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    Smile Carving your own decoys . . .

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    In the past, I've carved many hunting decoys. If any of you duck hunters are inclined to make your own decoys and want a little encouragement or pointers or advice, I'm willing to share what I know on the subject. The birds I've made are hollow and self-righting with weighted keels.

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    your pics aren't showing up. What did you make them out of?
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    Thumbs up Spruce . . .

    The decoys I've made in Alaska are from native spruce bought from local sawmills in the area. Good wood for decoys.


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    I would love to see a start to finish carving of a decoy. I have all the needed gear, a shop full of carving tools, gunstock carving type so I am sure I have it covered. I also have a bunch of books, and patterns on carving decoys.

    Right now time is the only thing stopping me.

    Very nice decoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus View Post
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    In the past, I've carved many hunting decoys. If any of you duck hunters are inclined to make your own decoys and want a little encouragement or pointers or advice, I'm willing to share what I know on the subject. The birds I've made are hollow and self-righting with weighted keels.

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    Will you have any classes on the Kenai Peninsula? I have some blanks you made for me and they have not turned themselves into decoys yet! I think I need some structured assistance or they might sit unfinished ... by the way, how long are spruce blanks usable? Does the wood get too dry?

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    Smile Structured assistance . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by duckoholic View Post
    Will you have any classes on the Kenai Peninsula? I have some blanks you made for me and they have not turned themselves into decoys yet! I think I need some structured assistance or they might sit unfinished ... by the way, how long are spruce blanks usable? Does the wood get too dry?
    Give me a call, and we can set something up for an afternoon, maybe on a weekend? . . bring a blank, and we'll work it up together.

    No, the wood cannot get too dry . . as long as it's been kept dry, it's fine.

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    I'll be calling sometime today - thanks!

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    I just finished carving a miniature decoy and I'm wondering where I can get some eyes for it?
    Also is there a place in or around Anchorage that I can get my tools sharpened?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fshslyr View Post
    I just finished carving a miniature decoy and I'm wondering where I can get some eyes for it?
    Try area taxidermists . . songbird-sized eyes might work.

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    Try QUALITY CARVING SUPPLIES . Look on the net, they are in FL and have the best prices on eyes and other carvning stuff. I think the owner is Richard C. Johnson They have every eye you could ever want.

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