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    Thread: Trio De Quack

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      Trio De Quack

      Aye Mates,

      A trio of diving duck decoys (working gunner style) that I carved years ago. Fore to aft, a Bufflehead, a Goldeneye, and a Canvasback, all three birds representing drakes. All of the bodies were carved in cork and the heads are of North Atlantic white cedar. All feature internal ballast design keels and will self-right if flipped in rough waters. All are painted in oils. I particularly like the dings and scrapes sustained from their use whilst hunting and feel it gives the decoys a special patina never achieved sitting on the mantle.

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      Truly pieces of art.

      You said they are carved from cork. My mind goes to the type like cork boards which can be crumbly. Is there a denser version better for carving? I suspect the oil based paint seals them, am I right there.
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      Quote Originally Posted by POPTOP View Post
      Truly pieces of art.

      You said they are carved from cork. My mind goes to the type like cork boards which can be crumbly. Is there a denser version better for carving? I suspect the oil based paint seals them, am I right there.
      The front most two are black cork from Portugal and it can be somewhat "crumbly". The aft-most was made in high density / compressed cork that is made with a binder at high heat and pressure (it carves much better than the black cork). I use a sealer on all o' me cork decoys prior to painting them. The bodies are cut out on a bandsaw and then rasped to shape. Essentially I remove all o' the material that doesn't look like a duck 😂😂😂.

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      You are a true artist my friend!

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      Quote Originally Posted by barry581 View Post
      You are a true artist my friend!
      Thank ye kindly Mate. 👍

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      You're as bad as those who work with any carving - remove all the material that does not look like . . . .

      I'd end up with a flea if I was lucky.

      Give me perfectly good pieces of fabric that can be cut up and sewn back together. I often wonder why my mind works that way.

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