Archive for the decoys Category

A Murder of Crows

Posted in Carving, decoys, Woodworking on May 4, 2010 by Jim

I am really pleased with this new crow. I am getting quite a set of watch crows around the house. Somehow, they are comforting if you put them at the top of a bookcase where they can see the whole room.

I find this cedar surprisingly hard to carve.  I have to keep my knives very sharp but the incense of the cedar shavings filling the room makes it worth the extra effort.

-Jim

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New Crow Decoy Pattern

Posted in Carving, decoys, Woodworking with tags , , on May 2, 2010 by Jim

I have been working on a new fuller bodied crow decoy pattern. Here is a the first rough carving using it.

Do you have any old wooden crow decoys or carved wooden crows?

If you do, I would love to hear about them.

-Jim

Flattie Crow Decoy

Posted in Carving, decoys, Woodworking with tags on April 26, 2010 by Jim

All you need is cedar and a knife…

I have been too busy to get any extended time in the shop this last week. When I get even a few minutes free though,  I seem unable to stop carving  wooden crow decoys. The family Corvidae has my attention.

This is not a full bodied crow but in the ‘flattie’ style. It is also for sale on my Etsy shop.

I had a hard time getting together a pattern for my crows. Does anyone else have trouble finding good bird patterns? Please let me know if you have found some that you are really satisfied with. I have been photographing birds and making my own.

More cool tools are coming.

My father does a lot of metal work and a couple weeks ago I had asked him to make me some straight bladed draw knives. I got them and they turned out great. You will be jealous, I promise. I will post pics of them soon.

-Jim