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Project by dlcarver posted 03-18-2008 04:13 PM 1572 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

He is carved from pine wood in two pieces, the head being seperate, then attached. The head and neck is very meticulously painted life-like. Measures 15” long x 6” wide x 7” high. Very gratifying after many hours of work.

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#1 posted 03-18-2008 04:21 PM

Hi Dave

Wow! The detail on this birds head is wonderful. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 03-18-2008 05:16 PM

Dave your work is inspiring and beautiful. How many carvings do you figure you’ve done over the years? Do you find the carving or the painting the most difficult part? I know that they are two very different talents (painting and carving) and you seem to have mastered both.

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

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#3 posted 03-18-2008 09:14 PM

thats really great. i love seeing your work. they all look so lifelike and beautiful. thanks for all the great post.

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#4 posted 03-19-2008 12:02 AM

another great duck. do you sign your work ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 03-19-2008 12:06 AM

I started this a couple of hours ago, but started hurting really bad, so I layed down for a while. I feel better now.

Well, my ducks and geese number at this time 546. That is over about a 12 or 15 year period (not sure). In the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s I was producing over 1000 carvings a year for a few years….. did about 20 shows a year then, mostly Mall shows…. we were involved with a local circuit of shows within about a 75 or 90 mile radius. I use to have to shut off orders for Christmas October 1rst. Sometimes people would have to pick up there orders on Christmas Eve…. that’s how close I would call it. Of course to do so many carvings, they had to be small magnetics and things like that. At the shows I use to sit and carve small ducks about 3” or so long. I could do one in about 30 or 40 minutes…... people could stand and watch me and be able to see the carving take shape and be completed, from a squared off cut out blank. I use to sell the unfinished one that someone watched being carved, and knock off 50 cents. Occassionally I would carve a simplified large duck about 10” or 12” long that required the banging of chisle and mallet. That would attract people to my set up….sometimes I would have as many as 30 or 40 people at one time watching. That’s when Mall shows were just coming in. I did some of the first mall shows in this area. I was young and full of vigor then. I didn’t use to sign my work, but now I found out how important it is to people. So now I sign everything as best as I can. Some stuff is so small I can only initial it. I have even had people bring back a piece and make me sign it. I had only one person in 47 years that made me carve off my name… (not wanting my signature). I lost one big sale (Canada Goose) , because I forgot to wood burn my name into the bottom of it. SHUCKS!!!

Basically Bill, I really don’t know, to date…..I lost track many many years ago…. when I finaly decided I didn’t really care how many I was doing. I hope this answers some of your questions. By the way I am much slower now, but just as busy, Ha Ha!....... Have a good one…....Dave

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#6 posted 03-19-2008 12:30 AM

fantastic… gorgeous creation.

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

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#7 posted 03-19-2008 04:35 PM

Hi Bill!
I just realized that your question has two parts…..
It really depends on the carving. If a carving is intricate and the design is many different colors, it will be just as hard or harder to paint it. For instance carving a woodduck is hard enough, but the painting is many different colors, and vermiculations. To paint a woodduck then to paint a canvasback duck is quite different. The woodduck requires the mixing of colors, so you have some unavoidable waste going on…. you need to mix a minimum of what you know you will need for sure. I have , on a project before mixed too little paint, and had to go over it with a new mixture mixed with the proper amount to finish the project. By now I have mastered the processes well enough that I can pretty much match what I have to…. but it wasn’t always like that…........ THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST AND QUESTIONS!............ Dave

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#8 posted 03-19-2008 05:55 PM

Very nice Dave,
I especially like it when the wood grain shows.

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

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