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#7208748 - 12/20/12 eDecoy wood  
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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]  
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A lot of the guys use cedar

#7208926 - 12/20/12 Re: eDecoy wood [Re: bull]  
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White, or red cedar?


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#7209524 - 12/20/12 Re: eDecoy wood [Re: wabigoon]  
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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.

#7210493 - 12/21/12 Re: eDecoy wood [Re: ranger1]  
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What about tupelo?

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Basswood!

#7216096 - 12/22/12 Re: eDecoy wood [Re: VernAK]  
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Thanks all for the input.
Any pictures of decoys anyone has carved?


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#7217014 - 12/22/12 Re: eDecoy wood [Re: wabigoon]  
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Basswood + 2 also known as Linden tree. A Chesapeake Bay favorite for 200+ years.


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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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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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