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Offline Dave Speer

decoy carve-in pictures
« on: June 29, 2015, 03:11:19 PM »
Friday night Jacob and I dined on a feast my wife made of Mahi Mahi covered in a White Flesh Peach Salsa, Smoked Basmati Rice, and Arugula Salad topped with Fried Goat Cheese, then we headed out to the shop to cut out head blanks to carve on Saturday morning.



As you can tell my wife is a hobby chef, so when we woke up Saturday morning we found this note on the coffee maker.  Kristan "He Done!" grinds a head here.  He got the nickname because everytime we'd start a new project, he'd be done about the time Jacob "Spoonie Lickin" and I "Slow down over there, you can either be fast or good!" got done drawing our lines on the wood.



At some point during the morning, we took a 5 minute breather to float one of Jacob "Spoonie Lickin's" recent frond decoys.



Jacob gets a bite of spoonie while Kristan "He Done!" sets some eyes.


We finished up the hollywoods and took a lunch break, greeted by more post it notes in the fridge.  (That's a baby peach pie)





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Offline Dave Speer

Re: decoy carve-in pictures
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2015, 03:11:43 PM »

After lunch we put away the dust makers and broke out the paint, we were focusing more on techniques than finished decoys this weekend.



I really wish this picture had come out better.  That's Kristan's BWT, Jacob's half finished hen in the foreground, and my bird in the background that only ever got blocked in.



What can I say, it had been a long day and we had to stop SOMEWHERE!  My wife cooked us BBQ chicken, potato salad, sweet corn on the cob, garlic bread, and salad with homemade ranch.



We took a much needed dip in the pool (beer and antics),




...ate some homemade strawberry pie and called it a night.



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Offline Dave Speer

Re: decoy carve-in pictures
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2015, 03:11:57 PM »

Sunday morning, Kristan cut some stock out on the saw while Jacob and I painted.  Kristan's bandsaw is in storage so I told him to bring some wood and cut out some blocks while he was at my place.



Kristan got the idea to take a picture of where we came from and where we are.  We joked a few days earlier about throwing each of our first three birds in my pool and giving an award to "best worst" ;)  Left to right, Jacob's birds, Kristan's, mine.




Blocked in drakes.



Painting details.



Finished practice boards.



A snack we forgot to eat.



And something totally unexpected happened at the end.  Kristan insisted in giving each of us a decoy before he got on his way home.  I forgot to get a picture of Jacob's but it is just as cool as this one.  We couldn't decide which ones we liked best after Kristan left two on my shelf and said "you guys choose."


Offline Rob James

Re: decoy carve-in pictures
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2015, 03:46:15 PM »
WOW!!!
What a great time that looks like. With all of that delicious looking grub, I'd have never left the kitchen
"When you don't know what you're doing it's best to do it quickly" - Jase Robertson

Offline george williams

Re: decoy carve-in pictures
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2015, 04:34:49 PM »
Indeed! Nice shop time, for sure AND kudos to the cook are a MUST!  In spite of the gustatory interference, you fellows appear to have gotten quite a bit accomplished. ;)
so many carvers, so few decoy makers

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Offline Vince Pagliaroli

Re: decoy carve-in pictures
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2015, 05:04:31 PM »
Blue ribbons for the Food and the Chef, the decoy creativity looks good also. Food = Fuel for productivity. ;D

Offline Jeffrey Nelson

Re: decoy carve-in pictures
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2015, 08:06:30 AM »
Amazing you guys got anything done with all the fine eats, but I think your wife wins the blue ribbon for dealing with you guys. I think she was thinking if I feed them they will become lethargic and not cause to much trouble?  Looks like a good time, Jeff

Offline Lloyd Heins

Re: decoy carve-in pictures
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2015, 09:02:47 AM »
Awesome Dave!  What a fun weekend.     
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Offline RickC

Re: decoy carve-in pictures
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2015, 10:37:00 AM »
Looks like an awesome time Dave!
Blessings,
Rick

Offline Willy McDonald

Re: decoy carve-in pictures
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2015, 10:55:41 AM »
Special K is a carving/painting machine. He would probably beat GW in a head to head match up. Even the drying time of "oils" doesn't slow him down......he just keeps on blending until the paint is dry.
 :) ;) :D ;D

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Offline Dave Speer

Re: decoy carve-in pictures
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2015, 07:36:25 AM »
We DID eat guys!  Haha.  Looking back on it, we didn't "accomplish" a lot but I can tell ya we spent about 20 hours in the shop and enjoyed every minute.  Sometimes I tell my wife the only reason I agreed to buy this particular house was for the insulated shop in the back :D

Special K is a carving/painting machine. He would probably beat GW in a head to head match up. Even the drying time of "oils" doesn't slow him down......he just keeps on blending until the paint is dry.
 :) ;) :D ;D

Willy

Kristan did say "that's what Willy always tells me, SLOW DOWN!"  Jacob and I were deep in a painting session Sunday when he packed up to leave, I didn't realize he was packing up and never even get a chance to see how his rig was turning out.  One minute he was cutting out bodies, next minute he was asking for a holding fixture for the vise in the bench behind us. One glance I saw he had a bird roughed out pretty good.  I wouldn't be surprised if he had 3 bodies roughed out and packed up in the time it took us to block in our teal drakes.

Offline Willy McDonald

Re: decoy carve-in pictures
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2015, 01:06:41 PM »
Faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, carve and paint a decoy 0-60 blending in 30 min.............it's SUPER K.

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