Carve a Ross’s Goose Decoy, Part One

Some distinctive features set this one apart.

By: Jason Lucio

Jason Lucio is a Master and World Champion artist who has been carving birds for more than 30 years. Not content to rest on his laurels, Jason is always looking for new ways to make his work excel.

With its clean white plumage, contrasting black wingtips, and accenting carmine bill, the Ross’s goose is a handsome species. About the size of a mallard, this bird is a smaller version of the better-known snow goose. You can generally find it in the western half of North America. The small size makes it a little less cumbersome to carve and easier to find a block of wood to accommodate the pattern.

When carving any bird species, I try to identify the features that grab me the most and use them to their best advantage. Ross’s geese have a certain look or character about them that I find appealing and I want to recreate that in the carving. This look comes from the rounded head, stout bill, and thick, furrowed neck, along with the cascading secondary coverts and dagger-like primaries at the other end of the bird. I will be sure to utilize these features and embellish them if necessary to capture that character.

With these features in mind and a pattern developed, I am ready to carve out this Ross’s goose decoy.


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