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Pattern question (carving)

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  1. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Senior Refuge Member

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    Looking for some feedback from the carvers here of the forum. I have spent the evening drawing up a snow goose pattern. Admittedly I found the bill shape in William Veasey’s Waterfowl Painting book and verified that it was lifesized with Bruce Burk’s Game Bird Carving. That said I drew the rest of the head and neck from reference photos. 9058B7D3-58CC-43B4-AFC2-09E5D3352E6D.jpeg I am going to pair it with my cackling goose body. I want it to be a life size bird. So many of the patterns that you find out there are 110-115% so I am trying to make at least some of mine more true to size. Might crown it an 1/8”-1/4” higher at the shoulders but don’t want to go larger.

    What are your thoughts? And I way out in the parking lot on this one or am I at least in the ballpark?
     
  2. WHUP ! Hen

    WHUP ! Hen Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    It looks great, is it going in your rig or shelf ? If it is going in your rig I think it is overkill. My Snow rig consists of silhouettes and rags. If it were me I would put my time in on something more practical.
     
  3. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Senior Refuge Member

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    This one will float maybe once or twice and then likely find a shelf.

    Call it a trophy of sorts.

    This past Sunday we hunted over the hand carved diver rig. No plastic at all, a mixed rig of coots, Buffleheads, hooded mergansers, redheads, Scaup, goldeneyes, ringnecks, and a Canvasback. All made of cedar and cork.

    One of the birds we pulled that day was a lonely juvenile snow. Not that special of a score in the big picture of things, but I can count on two fingers the number of snow geese we have decoyed over the years. Looking at it in the boat I was taken by the coloration. The last one we got a couple years ago was a pure white adult. Not nearly as neat to look at as the much more grey juvenile. So I figured it would be a good way to preserve the memory to put its likeness in the spread. And to be honest, sometimes you need an excuse for a project.
     
  4. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Senior Refuge Member

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    It seemed a reasonable and unique challenge. I’m already the only person I know who has hooded mergansers decoys in his spread. Why not a lost and lonely snow goose?
     

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  5. Phil in MO

    Phil in MO Elite Refuge Member

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    Nice nail polish...
     
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  6. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Senior Refuge Member

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    Ha!!! Thanks Phil.... I told my daughter to get some pictures. Purples not really my color.
     
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    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    The head on that snow is too snake-like. Snows have heads that are more rounded. The bill is okay, just the head shape is off. Look at more reference photos.
     
  8. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Senior Refuge Member

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    Thanks. I have adjusted to add some more crown to the top of the head/forehead.
     

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