she's a little dark on the side pockets though?

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Post  Ed Lewandowski on Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:04 am

Thanks, Davey! Decided not to touch that hen after all. As George would tell me... "It's just a decoy."

Here's her mate for our local DU chapter's dinner/auction next weekend. Painted him up this evening.

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Post  Davey Welsh on Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:19 am

Great job on the Drake Ed! I like him!

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Post  george w on Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:43 am

Great transition between the back and chest, fella!! Nice, smooth changeover, for sure..Pretty good overall coloration --Woodie is a great example of the simple yet elegant thought on paint!! Wink

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Post  Ed Lewandowski on Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:02 am

Thanks. I appreciate the feedback from other decoy-makers.

George: That pair makes it #76 & #77. Should reach 100 by summer. Gotta get crankin' on my Westlake birds. Already have two cut-outs done. Haven't decided yet on the 3rd species to attempt.
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Post  george w on Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:16 am

Ed. good to see you are approaching the century mark--It amazes me how quickly those little bridges are reached! Just wait, in a few years, you will be looking for a shed to store them! Luckily, most have gone elsewhere, but it is good that your own rig is expanding.

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Post  Davey Welsh on Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:17 pm

george w wrote: but it is good that your own rig is expanding.

That is what I need George. I need to build up my own rig. Problem is it gets expensive, so I sell decoys to buy more materials. Very Happy

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Post  Capt. Larry M on Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:37 am

Just cleared the bench of all outstanding projects just started working on a rig of Cans



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Post  Davey Welsh on Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:51 am

Like that Broadie Larry!

I've been busy as shit at work so I haven't made much progress with my workbench. Today I finished burning the bills and got the eyes set. The bird on the right is already sealed and ready for primer, but I may shorten the bill. For some reason it looks too long for a mallard lol! Hopefully tomorrow I'll have the time to get the other 3 finished and sealed. So far I like this rig. Nice and thick tails and wooden dowels in the heads, they should be very durable.


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Post  Capt. Larry M on Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:10 am

looks good, agreed that bill looks more like one for a Can
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