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Decorative Decoy Carver's Ultimate Painting & Pattern Portfolio

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The first volume set of expert reference books from Bruce Burk. Each portfolio features gorgeous full-size color painting charts and mixing instructions, full-size patterns, and feather detail. Highest quality digital scanning means the colors are vibrant and true to life. Spiral bound hardcovers lie flat for ease of use. More than 60 color reference photos of live birds in each volume plus championship carved birds by top carvers. Series One features 12 species of ducks.

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Overview

The first volume set of expert reference books from Bruce Burk. Each portfolio features gorgeous full-size color painting charts and mixing instructions, full-size patterns, and feather detail. Highest quality digital scanning means the colors are vibrant and true to life. Spiral bound hardcovers lie flat for ease of use. More than 60 color reference photos of live birds in each volume plus championship carved birds by top carvers. Series One features 12 species of ducks.

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Editorial Reviews

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Series One covers dabbling and Whistling Ducks, Series Two consists of Diving Ducks.

It seems best to me to write the review of these books a bit differently than the usual "one book, one review" format I must, of necessity, usually employ. Yes, these are separate books, but they cover the same material in the same way-only the subjects differ.

These are very classy looking books. Both are hard cover with an enclosed spiral binding, which makes pattern copying and painting directions much easier to accomplish. This binding allows the pages to lie flat instead of spending an hour of your time pushing down against the spine of the book in your efforts to see each page.

Both books were originally printed by Stackpole Books, so what we have here are actually revised and updated versions of the 1990 version of Bruce Burk's Volume 1 "Decorative Decoy Designs" and Volume 2, "Diving Ducks".

Paint charts showing the Grumbacker Oil Paint colors Burk in painting the projects are inside the front and back covers of both books. Burk is of the "mix your own colors" school, so you don't need a bottle or tube of every color you'll be using on the decoys you'll chose to make. Just mix the colors as directed and you should be in good shape on that score.

The books begin with a "Getting Started" chapter that includes some basic information on duck decoys, duck anatomy, paint mixing, etc., and a few good photographs of real ducks in various poses.

Now the books move directly into the projects. There are many different kinds of ducks included with a separate chapter for the male and the female of each species with the exception of American and Barrow's Goldeneye hens. Those birds look so much alike that only the males of the species seem to be able to tell the difference.

Each duck sex and species chapter begins with several photos of ducks in various poses.

The next facing pages contain the paint patterns, and following that, the next set of facing pages show full body and head patterns. Many pattern paged also contain foot patterns for the foot attitude of the featured duck.

In the main, the directions given are for producing a pretty fancy decoy. Yes, the book title says "Decorative" and I guess I should have realized that anything made using directions in these books was definitely never going to be tossed into a toe sack and end up with some shot gun pellets in his body!

These books are well done and the spiral binding is a huge plus in making the material easy to use.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565232167
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 583,703
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.27 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Burk ranks among the master bird carvers in the country and is responsible for getting thousands of other carvers started. Starting in 1954, he taught himself bird carving and has been carving professionally since 1960. Burk has published articles on bird carving in North American Decoys, Chipchats, and Ducks Unlimited Magazine and is the author of numerous books. Burk now lives in Grass Valley, California, where he devotes his time to the art of realistic bird sculpture, wildlife painting, and wildlife photography.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Getting Started 3
Common Mallard Drake 7
Common Mallard Hen 13
Black Duck Drake and Hen 19
Northern Pintail Drake 25
Northern Pintail Hen 31
Carolina Wood Duck Drake 39
Carolina Wood Duck Hen 47
American Wigeon Drake 53
American Wigeon Hen 61
Green-Winged Teal Drake 67
Green-Winged Teal Hen 73
Blue-Winged Teal Drake 79
Blue-Winged Teal Hen 85
Northern Cinnamon Teal Drake 91
Northern Cinnamon Teal Hen 97
Gadwall Drake 103
Gadwall Hen 111
Northern Shoveler Drake 117
Northern Shoveler Hen 125
Fulvous Whistling Duck Drake and Hen 131
Black-Bellied Whistling Duck Drake and Hen 139

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