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Title: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Rob James on March 01, 2013, 04:38:59 PM
For a confedience boost, search for first decoy.  Mine is in there somewhere.  ;D

We really ought to have a sticky in the lodge for everybody's first decoy... No chit chat just the pix :)

I think it's a GREAT idea, Dave, and I REALLY like the "no chit chat" guideline. Just post a picture and what it is, i.e. species (could be important to "state" what it is  ;)), and medium.

There's no way I can find a photo of my "first" decoy. It was wood, and I was a young lad, so I'll get this party started with my first foam decoy (C Goldeneye, Nov. 2010)...it hurts a little to look at  :-[ ...
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi848.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fab47%2Fh2ofowlslayer%2FFirstFoamerCGE.jpg&hash=bbc917daa17a6368ba73e21b16aa57e1)
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Dave Speer on March 01, 2013, 05:18:46 PM
Foam and acrylics:

(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi141.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fr62%2FLongHairedDave%2Fhunt%2F_Decoy1_2.jpg&hash=8c276a3f0eccc06c241e84f95e7b2477)

(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi141.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fr62%2FLongHairedDave%2Fhunt%2F_Decoy1_1.jpg&hash=84e77ba728e4dd920d999a8dca10c284)

(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi141.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fr62%2FLongHairedDave%2Fhunt%2F960a1b97-81cb-46e5-bfb3-d61d640e7cf9_zps2857e6a9.jpg&hash=62564a8dee9a204928ec539ac314df7a)


A hunting partner saying what the heck is that??


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Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: D. Fisher on March 01, 2013, 05:39:31 PM
Green wing drake - 2011 - Foam and acrylics.
Dan
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1104.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fh326%2Fsleepyweaseloh1%2F048ee7a0-c1bc-4506-953f-81e2212957cd_zpse856ff02.jpg&hash=df2eb70f938ba779f51663578e86c167)
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: killerv on March 01, 2013, 06:24:09 PM
August '09... Excuse the broke bill

(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi286.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fll96%2Fthekillerv%2F930445D7-629D-4977-9D43-BA4FDA5B23EC-766-000000F194164B86_zps1c4ad325.jpg&hash=948d19ab59802fde1585e7f7b51aa3c1)
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Phil Boyles on March 01, 2013, 07:58:13 PM
This was my first one, only 7 months ago.

(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi220.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fdd104%2Fpboyles%2FP1000108_zps8af48bba.jpg&hash=e41c0179f500ac72fca34431179b5e20)
Title: Re: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: RickC on March 01, 2013, 09:14:48 PM
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.tapatalk.com%2Fd%2F13%2F03%2F02%2Fu4umujuh.jpg&hash=fdee4bed336c79af3c84255e27360d9f)
My first of any type. Wire and canvas goose in acrylics in 2012
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Tony on March 01, 2013, 09:35:13 PM
Wood and acrylics a little over a year ago.
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1115.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fk552%2Fbattman10%2FPhoto-0022_e12.jpg&hash=d36275f14681e38e2dde907fedb8f1f5)
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: AlexH on March 03, 2013, 01:35:14 PM
Wigeon, cedar and acrylics.
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Lloyd Heins on March 03, 2013, 08:48:16 PM

Last year, Pacific Brant painted with flat oil base enamel.  Hunted it once, then retired.  Nope, no plans on cleaning it :)

(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1136.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn485%2FLloyd_Heins%2FCA9C5FD7-7659-47EE-9D3E-7FBF506B36C2-2438-0000035A366CAC11_zpsdbf55082.jpg&hash=c524b826c214df6b1ea2b147f6be31aa)
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: marty m. on March 04, 2013, 06:34:13 AM
first one since i started this web site. Had others before this just made from foam no mastic but threw them out. They were about the same but this was my first after learning about mastic and this site. (https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/s720x720/418547_302866956435346_1941530705_n.jpg)
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Scott Russell on March 04, 2013, 07:37:50 AM
Not the first but close enough.  I think this is number 3.  #1 is woth my brother and #2 was stolen but they all looked the same.

Don't have a head on shot but yes....it's shaped like a shoe box.

