Progress report on Shorebird Decoy Carving

Friday 8th July – Yesterday I spent some time at “Curlew Workshop” in Port Albernie with my Shorebird carving mentor David Parks.
I had taken six roughed out shorebirds  for him to critique.
David was kind in suggesting just a few style changes that I am now making.
However, with low tide and a pleasant evening on hand I took them to our beach and set up the raw decoys for some photos.
I have really enjoyed working on these birds achieving a suitable soft rounded feel all over each body so that with  my eyes closed they “feel real” 🙂

Unpainted Classic Decoys on Columbia Beach French Creek BC


Looking quite at home

For those that may be interested I used patterns from Hilmans ” Carving Classic Regional Shorebirds”
They are l to r Yellowlegs Charles Clarke ; Sanderling Feeding ; Yellowlegs Preening Cape Cod ;Golden Plover Elmer Crowell ; Yellowlegs Ira Hudson ; Red Knot  Folding Flattie Mass.
The wood used is local Yellow Cedar = Yellow Cypress

All of these birds can be seen at our beach during their Northward migration each Spring

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