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2.0 custom carved custom turkey decoy
« on: March 20, 2012, 01:20:39 AM »
 :up1:  Here's my start on 2.0, my VECtor custom turkey decoy.  Still got quite a ways to go, and I'm really hopeful to hunt this decoy in less than 2 weeks, so I'm gonna have to start getting after it.  This custom turkey decoy will be a little more advanced than my 1.0 version from last year.

Thanks to Steve Parisi for showing photos of using forstner bits for the hollowing when he did his turkey decoy last year.  I started out trying to use my router, and I was just not impressed with the speed I was getting things done.  A new forstner bit cut through the basswood like butter. 

I wish these pictures showed my shaping better, but I'll have to take better ones as I continue to go.  It still looks pretty flat in these pictures, and it is not.

I obviously messed up on the one side pretty badly when I was using my sawsall to remove some of the wood from the waist/tail area.  Nothing some putty can't fix though.  I'm also going to build up the wing area a little.  They're flatter than I want them to be.

The head and tail will come later.  if I have to put a plain head on it to begin with, I will, and come back with a nicer one later.  The head will be removable, so I'll be fine with making a couple versions of one.  Painting up a flat head won't take more than 10 minutes if that's all I need to hunt this decoy in two weeks. 

Each of these two sides are thicker on their own than my 1.0 decoy I made last year. 

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« Last Edit: March 30, 2012, 01:00:55 AM by Parker »
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Re: 2.0 custom carved turkey decoy
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2012, 06:28:58 AM »
I'm excited to see the finished product.  I thought the last one was really cool.

A friend and I made up my decoy on Saturday.  It's not carved though.  I bought a taxidermy body and a painted head.  We skinned out a road kill hen I picked up last year, gave her a good rub down in borax, added a few sheet rock screws, a couple dozen sewing pens, some artificial sinew and ended up with a pretty good looking "stuffed decoy". 
I'm going to use and abuse her for a few years and when she gets to ragged to glue feathers back on I'll peel the hide off of the body and start over.
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Re: 2.0 custom carved turkey decoy
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2012, 10:01:45 AM »
Looks like you got a plan! Should be fun to see how it comes out. My only question is, did you purposely drill all the way through in those two spots by the rump and if so, why? ~Andre

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Re: 2.0 custom carved turkey decoy
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2012, 11:18:02 AM »
Looks like you got a plan! Should be fun to see how it comes out. My only question is, did you purposely drill all the way through in those two spots by the rump and if so, why? ~Andre

From my original post:


I obviously messed up on the one side pretty badly when I was using my sawsall to remove some of the wood from the waist/tail area.  Nothing some putty can't fix though.  I'm also going to build up the wing area a little.  They're flatter than I want them to be.

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Re: 2.0 custom carved turkey decoy
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2012, 03:05:48 PM »
Looks like you got a plan! Should be fun to see how it comes out. My only question is, did you purposely drill all the way through in those two spots by the rump and if so, why? ~Andre

From my original post:


I obviously messed up on the one side pretty badly when I was using my sawsall to remove some of the wood from the waist/tail area.  Nothing some putty can't fix though.  I'm also going to build up the wing area a little.  They're flatter than I want them to be.

Whoops! :nono: I didn't realize that's what you meant (I read the whole thing too...) ~Andre

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Re: 2.0 custom carved turkey decoy
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2012, 03:55:25 PM »
 :rofl:  You're the same age as my oldest boy, Andre.  I'll just show you the same way I show him.......Just show it to him again.   :rockon:

And I only say that because you said you read it the first time.   :rofl:  Most of us only look at the pictures, and reply, and THEN think about what the original poster might have told us in text.   :hysterical:   :rockon:

I CAN HONESTLY tell you, I wish I wouldn't have screwed up like that, that's for sure!   :up1:

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Re: 2.0 custom carved turkey decoy
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2012, 05:25:02 PM »
Nothing a little wood putty can't fix or you could make it true round and put a plug in it so you could fill the front and make it a duck butt.

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Re: 2.0 custom carved turkey decoy
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2012, 05:10:02 PM »
I did a little drawing this afternoon, and I've started the carving.  I'm VERY happy with my carving results so far.  This photo was taken prior to me starting on the carving of each feather.

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Re: 2.0 custom carved turkey decoy
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2012, 05:52:59 PM »
looks great I can't wait to see the final decoy!  :gitrdone:
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Re: 2.0 custom carved turkey decoy
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2012, 07:17:52 PM »
Whew!  I've got all the lines carved in on one side, and have about half of the contours in for that same side.  This is gonna take a little time, but I'm pretty darn happy with the results so far!

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Re: 2.0 custom carved turkey decoy
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2012, 09:08:14 PM »
Thats really starting to look good Parker. Can't wait to see the finished product.

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Re: 2.0 custom carved turkey decoy
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2012, 12:59:14 AM »
Okay.....so.....starting the carving got me addicted to working on it. I finished the carving on side #1 tonight. I may do a little sanding on it, but not much. I don't want it to be smooth.

I have debated wood burning the lines into the individual feathers. I'm afraid I am going to go to all the work of it, and then the acrylic paint is going to be so thick that it won't show through anyways. I may do a test feather and see what happens. I don't think it would take me more than a couple more hours to texture each feather.

I was going to post a picture of the side that's completed, but you can't see the detail without the photo being taken outside. I'll get some pics tomorrow.

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Re: 2.0 custom carved turkey decoy
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2012, 01:35:03 PM »
Starting to get pretty serious........

I'm really loving the "no rules" of this whole project. 

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Re: 2.0 custom carved turkey decoy
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2012, 03:48:30 PM »
Parker, that is coming out quite nice.  i can wait to see what it looks like completed and painted.

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Re: 2.0 custom carved turkey decoy
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2012, 04:30:21 PM »
 :bigup: Man your doing a awesome job on that sucker!!!  :bigup:

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