You will notice that the foot is painted on the base. Use solid lines and crosshatching for areas to be removed, such as for shaping and rounding the decoy's outline, and dotted lines for detail notching, such as nostrils, mouth, eye line, feathers, etc. Knotts Knives - Quality knives available in sizes 2, 4, 6 and 8. Market hunting prospered, and millions of birds were shipped annually to population centers such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Finishing up At this point the glue should be set up and you are ready to do a little more finishing on the decoy body.
Take the middle piece and cut out the center leaving no less than an inch of wood around the sides. Paint according to the species of duck you are decoying. Although competitions have provided some of the inspiration for Ben's work , his concern is to perpetuate the tradition of waterfowl decoy sculpture as the true American art form. Manzanita Root - This unique wood burl is great for creating a natural looking habitat to mount those special carvings on. If it breaks loose just re-glue it, but glue it a little better this time.
The demand for decoys was clearly evident, and local residents were up to the task. Drill a hole all the way through the head. Using a small rasp on the top wing line works well for producing the desired detail. While many people hired a local woodcarver who also made axe handles, tools, and many other things from wood, there were some individuals who specialized in making wooden duck decoys. The key is learning where to remove the wood. In the Upper Bay, John Daddy Holly was revered for the canvasbacks, redheads, and scaup he crafted in the traditional Havre de Grace style.
Decoy Magazine Master Carver List Mandt and Ferd Homme Mixing their own colors, Mandt and Ferd Homme painted in a highly realistic style. Be sure not to completely sand out any details you may have etched in. His wildlife and folkart woodcarvings have become so very popular and collectible because of his versatility and consistency and high quality. Appealing to both the carver and the collector. We are proud to introduce our new line of hand carved wooden waterfowl. Starter kits are available and come complete with carving and paint pattern. Schmidt's work garners special notice because of its distinctive feathering.
One centered on Long Island, where shorebird carving reigned supreme. This provides a realistic texture. Bean, which sold over 1,000 decoys created by George Soule annually. Center and attach the keel behind the loop, using two deck screws. Use 5 minute epoxy instead of 2 ton for the temporary glueing.
The feather like sheen of our wood decoys is beautiful in the hand and deadly realistic on the water. If you like this article please share it using the share buttons on this page. Others had little or no interest in commercial carving, but created wooden birds for their personal use, or for family and friends. As an artist, Wheeler went to great lengths to create top-quality decoys for discerning customers like band leader John Philip Sousa, who once purchased a group of Wheeler doves. North American hunters placed up to 100 decoys in an area where they intended to hunt in an effort to attract real ducks. New Jersey decoys were often hollow and compact.
The more expensive hand-carved wooden duck decoys were sold by Elmer Crowell, but these came in different grades and species. Great start to your decorative carving. If you are in need of a lighter-weight wood that will not crumble like the low-density cork has a tendency to do, balsa wood is a good choice. Commissions gladly accepted with signed contract and deposit. Be sure to see our entire collection of wood carvings including our flying waterfowl, Upland Birds, Puddle Ducks, River Ducks, Geese and Loons.
Jeff began making his own original masters for duplicated birds after having been invited to the Easton Waterfowl Festival. This decoy is in good condition other than a tail chip and a tight crack in the neck seat area. Vintage Hunting Duck Decoys By the 1920s, making duck decoys had progressed to an art form with beautiful decoys being carved from locally available materials. Apoxie Sculpt - Self hardening two part modeling and repair compound. Located at the mouth of the mighty Columbia River, Astoria was home to Charles Bergman, Charles Pice, Frank Bay, Oscar Hendrickson, and Jim Titus.
Ronan Super Fine Japan Colors. I encourage you to experiment with the clamping before applying the glue to make sure your clamps are large enough. Bert Graves, Charles Schoenheider Sr. Maine decoys were generally large and built for rough, open water. The video below is the first in a great series from Factory Field. Pick up a 2 inch X 10 inch X 8 foot long board from a lumber yard or home center.
Our hand carved wood decoys capture the essence of Blue Bill with a highly visible standard shape for recognition even in rough water, a contented resting pose, and a sleeper pose to convey confidence. Back Bay Wildfowl Museum , Virginia Beach, Virginia featured Bens work in 1984. Decoy paint is carefully selected for each species and dries to a matte finish. Carvers working in the same region found themselves employing similar techniques. These jets from the north are favorites of diver hunters in every flyway. After the head has been attached and the glue has set up you are ready to finish your decoy. Most are hand carved and some are precision cast from poly-wood materials.