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 . . .