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August Workbench
Assuming the changes at photobucket have kept folks from posting lately.

Replacement A/C unit in the studio, making it pleasant to work in there once more

Here is a Barrows finished up recently:






MLBob

"Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic." (Annie Dillard)

....Here's to Joe Wooster, who made me realize that the useful could and should be beautiful; and who firmly believed that decoy carvers were the last free men in America.

https://www.facebook.com/KOOIdecoy?ref=hl

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M L Bob:

It is simply gorgeous.
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Beautiful Barrows Bob.

See if I can remember how to do this.
A wooden box I recently painted for Deuce stuff.





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A blend of form & function! I like it!


MLBob

"Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic." (Annie Dillard)

....Here's to Joe Wooster, who made me realize that the useful could and should be beautiful; and who firmly believed that decoy carvers were the last free men in America.

https://www.facebook.com/KOOIdecoy?ref=hl

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Bob & Tim~

Excellent work, Gents! I'm STILL cleaning/organizing my storage spaces and shop. I ope to actually start producing stuff in a couple of days.

In the meantime, George Williams asked me to post this photo of his Pato Maceiro:



We North Americans know this South American species as Yellow-billed Pintail.

All the best,

SJS

Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Love that yellow Bill!

Here's a frond version:




MLBob

"Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic." (Annie Dillard)

....Here's to Joe Wooster, who made me realize that the useful could and should be beautiful; and who firmly believed that decoy carvers were the last free men in America.

https://www.facebook.com/KOOIdecoy?ref=hl

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Tim, I love that box. That's great artwork there. Especially love the pheasant...outstanding work
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Thanks Bob, Steve and Dani.

I wanted some more practice on a dog portrait so I chose this truly spectacular subject. I had taken a couple photos of Deuce's mother and found a couple more on the internet. I had been planning to stop by the breeder soon to see his new male he is currently training. I'll drop this off for him as a thank you for producing such wonderful dogs. I hope he likes it.

VC Griffs Quasie Lady MH (Mya)






Tim
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Tim,

If he doesn't like that, there's something seriously wrong ;-)


MLBob

"Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic." (Annie Dillard)

....Here's to Joe Wooster, who made me realize that the useful could and should be beautiful; and who firmly believed that decoy carvers were the last free men in America.

https://www.facebook.com/KOOIdecoy?ref=hl

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All~

As I have mentioned, I have been working since early May just to clean and organize most of the storage spaces here. The last leg was my shop/studio itself. I will be posting an extensive "shop tour" soon, but, I thought I would share this little project first. Since I built my shop (2008-2010), I have been wanting to upgrade the "entrance". I have been stapling down a piece of cardboard right inside the main door to give some protection to the pine flooring. The cardboard has served me well, but I have often thought of trying an old technology: a painted canvas Floor Cloth.

As part of my Magnum Cleanup, I needed to discard some old - but large - paintings (not mine) on canvas. Rather than cart them to the dump, I cut out the canvas and cut up the pine frames for the stove. A couple of days ago, I trimmed the canvas to make 5 pieces suitable for Floor Cloths. Each is 33.5 inches wide - but lengths vary. Yesterday, I began my first experiment. I am relying mostly on "scrap" latex paint that surfaced during the cleanup. I drew the flying Broadbill about 25 years ago - for signs at the South Shore Waterfowlers Annual Duckboat Show and Waterfowl Festival.



I still need to put 3 coats of spar varnish on it before I tack it to the floor. I am anxious to see how it wears. It seems like just the right amount of abuse could give it a bit more character. Only time will tell....but I can always get more cardboard....

All the best,

SJS

Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Boy, all that work is top notch.
I wish I could paint or carve.

My mom is a painter
everything she touches turns to art

from splashed paint on her shirt cuff
to greeting cards at Christmas


i am the guy that draws stick figures of men throwing spears
at a stick figure mammoth





Don't just do something, Stand there!
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That's some doormat Cap'! Very nice!

Did you mix sand or something for traction with the paint?

Tom
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Good morning, Tom~

No sand. I'm counting on you are your family to grind in some Washington County gravel.....

See you soon,

SJS

Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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LOL, I bet they try jumping over so they don't mess it up!

Tom
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I am frustrated. Wonder why GOD gave so much talent to Bob,Tim Steve and George and so little to poor old me? Guess i was in the wrong line. But that doesn't stop me from enjoying it.
Excellent work all.
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Loving the new upgrades. A few teal I finished up last week.



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Pre-August, but the new site is making posts easy:

Shooting Box I made from scrap lumber. Some oak, some luan, some of unknown origin. The purpose is to house some of my father's personal hunting stuff, some of which I have his over the years....



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Giving the new forum changes a try. My carving club asks us all to wear name tags. I guess we cant remember everyones name. Anyway, we are allowed to use whatever design we want to in creating our name tags. I finally finished mine.


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Nail birds

Three shorebirds. Inspired by rusty old nails I found between boards of the very old wood working/furniture building work bench in my shop.

The Sanderling is balsa, the Red Knot and Golden Plover white pine, oil paints.












"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Have a fish from Capt. Harry Jobe I bought ~20yrs ago. Got a big piece of basswood several years back at Strongsville show. Finally got around to trying to make something similar myself.
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Have been working on 2 dozen Homers , got them coated and painted up. Now ready to get them on some long lines.




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Nice looking Rig.
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I see the Steve Sanford influence especially on the drakes. Nice job.
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Thanks. I used Steve Sanfords tutorial from his website and his paint colors. He has some great info.
Now going to try some redhead hens next.

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B Garman: Aug 26, 2017, 9:52 AM
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What happens when goose season is about to open, you have a dozen unpainted Herter's, and a son who wants to hunt geese and has no decoys? Well you get a kid motivated enough to pick up a brush and start painting. I trestle coated a dozen Herter's geese with epoxy and grit-o-cobb and never got past priming them. They've been hanging in the rafters at my shop collecting dust. They will see use for sure now. Tomorrow a couple buddies are coming over to help him finish them. For reference material they found decoys by some guy name Sanford on google.