(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi728.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fww282%2FRingneck_01%2F031_crop.jpg&hash=7dae14985b7d8ab0ecc952eb4b61a630)
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Andy Schmahl on March 04, 2013, 08:46:56 AM
Canvasback made from a dead cottonwood (Poplar) tree in my yard and painted in acrylics, 2009.
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1201.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fbb353%2FCattailSunrise%2FBradysCottonwoodCan_zps267250b3.jpg&hash=70ff0d431e1dd2dea89b3852eb6379a7)
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: tom modin on March 04, 2013, 09:12:01 AM
My second bird cannot find a photo of number one.

BSC, Traditions

(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fv610%2FSwamplvr%2Fgeside1.jpg&hash=1f1f627b79e5d67b661f20c3b64234a9)
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: larry A on March 04, 2013, 10:27:32 AM
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1204.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fbb404%2F10-larry-a-13%2Fmyredheadpainted.jpg&hash=49ec3641bf7e3c5c99144a5173870e15)
First hollow redhead with a lot of help from Tom and Dave on this forum. Larry
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: george williams on March 07, 2013, 04:01:55 PM
Be patient, folks--Dave Sikorski just left here, laughing hysterically at some stuff that was living in the shed--made 1974 or 75, and they are examples of my learning curve-All i have to do now is get him registered up so you all may see my early processing! Oh my, some of these are bowsers!! ::) ;D
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Dave Sikorski on March 08, 2013, 02:32:05 PM
Here's a bunch from George Williams.   All are the mid to late 70's.....George can explain further.

-D

(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi235.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fee234%2FButch_man13%2FIMG_20130307_135303_137_zpse564c5b9.jpg&hash=8da3db1c09ce46020163a489792c0322)
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi235.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fee234%2FButch_man13%2FIMG_20130307_135309_842_zps03b958ec.jpg&hash=e9ee16505d5f892de76b738774dbbb4d)
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi235.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fee234%2FButch_man13%2FIMG_20130307_135324_559_zpsda38afd3.jpg&hash=15f527741bab237845fb5d1e3ede179c)
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi235.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fee234%2FButch_man13%2FIMG_20130307_135606_913_zps0b5cab05.jpg&hash=e861143e6e86ee4967984d92644d4684)
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi235.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fee234%2FButch_man13%2FIMG_20130307_135818_993_zps45a1f1e0.jpg&hash=d71fb2f501afb0fdef0e61ad4adda519)
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi235.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fee234%2FButch_man13%2FIMG_20130307_135833_278_zps8a1fd9b0.jpg&hash=123cd70b05039d30214111de9bddc0ab)
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi235.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fee234%2FButch_man13%2FIMG_20130307_135917_152_zpsfd87d41e.jpg&hash=f8f2ec893ad26dbe54f7f73178bfc58f)
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi235.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fee234%2FButch_man13%2FIMG_20130307_135923_250_zps25265633.jpg&hash=851bcea88108f25dd2a1f68f20ad2435)

-D
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Dave Sikorski on March 08, 2013, 02:32:47 PM
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi235.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fee234%2FButch_man13%2FIMG_20130307_140159_173_zps4688591d.jpg&hash=96df4c53c1578d0145773473bc77a8e0)
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: hankyorke on March 08, 2013, 02:35:53 PM
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi235.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fee234%2FButch_man13%2FIMG_20130307_140159_173_zps4688591d.jpg&hash=96df4c53c1578d0145773473bc77a8e0)

Ha. What an awesome picture.
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Phil Boyles on March 08, 2013, 02:51:06 PM
Someone needs a paint bib  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: D. Fisher on March 08, 2013, 02:51:59 PM
I see that George likes the low headed, resting look in his rig too. I knew I was on the right track.  :D
Dan
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: QuentonL on March 08, 2013, 03:01:51 PM
Obi Juan,

Call me crazy but I dig that Can. If you ever want to part ways with him let me know - it's damn unique.

Here's mine... took me a while to dig it up... wish I hadn't... it's a mini ringneck (had to tell you because it's that bad  :o ). 3 years ago. Then got hooked up with Tom Flemming and this was my latest ringer. Moral of the story --> FIND A MENTOR!!!

(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1096.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fg321%2Ftheducktamer1%2Fqs_duck_decoys_007.jpg&hash=3415acf5ef1e7c7edf45d257804463e7)

(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1096.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fg321%2Ftheducktamer1%2FRN2_zps24018b3d.jpg&hash=e15fdc4402a7195575f8047059b64b43)

Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Bo Hanson on March 10, 2013, 08:36:16 PM
Just got back from Strongsville, what a great time!  Met some really great people.
This is my first bird ever, so what the heck, I put it in the pool. I have a lot to learn and
I am looking forward to it.

