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Offline Rob James

what is you favorite step?
« on: September 08, 2012, 01:29:55 AM »
What's your favorite step in making a decoy ( besides the final stroke of the paint brush ;))? I'll start by saying I really enjoy setting the eyes. For me, that is the point that a decoy starts to show some life...almost like it's watching me from that point on  :D
"When you don't know what you're doing it's best to do it quickly" - Jase Robertson

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what is you favorite step?
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Offline Scott Klecka

Re: what is you favorite step?
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2012, 01:41:36 AM »
Carving the body.  Actually the neck to chest joint.  I always see that as the part the makes the flow of the decoy work or not.  I screw it up as much as I get it right but it is "fun" to think about how a turned head changes that joint. 
I'm not a great carver but I play one on the internet.  :)

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Re: what is you favorite step?
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2012, 01:41:36 AM »

killerv

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Re: what is you favorite step?
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2012, 07:38:35 AM »
I like carving heads the best. If I could only have someone cut out all my body and head blanks on the bandsaw though... that's my least favorite thing to do.

Offline Scott Russell

Re: what is you favorite step?
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2012, 07:58:07 AM »
I love carving heads.   I can sit and do heads all day long.

I've got to where I hate painting.  I need someone to just sit and paint for me.   I have 8 or 9 birds that have been in the paint room for anywhere from 1-2 years now that I haven't touched.  Told myself no more carving until I catch up on paint.......it ain't working too well ::)
 
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Offline Vinnie

Re: what is you favorite step?
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2012, 08:34:32 AM »
Carving the body.  Transforming a block into the smooth shape I'm looking for.  Heads are still a bit frustrating.  Getting the neck to body transition is rewarding a well.

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Offline AlexH

Re: what is you favorite step?
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2012, 09:16:55 AM »
I love doing the heads for decoys, I don't know why, its just so much fun.  I guess its a good thing too, its a lot easier to carve decoy heads in a dorm room than the bodies
Too many hobbies, too little time.

Offline D. Fisher

Re: what is you favorite step?
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2012, 09:36:44 AM »
I like carving the bodies. I wish I could find someone to carve heads for me. Not so much the head, but the bills are especially tough for me.

Offline Michael.McCord

Re: what is you favorite step?
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2012, 06:56:33 PM »
Carving the heads for me. Or any part besides painting hens.

Offline tom modin

Re: what is you favorite step?
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2012, 07:54:55 PM »
the minute I am done sanding on a bird is my favorite part!!!!
Decoy carving is not a point and click hobby

Offline Dave Speer

Re: what is you favorite step?
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2012, 09:41:46 PM »
For me the aha moment is when the primer is blocked in.  Just enough black/white/grey color blocks to make the thing look really alive for the first time.

Offline Michael.McCord

Re: what is you favorite step?
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2012, 10:13:53 PM »
the minute I am done sanding on a bird is my favorite part!!!!

That's why I quit sanding!

Offline mcollier

Re: what is you favorite step?
« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2012, 03:48:13 PM »
If I'am doing a decortive then I like burning the feather detail the best. If I 'am doing a hunting then attaching the head and filling the neck joint.

Re: what is you favorite step?
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2012, 04:25:14 PM »
I am completly different, Bending the wires and stretching the canvas. Nothing is more satisfying than getting canvas all stretched and having NO WRINKLES!!
Yellowdogdecoys

Offline Scott Klecka

Re: what is you favorite step?
« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2012, 05:17:21 PM »
I am completly different, Bending the wires and stretching the canvas. Nothing is more satisfying than getting canvas all stretched and having NO WRINKLES!!

Heck, your 74 surely you have a WRINKLE or two.   :o ;D ;D
I'm not a great carver but I play one on the internet.  :)

BobM

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Re: what is you favorite step?
« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2012, 07:04:42 PM »
For me I have to say it is painting the decoy .Adding color and definition till the decoy begins to come alive and look beautiful.
I have struggled with painting but now it is a joy to do I love the painting of the decoy the best .
Bob M