Sunday, December 20, 2015


It is a fine, late December day.  The brilliant sun and mild temperatures meant that I could work in the workshop at the river house.

I have been working on a mallard decoy.  I watched the Canadian geese in the river for inspiration as I worked on the decoy.

I have spent a few hours here and there shaping the head and body.  The cork body was mostly shaped with a rasp, while I had to carve and sand the head.

After a few hours of hand sanding, I had the head ready to be fitted to the body.  I ground the head off a long deck screw and screwed it into the base of the head.

I glued in the tail board and screwed and glued the head.

Next step is a final sanding and then onto filling in the small voids in the cork body.

Given the coming cool weather, it will take some time before I can finish this project and get the decoy painted.

I need to figure out if I want to paint this as a drake or hen mallard . . .