(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi192.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fz311%2FNovemberwitch%2Fimage_zps6824ea21.jpg&hash=21159a1a9b44c31221fa06874320c757)
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Andy H. on March 11, 2013, 10:43:47 AM
This is my first bird. Its  supposed to be a redhead but looks like a blue-billed pink head. My kids absolutely hate the fact that it still sits on the entertainment center....they claim its embarrbootying to have it there. I guess I can see why but I sure was proud of it at the time!!!(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1116.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fk564%2FAndy_Hildreth%2F102_0193.jpg&hash=5d0e4a6d6d3133405f25f28bc7e59bae)!
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: D. Fisher on March 11, 2013, 11:40:59 AM
This is my first bird. Its  supposed to be a redhead but looks like a blue-billed pink head. My kids absolutely hate the fact that it still sits on the entertainment center....they claim its embarrbootying to have it there. I guess I can see why but I sure was proud of it at the time!!!(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1116.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fk564%2FAndy_Hildreth%2F102_0193.jpg&hash=5d0e4a6d6d3133405f25f28bc7e59bae)!

Looks like the doggy likes him. Nice feathering detail on the side pockets and back.
Dan
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: RLigman on March 12, 2013, 11:48:40 AM
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1088.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fi334%2FRLigman%2FDSC00843_zps43921f31.jpg&hash=93db93d288c3b09b815d1863baa65420)


First decoy from scratch-1985. A week to carve and paint... in oils. My girlfriend smudged the side pocket when she picked the bird up prior being fully dry. I married her anyway;never let her touch a decoy again, though!

I had painted several dozen spindle carved mallards and divers prior this bird for a forestry Prof. at MSU that I used to hunt with. He had some Miles Pirnie birds that he used as masters. I cleaned-up some of the rough marks on the heads, carved the bill details ,and cleaned-up the bodies and added some Ben Schmidt feather patterns(still a big fan of his decoys and painting style). I was supposed to get half of the decoys on completion of the job, but never saw any of them. He eventually reimbursed me for the paints. They are now in a hunt club in southern Michigan.
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Andy H. on March 12, 2013, 07:08:02 PM
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1088.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fi334%2FRLigman%2FDSC00843_zps43921f31.jpg&hash=93db93d288c3b09b815d1863baa65420)


First decoy from scratch-1985. A week to carve and paint... in oils. My girlfriend smudged the side pocket when she picked the bird up prior being fully dry. I married her anyway;never let her touch a decoy again, though!

I had painted several dozen spindle carved mallards and divers prior this bird for a forestry Prof. at MSU that I used to hunt with. He had some Miles Pirnie birds that he used as masters. I cleaned-up some of the rough marks on the heads, carved the bill details ,and cleaned-up the bodies and added some Ben Schmidt feather patterns(still a big fan of his decoys and painting style). I was supposed to get half of the decoys on completion of the job, but never saw any of them. He eventually reimbursed me for the paints. They are now in a hunt club in southern Michigan.
  That bird makes some of us look bad....very nice though!!!!
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Tony on March 12, 2013, 09:22:12 PM
I'm with Quenton on that Can.
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Mike F. on March 12, 2013, 10:34:37 PM
Here's my first cork bird. 2007

(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi2.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fy34%2Ffmallardman%2FDecoys%2FIMG_5692.jpg&hash=bc2500b2c4abadc70a2d67174affb08c)
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Luke Costilow on March 12, 2013, 11:10:23 PM
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi252.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fhh10%2Ferieduckhunter%2Fscan001001.jpg&hash=6b2bb81e3cb4c7d0b8d37d506f9dbb82)

Carved him 10 years ago, when I was 10. Its is getting scary because I can talk in decades, getting old! lol The picture was from the 2004 Westlake Show where he won the youth contest, and accully won the bufflehead species in the pool! haha I keep track of all the birds I carve, and When I hit 99, I carved my 100th as a drake buffy with the same pose. Its amazing how much I have improved! Looking at the pictures, you have all improved greatly! Except for Scott Russell, some how he went backwards. :)
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Andy H. on March 13, 2013, 05:50:10 AM
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi252.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fhh10%2Ferieduckhunter%2Fscan001001.jpg&hash=6b2bb81e3cb4c7d0b8d37d506f9dbb82)

