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#7208748 - 12/20/12 eDecoy wood
wabigoon Offline
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Registered: 09/14/11
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Loc: Iowa/NW Ontaio
Any thoughts on the best type of wood to use for carving decoys?
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#7208860 - 12/20/12 Re: eDecoy wood [Re: wabigoon]
bull Offline
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Registered: 01/18/03
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Loc: North Mississippi
A lot of the guys use cedar

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#7208926 - 12/20/12 Re: eDecoy wood [Re: bull]
wabigoon Offline
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Loc: Iowa/NW Ontaio
White, or red cedar?
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#7209524 - 12/21/12 Re: eDecoy wood [Re: wabigoon]
ranger1 Offline
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Registered: 11/14/03
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Loc: Central Montana
A lot of the old time makers that put out thousands of them used old telegraph poles. I believe that they were red cedar. I've used white cedar and not had any problems.

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#7210493 - 12/21/12 Re: eDecoy wood [Re: ranger1]
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#7211949 - 12/21/12 Re: eDecoy wood [Re: Orphanedcowboy]
cburns17 Offline
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Registered: 10/31/11
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Loc: TN
What about tupelo?
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#7215850 - 12/22/12 Re: eDecoy wood [Re: cburns17]
VernAK Offline
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Registered: 06/27/01
Posts: 2684
Loc: Delta Junction, Alaska
Basswood!

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#7216096 - 12/22/12 Re: eDecoy wood [Re: VernAK]
wabigoon Offline
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Registered: 09/14/11
Posts: 4162
Loc: Iowa/NW Ontaio
Thanks all for the input.
Any pictures of decoys anyone has carved?
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#7217014 - 12/23/12 Re: eDecoy wood [Re: wabigoon]
highrocktwo Offline
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Registered: 01/16/12
Posts: 265
Loc: South Mountain, Central, PA
Basswood + 2 also known as Linden tree. A Chesapeake Bay favorite for 200+ years.
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#7217682 - 12/23/12 Re: eDecoy wood [Re: highrocktwo]
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Registered: 01/28/01
Posts: 16718
Loc: Burns/Hines, Oregon, USA
Basswood again as it rarely if ever splits.
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#7218247 - 12/23/12 Re: eDecoy wood [Re: 1minute]
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Registered: 11/26/10
Posts: 957
Loc: U.P. Mich-Lk. St. Clair
I have carved several thousand gunning and decorative decoys I use basswood because of availability to me. It is a junk wood to burn and I can get it for free. All of my hunting decoys are hollowed out to get them to float correctly and cut down on weight.

I can get all the white cedar I would ever need for free on my land but there is a lot of waste because of pin knots that you would need to fill with plugs to get a smooth water tight surface. It also takes 75-100 years to grow a white cedar to to a size that you can get a block from it. The trees make a better winter cover for the deer than a decoy.

For a competition decorative decoys I use tupelo because it holds finer details better. If tupelo was a cheap local wood I would use it all the time. My source for tupelo is in Louisiana.

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