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Title: Whats on your Workbench
Post by: Jeff Fenerty on February 07, 2019, 12:22:01 PM
Working on some black Ducks for Ducks Unlimited. They are going to pay my costs basically. Also got a commission for a Widgeon. I really just carve for fun and don't want to turn it into a "job" I don't really like the pressure of a deadline for carving.
Title: Re: Whats on your Workbench
Post by: Matt Gau on February 16, 2019, 07:14:32 PM
I am working on a Goldeneye decoy as part of a club project.

Being without a bandsaw has put a major slowdown in my carving this winter.
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Post by: Alex Levitov on February 16, 2019, 08:44:11 PM
Working on some foam hand carved geese floaters and have two new molds coming and am starting to plot that in my life.
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Post by: Jeff Fenerty on February 18, 2019, 11:56:20 AM
Black Duck ready for Paint and eyes
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Post by: Jeff Fenerty on February 25, 2019, 04:08:43 PM
Finishing up Black ducks, Thanks to George for the paint recipes!
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Post by: Jeff Fenerty on February 26, 2019, 08:53:26 AM
Updated pics
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Post by: george williams on March 01, 2019, 05:57:08 PM
Jeff, this is the only decoy that I deal with this way. I paint the head first, then do the ticking, then blend the body into the head. The tertail color is a mite strange, but is just titanium white dragged with a fan into the black duck black on the black. You are looking for a silvery gray. You can re-address the black after you have done that area. BANG! DONE.  OOps, last thing is the bill color. Then keel and repainting of the underside of the deke.
You will find that doing the head first works rather well, but only on this particular species. ;)
Jeff, the bill is rather electric! Yellow ochre, some titanium white and a bit of burnt umber for the drake, mix some mars black in to turn the base color olive for the hen/
That is waaaaay too bright, fella.
May be the angle, but I also am noting that the bill appears rather elongated.
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Post by: Alex Levitov on March 03, 2019, 12:50:56 AM
Just finished my first pour mold after some research from here.  Just a couple hundred more to do.  Any suggestions on the best, quickest and efficient tip coat?  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190303/fc7e62536789e5abe203cd75c647b03a.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190303/add9c61faf193bc29b26083c502be8f3.jpg)


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Title: Re: Whats on your Workbench
Post by: Matt Gau on March 03, 2019, 02:50:23 PM
Updated photo of my goldeneye project. Chip carved, hollowed, and glued up.
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Post by: Alex Levitov on March 04, 2019, 10:27:29 PM
Matt,

That is absolutely beautiful work.


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Post by: Vince Pagliaroli on March 05, 2019, 01:02:40 PM

Sugar Pine feeding drake Wood Duck for my rig 14.8oz.

Will seal and paint when other Wood Duck decoys now in the works are ready for paint.

No use mixing all those oil paint colors for just one decoy...
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Post by: Jeff Fenerty on March 09, 2019, 11:26:58 AM
Matt love the knife marks are you planning on keeping it that way?
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Post by: Jeff Fenerty on March 09, 2019, 11:28:40 AM
Alex is that 2 part foam?
Looking good Vince, love the feeding position.
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Post by: Jeff Fenerty on March 09, 2019, 11:39:24 AM
Black Duck update. George I agreed the bill was too bright so I added more Burnt Umber. The bill is a hair large but I think exaggerated by my photo. Here is the update. I painted the head first but how do you blend to the body without looking like a line?
Title: Re: Whats on your Workbench
Post by: Matt Gau on March 09, 2019, 11:46:56 AM
Jeff,

The knife marks will stay. That is how I finish all of my wooden birds. I carve with cedar most often and don’t like to sand it. It sets them apart from the other decoys on the table and most importantly, I like the way they look.
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Post by: Alex Levitov on March 09, 2019, 12:06:20 PM
Yeah I am using a 8lb two part foam and burlapping right now.  I’ll post pics soon
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Post by: Alex Levitov on March 09, 2019, 10:48:49 PM
First coat.  Sand, burn the loose ends and will do another coat:  paint by April lol

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Title: Re: Whats on your Workbench
Post by: Jeff Fenerty on March 10, 2019, 01:34:07 PM
Looks like you burlapped the heads ?
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Post by: Alex Levitov on March 10, 2019, 02:32:13 PM
I did on these, I am playing around with what I like.  I am used to making wood heads and I am concerned that the foam won’t take much of a beating.  So I’ll burlap a couple and apoxie sculpt a couple and see what I like.  I fully intend to abuse the ever living **** out of these decoys in cold big water, so weight is not my issue. 
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Post by: Alex Levitov on March 10, 2019, 08:00:23 PM
Should I not burlap the heads?  Someone with experience on two part mold wanna chime in?