Carved him 10 years ago, when I was 10. Its is getting scary because I can talk in decades, getting old! lol The picture was from the 2004 Westlake Show where he won the youth contest, and accully won the bufflehead species in the pool! haha I keep track of all the birds I carve, and When I hit 99, I carved my 100th as a drake buffy with the same pose. Its amazing how much I have improved! Looking at the pictures, you have all improved greatly! Except for Scott Russell, some how he went backwards. :)

Whatever Luke.....we all know your dad carved that and still carves all your birds :D :D :D   I wont believe you carve until I see you do one start to finish...maybe at next years show????

And the comment about Scott is hilarious :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Luke Costilow on March 13, 2013, 12:50:21 PM
See what happons Andy, I post and get insulted!!!  ;) I dont have time during the show for a complete decoy demo :P I could do a couple hour painting demo and paint a bird for yall one night maybe, but I couldnt carve one.
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: RLigman on March 13, 2013, 01:37:31 PM
Andy, when you look closely at the feather detail, you will cringe-trust me on this point!
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Andy H. on March 13, 2013, 01:57:25 PM
See what happons Andy, I post and get insulted!!!  ;) I dont have time during the show for a complete decoy demo :P I could do a couple hour painting demo and paint a bird for yall one night maybe, but I couldnt carve one.

That would be so cool!  Don't overextend yourself though because I know how busy all of you are with that show.

If I pick on you it is a good thing....If I dont pick on you is when you need to worry ;)
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Ken Snow on March 16, 2013, 05:13:24 PM
Wish I still had my first.  My dad sold the first 4 bluebills I made when I was 12 or 14 and brought me back $40!  I've been hooked ever since.
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Scott Galloway on March 19, 2013, 06:51:12 PM
This is my first decoy. I finished it about a month ago. It is EPS and Restle coated.
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Andy H. on March 19, 2013, 09:27:24 PM
I am not a foamer so is EPS something you carve or inject or styrofoam balls you heat up or what?  Im lost on that stuff.
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Ken Snow on March 20, 2013, 07:22:37 AM
EPS is beads that are placed in a mold and the mold is boiled, correct?
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Scott Galloway on March 20, 2013, 06:01:02 PM
EPS goes in a mold and is boiled. It is a great place to start making decoys. Very forgiving.
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: DougC on April 05, 2013, 03:00:32 PM
I carved my fist when I was 15.  Did a few after that and got out of it for a good while.  Too busy chasing skirts.  I gave this one away back then to my now in laws.  I think their dog chewing up the bill might be an improvement.  Purdy aint it...

Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: BoBB on April 15, 2013, 04:15:59 PM

I was digging around in the barn today and I came across this decoy.

solid White cedar,painted with acylics

This guy was my 1st wood decoy,a real beauty, made back in 2008 when I was looking for something to get into when I retire.

Dig that cool tail section

I guess after seeing him, I have improved a little bit from then.

Bob B.
Everyday is a good day!
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Vinnie on April 15, 2013, 05:15:36 PM
Here's my first group from 2010.

(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi834.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fzz268%2Fvinniep205%2FDSCN0368.jpg&hash=21afeaa9aeb45970d242f0234f35aff1)[/URL]
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: KeithH on May 01, 2013, 10:22:32 PM
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi67.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fh301%2Fboykinsbuddy%2F009_zps35571e40.jpg&hash=76817dbdbbaff0ecb17c6c64cd0a95ca) (http://s67.photobucket.com/user/boykinsbuddy/media/009_zps35571e40.jpg.html)

This is about 1980...carved out of a couple of 2x4s, painted with house paints and acrylics. My dad owns it.
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Willy McDonald on August 10, 2013, 05:18:38 PM
This was number one and started the obsession.......It's a Dick LeMaster pattern and carved out of bbootywood painted with acrylic's AND it's a minature.

