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Project by dlcarver posted 03-12-2008 01:00 PM 1648 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This wood duck decoy is handcarved from bass wood, then painted life like. He is one of the pretiest in the duck species. Their habitat is mostly in the marsh lands, nesting in wood boxes or hollowed tree trunks. Swift in flight. Back feathers are carved as well. About 13” long x about 6” wide. Handsome fellow he is! All Decoys are numbered and dated by year, and signed by the carver. Has several coats satin varnish applied and glass eyes.
Thanks for coming to my GALLERY!

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 03-12-2008 01:31 PM

you are cookin-with-gas on this one ! another beautiful duck presented with great photography skills too.

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#2 posted 03-12-2008 02:17 PM

Hi Dave,

I wondered when you were going to showcase one of these. They are absolutely beautiful birds. I agree that this is one of the more colorful birds to watch. And this is a beautiful carving. It is much too nice to simply label it as a decoy, however. These are usually rather bland and bear only a semblance to reality. This is a work of art. I simply could not imagine putting this one to work. It should be in a display case.

Again, thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 03-12-2008 02:31 PM

Hi Dave!

I agree with you, the Wood duck is about the most beautiful in the duck family.

I was on a river canoing once, & in the 7 mile stretch, a pair of wood ducks kept just ahead of us the whole time..

I love your carving talent, & your painting skills are exceptional.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 03-12-2008 02:40 PM

Hows it sit in the water?

Nice decoy, I collect them (at least my own) and can totally appreciate the work involved.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 03-12-2008 02:50 PM

That is awesome, How many hours does it take to complete something like that.

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#6 posted 03-12-2008 03:09 PM

Wow Dave the ducks are impressive. I like the way you give a description of the duck and how you carved it. You’ve got talent. (I’ll keep my little carved dog on a tether so he doesn’t chase your ducks!)

Looking forward to more of your beautiful work.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#7 posted 03-12-2008 03:14 PM

That is truly amazing, what beautiful work!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#8 posted 03-13-2008 09:57 AM

When I went into broadcast journalism during my first career they said “you should know something else beside broadcasting in order to be a success.” They’d point to the reporters who covered the Supreme Court. They were all lawyers. They’d point to the health reporters…they were doctors. The football game announcers were all ex-footballers. Here we see an example of a naturalist…who just happens to like woodworking. The most successful are those who multiply their interests…this painted piece of wood is a duck. It might not quack…but it’s a duck.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#9 posted 03-14-2008 10:25 AM

That is beautiful. You certainly have some talent. I would assume that it takes as much talent to paint the bird as it does to carve it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 03-19-2008 08:16 PM

now THIS one is my favourite.. just too beautiful of a bird not to be a favourite

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 02-10-2009 05:01 PM

The bird looks great! Does anyone else look at this type of duck and think of star wars? I think their heads look like a storm trooper or darth vader helmet.

-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17

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#12 posted 02-10-2009 06:16 PM

I love Wood Ducks (used to eat them cooked with wild rice in a past life time, but that’s another story my kids just loved it) and yours is splendid, thanks for the post.
PS – I don’t kill things to eat or otherwise anymore except for an occasional human being. LOL

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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