Most boatbuilders carve, either as part of their work or as a hobby. It’s a great way to spend off hours. We carve decoys for seabird restoration projects as well as for collectors, and we offer the recourses others need to get started or to expand their carving. On this site in addition to this book you will find decoy starter kits, carving tools, and even our very own time-tested patterns.
Not all of us live where we can be on the water year 'round. And then there's the matter of what to do with the high quality leftovers from your boatbuilding projects. Basic Decoy Carving addresses both issues. Put that lovely scrap to good use and carve a decoy or two. Who knows? You just might be good at it. You'll never know 'till you try, and this book spells out everything you'll need to know to get started. The rest is up to you.
From the Introduction...
This book began quite a long time ago. Every time I picked up some useful information that helped me in my work I jotted it down or made a mental note. Every time a student asked about suppliers I found myself writing out an impromptu list. And every time I looked for information and had difficulty finding it, I thought to myself, "This stuff really ought to be written down in one place."...Well now it is, and this is the place.
Here are a couple of examples of what you'll find inside...From layout of breast feathers:
To the first step to layout of feathers on the back of the decoy:
To the next step:
The Table of Contents contains...
Chapter 1 Using Wood and Other Stuff
Chapter 2 Hand Tools, Power Tools, & Burning Tools
Chapter 3 Sharpening
Chapter 4 Patterns & Reference Materials
Chapter 5 Caveats (Things to Bear in Mind)
Chapter 6 What Do You Use For ________?
Chapter 7 Actually Carving Something
Chapter 8 Paints & Painting
Chapter 9 Photo Gallery
Appendix: Patterns, Suppliers, References
Here's a book that tells it like it is. It's full of shop sketches to help you along and tells specifically which products work and those that are best avoided. The photos below are two of those included in the Photo Gallery for ready reference. Add to that the plans for making your own dust box, three carving patterns (a basic shorebird, a miniature realistic Black Duck, and a Bufflehead Drake hunting decoy), as well as lists of suppliers and references, and this is not only useful, it's a bargain.
And here's one last picture from the book's photo gallery, a competition Common Eider hunting decoy carved by the author. [We offer a pattern for this Eider.]
Basic Decoy Carving by Walter Simmons. 6-1/2" x 8-1/2" format, comb bound to open and lay flat on your workbench for ready reference. 205 pages, 76 shop drawings and photos, indexed.