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Post by: Matt Gau on March 12, 2019, 08:32:10 AM
 That’s the joy of carving your own decoys. You can do what you want. It’s not about what other people think you should do.
Title: Re: Whats on your Workbench
Post by: Jeff Fenerty on March 12, 2019, 08:45:13 AM
Alex that was not a criticism, more a question. Before they used to sell high density heads on here and I have heard folks using wood for heads. Just trying to learn more about folks processes. That would certainly toughen them up, just thought that would make painting a bit harder.
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Post by: Matt Gau on March 14, 2019, 12:32:29 PM
Goldeneye hen completed.

Last one for a while. The hunt for a 14”bandsaw continues.
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Post by: Lloyd Heins on April 23, 2019, 12:30:08 AM
Not sure if this pic will post.    It’s been awhile since my last post.   Working on some mallards.   Cheers!
Title: Re: Whats on your Workbench
Post by: Matt Gau on May 02, 2019, 07:31:53 PM
Working in a few cork birds right now. I was cleaning the shop out and found a pair of Greenwing teal heads with no bodies. So I dug out a block of cork and remedies the situations.
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Post by: Lloyd Heins on May 20, 2019, 12:44:25 AM
Need to paint the bills and tone it down with a few washes.   Critiques welcome!
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Post by: george williams on May 20, 2019, 08:53:59 AM
Black Duck update. George I agreed the bill was too bright so I added more Burnt Umber. The bill is a hair large but I think exaggerated by my photo. Here is the update. I painted the head first but how do you blend to the body without looking like a line?
Jeff, after painting the head and doing the ticking, I paint the body with a fan, The tips of the bristles will leave enough of a ragged edge where body meets head to blend both together. Bill color is a LOT better! ;)
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Post by: Jeff Fenerty on May 31, 2019, 01:20:49 PM
Thanks George, kinda slow around here wish there was more activity.
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Post by: george williams on May 31, 2019, 01:41:56 PM
Well, things are kind of slow all over-gardening, mowing the $%#$@#$ lawn, keeping gunning partner in shape by swimming him a few times a week, not to mention building stool.
I have been  in the midst of painting a hen Harley, actually the second of that gender. One thing slipped my mind when I did the first, and that was to write down all of the color-well brownish-information for each step, which would save me a TON of time AND frustration with the paint.The brain got into gear, and I wrote as I worked--The main problem with this one is that I did a ton of stippling, and adding paint to the surface as I worked, until I got to where I was satisfied that the  impression was achieved, not of the duck as much as the decoy.
Will send you some shots. if you can post without difficulty, please have at it. I never knew thatat something that was just  brownish,  would produce so much FRUSTRATION! ;D
Title: Re: Whats on your Workbench
Post by: Lloyd Heins on June 01, 2019, 09:58:35 AM
Can you guys see my posts and pics?
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Post by: george williams on June 01, 2019, 01:57:20 PM
Lloyd, if you just posted an image, the answer from my end is no, although I can read what you wrote.
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Post by: Lloyd Heins on June 01, 2019, 05:31:17 PM
Thanks George.    Bummer wonder what I’m doing wrong
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Post by: Jeff Fenerty on June 06, 2019, 11:22:17 AM
I can see your decoy pics LLoyd
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Post by: Lloyd Heins on June 06, 2019, 09:39:46 PM
Cool.  Thanks Jeff.   They are now officially off my work bench.  Can’t wait to do more

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Post by: Jeff Fenerty on June 12, 2019, 03:46:53 PM
Took another clbooty with Bill Veasey did a Brant and worked on my next project a Gadwall.
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Post by: george williams on June 12, 2019, 06:15:54 PM
Jeff, drop me an e mail if you want the color schematics for the gaddie.
G
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Post by: Matt Gau on July 19, 2019, 08:41:27 PM
I will share a ringneck I finished up. Finally got the bandsaw situation resolved. This one is cork with a cedar head I’ve done a couple coots too. Been too hot to play around outside, so playing with birds again this week.