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  • Wood Duck or rainbow trout as Christmas Ornaments

    Has anyone carved a wood duck or a rainbow trout as a Christmas ornament? Probably in the 5-6” size. I’ve had a request to make both for gifts for next Christmas. Other than doing them as miniatures, I’ve thought about half round (flat back) but totally lacking in other ideas.
    From Missouri

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    Hi Donna , I've done the Wood Duck but don't remember where I got the Pattern . I'll send you the Pictures and maybe you can work with them . Merle 1-PICT0002-001.JPG 2-PICT0004-002.JPG 3-PICT0002-004.JPG

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    • Donna_T
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      Thanks, Merle, this is an awesome carving that’’s obviously a woodduck without all the color painting. I love it...really lets the wood shine!

  • #3
    I think they'd make great ornaments. Make them out of 1/4 or 1/2 inch thick wood, and relief-carve both sides - this will reduce the weight significantly.

    Claude
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    • Donna_T
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      Claude, that’s an excellent idea. More relief than in the round would certainly save wood, weight, and carving time.

  • #4
    Both have nice bright colours and look quite splendid in their own right so I would go for it!!!! Look forward to seeing them.

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    • Donna_T
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      Glen, there’s so many possibilities to chose from when it comes to just doing them in miniature form. I just hope to be finished before next Christmas!!

  • #5
    Take a look at decoy ducks. Some are pretty enough to make a great ornament. Then just take a decoy pattern and scale it down to the size you want. Here's one I've had on my bench but yet to finish.

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    • Donna_T
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      Just doing them in miniature form was what I first thought, but goodness, they are still lots of work carving, then lots of work painting. What a challenge!
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