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Carving Decorative Duck Decoys: With Full-Size Templates Paperback – August 1, 1984


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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; First Edition edition (August 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486246671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486246673
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Keith Coulter on June 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
When learning to carve decoys, the difficulty in acheiving a satisfactory result seems to lie in the form and character of the template. Often the materials and methods seem to get a healthy share of attention, leaving the actual figure of the duck up in the air so to speak.
Many books contain patterns of decoys of particular species, but are often not easily transferable or even the correct size to reproduce. Also, they are in book bindings which further reduce the ease of transfering the image. "Carving Duck Decoys" transcends this frequently frustrating initial experience for beginning carvers and old pros by contributing a working book that has all the popular duck decoy species.
Beginning carvers may find it difficult to fashion a dimensional block of wood into the species which they desire without first using a good example of the decoy they wish to craft. "Carving Duck Decoys" allows the user to simply cut out the template as well as view illustrations which display not only the profile but also the conformation particular to the duck species.
In addition, the eye diameters are given for inclusion of artificial eyes which add realism and make the decoy "come to life." The text portion of the book discusses how to carve, paint, and add keel weights. A special photo section with the finished decoys from the authors lends itself well for useful comparison of your own progress.
"Carving Duck Decoys" is a splendid addition to any wood working enthusiasts reference materials.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Capt. Bart on December 3, 2009
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I have really enjoyed this book and used several of the plans. I have carved all my life, but recently decided to do some decoys. This book was a big help in getting head and neck shapes right.
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