Willy

(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi900.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fac210%2FWillyMcDonald%2FWillysF-1.jpg&hash=72eccf704a2dffa243d74dd57518eccb) (http://s900.photobucket.com/user/WillyMcDonald/media/WillysF-1.jpg.html)
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Scott Klecka on September 07, 2013, 10:23:18 PM
Just found mine in a box today.  Thinking it must have been mid-80s
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi131.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fp313%2FBAMAH20FWLER%2Frh2_zps6fbbf357.jpg&hash=a769d6c5368c50e268b665363cbcbccb) (http://s131.photobucket.com/user/BAMAH20FWLER/media/rh2_zps6fbbf357.jpg.html)
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Michael.McCord on October 29, 2013, 08:01:33 PM
Here's my first. I knew nothing about making decoys when I made it. The paint blistered and it floated on its side! It has since been poorly repainted.
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi406.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fpp147%2FMichael_McCord%2Fdecoys008.jpg&hash=b8a28b0153589eafbf6332a08eb06f2a) (http://s406.photobucket.com/user/Michael_McCord/media/decoys008.jpg.html)
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Stefan on December 03, 2013, 10:40:06 PM
First set of what I call crash test dummies.

Decoys Unlimted bodies American Decoy Molds heads

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Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: RickDee on January 04, 2014, 12:46:03 PM
My first carved duck!  It is suppose to be a Green Wing Teal but I was happy it looked like a duck (2004). 

My second decoy is a mallard still not finished needs painted (2008).  Both carvings were part of a decoy carving clbooty.

The shelf is full of projects started and never completed due to frustration, fear of making mistakes, and not truly understanding the steps needed to complete a carving.

After 35 years thinking about retirement so there should be more time to learn how to enjoy my hobby.  The advice I was recently given was to allow myself to make mistakes because this is how we learn.  Looking forward to a carving clbooty beginning on Monday!
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Robert C on April 21, 2014, 05:51:48 AM
Here's a couple did alright but need a lot of work
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Post by: CoryL on April 27, 2014, 04:56:16 PM
I'll add mine.

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Post by: george williams on April 27, 2014, 07:55:26 PM
other than the eyes being too high on the head..... Whoops, a critique--Gotta stop that.
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Jeff Adams on April 27, 2014, 11:04:46 PM
Well, my first and only carving gives true meaning to the title of this thread, being bold enough to share it. I have never carved before but have a desire to learn and become very good at it. This was December 2013 and a flop of a first attempt.
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: ShawnL on June 22, 2014, 08:52:56 PM
Way back yesterday, I started this one! Finished it today. My first!

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Post by: RickC on June 23, 2014, 12:20:54 PM
You did an excellent job Shawn, and it looks even better in person.
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Post by: ShawnL on June 23, 2014, 02:22:44 PM
Thanks, Rick! I can't wait to see your Harli canvas when it's done either!
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Post by: Cory Jackson on July 15, 2014, 08:37:21 AM
They're real rough, but they draw Blacks in like bees to honey (even though I try not to shoot them). They're falling apart now, I think I rushed the mastic coats too soon. They've had a rough couple of years, but mostly stood up to it.

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I made Blacks because everything (Blacks, Mallards, Teal, Ringnecks, 'Bills) around here will decoy to them.


Cory
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Post by: sdamico1 on December 22, 2014, 04:12:29 PM
Here you go,
Sdamico1
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Post by: Ducboy on April 08, 2016, 11:41:04 AM
Eastern shore Doug Jester style Dippers. I've made a 100 more decorative decoys since then but these still kill birds and work great for confidence decoys on the edge of spreads.
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Post by: JimmyHill on April 09, 2016, 11:16:22 PM
About 1997 twenty scaup
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Post by: frank santore on May 01, 2016, 03:38:57 PM
This is one of my first working baffles that took too many pellets so it was rehab'd into a d?cor duck for a buddy
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Scott Russell on May 01, 2016, 06:02:12 PM
This is my favorite thread on the site. 

