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Carving Duck Decoys

B. Amish


I'm in the process of starting to carve usable duck decoys. I'm going to be making ringbills. I'll be using basswood for the main body and head, but i'm unsure of what to use for the keel. also, are there any stores that sell carving supplies or will i have to order them off of the internet? Any websites out there that would be helpful. I've also got a dremel rotary tool.

Any tips, techniques, tools, comments would be appreciated.


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Just look at some of the older decoys and how they were made. Go to an antique shop and look around, might give you some ideas.
One thing they did to the keel was to either pour melted lead into drilled holes or else they attached a chunck of lead to the bottom. Many decoys that came from factories left it up to the hunters to do this.
There are TONS of books out there on decoy making as well.
Good luck!

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