How to Carve a Wood Duck

How to Carve a Wood Duck. Carved wooden ducks are primarily used for decoys in duck hunting. However, they also make wonderful additions to home decor, hunting lodges or rustic cabins. Carving a wood duck is truly an art form passed down through many generations. Although the tools of the trade have become much better over time, hand-carving ducks still takes time and patience.

Transfer the desired duck pattern with matching top and side views to a block of wood.

Use a band saw to cut out the pattern with one continuous line for the top view and the side view.

Lay out a pattern with matching views for the head on a second block of wood.

Cut along the lines of the top view and then the side view with a band saw.

Take the body of the duck that you have cut out and transfer carving guidelines to the wood--tail, head, rump, waterline, wing and centerline.

Begin carving along the transfer line with carving tools. The tools you will need are large and small rasps, a regular knife, push-pull knife and some 80- to 100-grit sandpaper. Some duck artists also use wood-burning tools to add wing and feather details to the duck.

Prepare the head platform by cutting out a flat surface for the head to rest on at the end of the body. Attach the head to the body with wood glue and clamp into place.


Once your duck has been carved, you can paint the duck using a variety of patterns, depending on how you want your finished product to look.

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