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It's been awful quiet in here lately.... Whata ya say we put together a build a long and put a few decoys together????

I'm thinking Largemouth Bass this time. I've never made one before, nor can I say I have seen many at the decoy shows. But they inhabit the same areas as pike in the winter, so why not??? 

As with any project you need to start with some reference materials. A little time on the interwebs and I had a picture I was happy with that would show off the profile pretty good. A few more were saved in the archive and printed to show paint scheme.

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I tend to prefer decoys that finish around 7" and 10.5" so the pictures are manipulated on the printer to get the size and proportion I am after. image.jpeg

Patterns are then transferred on card stock. In this case it's half a fruit loops box. Now, because I have swim fins patterns already I did not draw them out, if you don't have a successful swim fin shape, then this is the time to draw them. 

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You can then draw out your pattern to your wood blocks. I prefer cedar, in the case of the larger decoys for this project I am using a pine board remnant that Dealer and Dorkfish left behind at my shop a couple winters back. Finders keepers right :P I do understand that I could have laid the patterns out differently, had less waste, and possibly gotten a 3rd blank out of each board. But it doesn't show up as nice on camera, I prefer to work with even numbers, and in the end... I didn't want to make 6 decoys.

***Now just a warning***

This build along may stretch out a bit. I have many irons in the fire at the moment and deciding on a whim to make decoys again was just adding another. I am focusing mostl of my carving on finishing a cork and cedar duck decoy rig at the moment. These may even end up as game fair demonstrations. As I am still getting things ready for that event as well. Either way I will keep updating the thread as I move along the process. 

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well there it is, finished product. 2-3 additional coats of sealer will be applied prior to use. 

 

I like to proto type with the larger size decoys to learn new techniques. The blending and the back filling of the scales was the learning experience on this one. Now I can scale it down to the size I need to make for the Alexandria show. 

 

Hope you guys enjoyed the process. 

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He must have liked them if he took two of them. Let him know I said thanks and hope he enjoys them. I wasn't at the show, but from the sounds of it they sold a lot more decoys this year than they did last year. 

 

Grand Rapids show this Saturday. Hopefully I have enough decoys to have a presentable table anyways. Won't be the big spread I put out in years past, but it's always a good show. 

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