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Bufflehead Demo - Part II

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  1. DecoyHobby

    DecoyHobby Refuge Member

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    Here's the next installment of the Bufflehead Demo. Heads and bodies are pine, carved with hand tools. Body pattern is an adaptation of Willy's bobtail Bluebill. Heads were carved using only a knife. The bodies are two piece construction and will be hollowed. No glue or filler has been used at this point. Parts are temporarily held together with screws.

    The first picture shows the head being let into the body. I then draw around the head with a pencil so it can be removed to start shaping the body.
    Bufflehead Demo - 8 Inlet Head.jpg

    In the second picture the body is rounded out with a drawknife.
    Bufflehead Demo - 9 Drawknife.jpg
     
  2. DecoyHobby

    DecoyHobby Refuge Member

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    Next I use a Sureform rasp to further round the body. The Sureform knocks down the high spots left by the drawknife and makes for nice smooth curves.
    Bufflehead Demo - 10 Sureform.jpg

    Half round files are then used to transition the head into the body. I also use the files to smooth out some of the grooves left by the rasp.
    Bufflehead Demo - 11 Round Files.jpg
     
  3. DecoyHobby

    DecoyHobby Refuge Member

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    Here's the decoy sanded and ready to be hollowed. I will take the head off and Gorilla Glue it on with some filler where the back of the neck fits into the back of the body. The body will be hollwed with a forstner bit and will be epoxied back together. I will float test before I put it back together so internal weights can be used for balance.
    Bufflehead Demo - 13 High Head.jpg
     
  4. DecoyHobby

    DecoyHobby Refuge Member

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    More pictures of the sanded birds.
    Bufflehead Demo - 12 Sanded Bodies.jpg
    Bufflehead Demo - 14 Low Head.jpg
     
  5. Frank Peeters

    Frank Peeters Senior Refuge Member

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    Nice simple gunners, thanks for the demo.......I can see which one has been hollowed to be really lite by the pictures. :cool:

    Frank
     
  6. bret stanbridge

    bret stanbridge Elite Refuge Member

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    Very nice work! :tu
     
  7. DecoyHobby

    DecoyHobby Refuge Member

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    No Frank...it's not floating in thin air. Can't you see by the picture, what with his head stretched so high and all, he's jumping up. Man, for a minute there I thought you were pulling my leg.
     
  8. DecoyHobby

    DecoyHobby Refuge Member

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    Here are the finished decoys. Paint's are tube oils.
    Bufflehead Drake 2005-1ref.jpg
    Bufflehead Drake 2005-2ref.jpg
     
  9. jaysdux1

    jaysdux1 Elite Refuge Member

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    again that I love those birds. Nice clean lines.....good flow! What I really like about all of your birds..... the heads have great style. :tu
     

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