Thanks for keeping it alive guys.
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: craig pell on May 12, 2016, 09:15:45 AM
I'm working on mine. I'll be sure to post it up no matter how awful it turns out   ???
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Lloyd Heins on May 12, 2016, 10:00:31 AM
No such thing thing an awful decoy.  Its the journey and progress you make as you develop your skill.  If you haven't done so already, please post your progress in another section and guys can help you out if ya need it. I love love love love watching progress pics and the methods guys use to make their birds.   ;D
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Post by: craig pell on May 12, 2016, 10:13:24 AM
No such thing thing an awful decoy.  Its the journey and progress you make as you develop your skill.  If you haven't done so already, please post your progress in another section and guys can help you out if ya need it. I love love love love watching progress pics and the methods guys use to make their birds.   ;D

http://workingdecoys.net/workingdecoysforum/index.php?topic=9877
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: DakotaJ on May 12, 2016, 10:40:38 PM
My first, well the first one that I did with my mentor, a Green wing teal. Did it for the NEA sponsored clbooty through the Ward Foundation.  won 2 second place ribbons and a third place at the Chesapeake Challenge, and a 3rd at the PFDA show in Sacramento.
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: benp on June 04, 2016, 12:42:02 PM
This was my very first back in 2011 I had no clue what I was doing. I had a crab pot buoy and wanted to go hunting for bufflehead which I had no decoys of so I went to work with a pocket knife and I had a piece of balsa lying around that I used for the head and inlaid it into the buoy. After I made this one and wanted to learn more is when I got online and found this place and have improved a lot since then.

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Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: J. Mayer on June 04, 2016, 05:32:26 PM
Circa 1990. Tupelo and oil paint. Purchased the wood from Mr. Curt Fabre (Curt's Waterfowl Corner) down in Montegut, LA. Hunted over it and several others for many seasons. All were retired years ago. I haven't made any decoys in almost ten years, but I'm currently working on some cork wood ducks to carry in the pirogue this fall.
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: J. Mayer on June 04, 2016, 05:33:44 PM
Circa 1990. Tupelo and oil paint. Purchased the wood from Mr. Curt Fabre (Curt's Waterfowl Corner) down in Montegut, LA. Hunted over it and several others for many seasons. All were retired years ago. I haven't made any decoys in almost ten years, but I'm currently working on some cork wood ducks to carry in the pirogue this fall.
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Jeffrey Nelson on June 05, 2016, 10:29:48 AM
Neat thread. Lots of great first birds. Most of these first birds are better than my last bird. Kind of hurts my feelings a little. Here is my first attempt.
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 I'd like to think I've improved from three years ago, but still have a long way to go. Still learning tons on every bird, and trying to take what I have learned and apply it to the next one.
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Post by: craig pell on June 06, 2016, 10:19:08 PM
Here's mine ... So far. Still in progress. Made some mistakes I've learned from which resulted in a smallish body and an extreme wing/body shape. Oh well. Gonna finish and paint it.

Bbooty wood and (soon to be) acrylics.

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Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Matt Gau on July 05, 2016, 12:16:50 PM
(https://workingdecoys.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi395.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fpp33%2Fneighbor_guy%2F495E1B19-8E2C-4ED9-A058-83E2FB6CC06D.jpg&hash=766a8675349fefc5bd23159c05cb1ef0) (http://s395.photobucket.com/user/neighbor_guy/media/495E1B19-8E2C-4ED9-A058-83E2FB6CC06D.jpg.html)

My first. Greenwing teal in cedar. I was asked to help with a junior carving competition because there were more students than anticipated. I had to accept ;D
And I managed to carve my first decoy as well. Won't win any beauty contests. But it's mine.
Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: BradF on October 22, 2016, 09:58:36 PM
Doesn't this qualify?  It's a duck but not a hunting decoy.

Finally took a picture of my first carving. A mini decoy I made for my Mother for her Xmas present in 1958. I was 12. Carved with an Xacto knife set I bought for scouts. Didn't even know anything about duck hunting back then....just liked birds and carving. I cut the plaque out of plywood with a coping saw, painted the duck black so it would be sort of a shadow box type thing.  I later chip carved some patterns in jewelry box lids for Mom but mainly just whittled "stuff" until about 1985 when I started trying to make hunting decoys. I'll see if I have a picture of my first real hunting decoy.

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Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: BradF on October 22, 2016, 10:08:39 PM
Found a picture of one of my first decoys ... about 1985 ... The GE on the left was one of my first BSC corks. The one on the right is a 2005 (or so) production in tan cork.  I took the picture a year or two ago (or maybe more?) to show the change in my style/technique.  Still hunting them.

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Title: Re: First Decoy...Are you bold enough to share it?
Post by: Ken P on December 25, 2016, 12:00:15 PM
My first duck decoy a canvas and wire Redhead. Painted with acrylics.Finished 12/2016