Duck Decoys
Classic Carving Projects Made Easy
by Tom Matus

215 x 280mm

Published by Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., East Petersburg PA USA


ISBN 978-1-56523-192-4

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Extract from back cover of book:

Learn to carve a mallard drake from start-to-finish with this easy-to-follow guide.

The Carving Classics Made Easy series is designed to bring the traditions and joy of woodcarving to a new generation of hobbyists. Each book in the series will guide you step-by-step through a variety of quintessential carving projects, building your confidence along the way.

The duck decoy has a long tradition as a classic carving project. Now. you can get started on your own decoy with this instructional guide by award-winning decoy carver, Tom Matus.

You will be amazed at your carving success as you follow the author, step-by-step, through an entire drake (male) mallard carving project. Beginning with the head and working through the entire bird, you will be led every step of the way. Also included is an in-depth lesson on painting your mallard in the traditional floating decoy style.

Complete carving pattern with painting color swatches included

About the Author - Tom Matus has won more than 75 Best of Show awards for his hunting decoys in the US.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial


About the Author

Part One: Getting Started
Step One: Gather Reference Materials
Step Two: Select a Pattern
Step Three: Assemble Your Tools
Step Four: Choose Your Wood

Part Two: Carving a Decoy
Step One: Lay Out the Body
Step Two: Lay Out the Head
Step Three: Rough Out the Body
Step Four: Rough Out the Head
Step Five: Lay Out the Head
Step Six: Lay Out Feather Groups
Step Seven: Attach the Head to the Body
Step Eight: Shape the Neck and Breast
Step Nine: Set the Side Pockets
Step Ten: Add the Major Feather Groups
Step Eleven: Add the Bill Detail
Step Twelve: Set the Eyes
Step Thirteen: Hollow the Body
Step Fourteen: Attach the Head to the Body
Step Fifteen: Add Feather Details
Step Sixteen: Construct the Keel
Step Seventeen: Float the Decoy

Part Three: Painting a Decoy
Step One: Create Texture
Step Two: Apply Base Coats
Step Three: Paint the Head
Step Four: Paint the Tail
Step Five: Paint the Primaries
Step Six: Rump and Speculum
Step Seven: Tertials and Scapulars
Step Eight: Side Pockets
Step Nine: Breast Blend
Step Ten: Head Detail
Step Eleven: Paint the Bill
Step Twelve: Dry Brushing
Step Thirteen: Seal the Decoy