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Decorative decoy carver's ultimate painting & pattern portfolio / Bruce Burk.
Title Variants:
Decorative decoy carver's ultimate painting and pattern portfolio
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Mount Joy : Fox Chapel Publishing, [2018]

Physical Description:
224 pages : coloured illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Updated version of two volumes of Bruce Burk's Decorative decoy designs.
"Provides detailed instructions for painting duck decoys, plus painting patterns, full-body patterns, and head patterns"-- Provided by publisher.


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736.4 BUR Book Adult General Collection

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When world champion waterfowl carvers talk about early influences on their careers, they usually mention Bruce Burk. Now duck carvers of all levels can improve the quality of their work with guidance from this legendary artist. Decorative Decoy Carver's Ultimate Painting & Pattern Portfolio, Revised Edition offers a classic portfolio of Burk's detailed color patterns and finishing tips and techniques. For carvers who have difficulty in making their own drawings--or those with limited access to live or mounted birds--this book will become a priceless tool in creating award-winning decoys. Inside you'll find an introduction that includes practical advice on photography, color, competitions and working with patterns. This is followed by page after page of full color patterns and detailed paint mixing instructions for 16 of the most popular and beautiful species, including both drakes and hens.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Getting Startedp. 8
American Goldeneye Drakep. 15
Barrow's Goldeneye Drakep. 23
American and Barrow's Goldeneye Hensp. 29
American Wigeon Drakep. 35
American Wigeon Henp. 43
Blue-Winged Teal Drakep. 49
Blue-Winged Teal Henp. 55
Bufflehead Drakep. 61
Bufflehead Henp. 67
Canvasback Drakep. 73
Canvasback Henp. 81
Carolina Wood Duck Drakep. 87
Carolina Wood Duck Henp. 95
Common Mallard Drakep. 101
Common Mallard Henp. 107
Gadwall Drakep. 113
Gadwall Henp. 121
Green-Winged Teal Drakep. 127
Green-Winged Teal Henp. 133
Harlequin Duck Drakep. 139
Harlequin Duck Henp. 145
Hooded Merganser Drakep. 151
Hooded Merganser Henp. 159
Lesser and Greater Scaup Drakesp. 165
Lesser and Greater Scaup Hensp. 173
Northern Shoveler Drakep. 181
Northern Shoveler Henp. 189
Ring-Necked Duck Drakep. 195
Ring-Necked Duck Henp. 201
Ruddy Duck Drakep. 207
Ruddy Duck Henp. 215
Bibliographyp. 221
Creditsp. 222
Indexp. 223