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Discussion in 'Decoy Forum' started by skimerhorn, Aug 13, 2017.
Forgot about the duckblind. Very helpful people.
Foam, wood or cork decoy? Working or decoration? What do you have for tools?
Wood. Not sure on decoration or hunting. Have no tools yet to carve with
Cheapest to start is foam. minimal investment in tools sharp knife and a rasp or file. And take away everything that don't look like a duck.
I'd plan on $500 or so to get started then.
I mean I have a bandsaw and other tool, just not specifically a carving knife. Should I order precut blocks first or try to cut from a pattern?
You have a bandsaw, no reason to buy pre cut. Look for a pattern book with birds you like or draw your own patterns to trace on a block. You really don't need expensive tools to start out with old school gunners. I carve them with chisels, 3 or 4 different rasps, a couple knives and a drill press to hollow them after I cut out the block.
Billybob covered most of it. If you have a bandsaw and other woodworking tools, I'd definitely make one from my own pattern. This is one I'm working on yet. Used nothing other than bandsaw dremel and drill press. Plus some sandpaper. Nothing like the work some of these guys do but I will kill some birds over it and give it away some day.
What kind of bits do you use in the dremel tool??
Forget the Dremel. Not enough power. Think Foredom if you are going power carving. If you want to just use edged tools, you can make great decoys without power tools.
I would NOT start off making my own patterns; most of us don't really know what a live duck looks like, at least at first. Use good patterns to start, then when you have experience, you can start modifying the patterns to obtain the positions you want. I recommend Pat Godin's pattern books but they aren't cheap.