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Antique-Style Duck Decoys


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Tom Matus is a world champion wildfowl carver and an instructor and judge for the Ward World Champion Wildfowl Carving Competition. He is a frequent contributor to Wood Carving Illustrated and the author of Duck Decoys: Classic Carving Projects Made Easy and Antique-Style Duck Decoys. He lives in Boise, Idaho. For more of Tom's work, visit his website at


Master tips are given all throughout the book...the author goes into great detail to show you, with step by step pictures and instructions, how to carve an antique wood duck decoy. The book is so interesting and informative that the carver will enjoy the book as much as carving the decoy.
The photography and layout in all areas of the book was phenomenal. The step-by-steps were clear and in synch with the text and supportive of the text, and there are a couple of very artistic still-life hunting scenes. Finally, there was my favorite part of the book, the painting schedule and instruction. It seems very detailed, complete, and unambiguous. Several years ago, when I carved and painted my first wood duck, I paid more than the price of this book for a booklet on just painting the wood duck. That guide was not even half as well done as the painting schedule in "Antique Style Duck Decoys." Chapter 4: Painting Awesome, awesome, awesome.

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