The term "decoy" takes in a wide range of styles, materials, and degrees of finish. Primitives, like this Black Duck are intentionally simple. The body is solid cedar (not hollowed out) and the body is shaped with a rasp, leaving the telltale tracks on the surface. A lot of folks seem to be under the impression that decoys have to be glass smooth. They don't. In fact, ones with a roughened surface like these are far less likely to flash when wet and spook incoming ducks. Not only that, it makes them far easier to grip when it's cold and wet (notice the ice in the water?). Notice too that there are no glass eyes, simply eye sockets. They must look like eyes to the ducks because they decoy to them readily. Our only bow to less than simplified technique is the airbrushing of the crown and eye channel stripes. We liked the softness it imparts to the piece. Yes, he does have a ballast keel with a fastening point for the anchor line, and as you can see in the photos, he rides just fine on the water.
We have great difficulty keeping these in stock, so please allow us some lead time–how long will depend on the time of the year, but we'll let you know when you place your order.