Ruddy Love: How to Carve a Ruddy Duck, Part One

Some interesting feather techniques make this duck come alive.

By: Daniel Montano

Daniel Montano started carving in 1987 when he was in National City Junior High School in San Diego County. He is known for his palm frond carvings and feather work. Since first picking up an airbrush back in high school in 1990, the airbrush has become his tool of choice. He paints with acrylics and uses tupelo.
My first attempt at decoy carving was a ruddy duck. That was in 1987, and I was 13. My love for the ruddy has only grown since then. It is still my favorite species. I have painted all of my ruddy decoys in summer plumage, so for a change of pace this time, I created a stiff tail in late-winter colors. I’ve long wanted to carve a brown ruddy with subtle patches of burnt sienna and some blue on the bill, offering evidence that spring is just around the corner.

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