Strong Tail, Summer Plumage

They call it a long-tailed duck for a reason. It may require some reinforcement before you paint.

By: Laurie J. Mcneil

I have carved many long-tailed ducks over the years, including one I demonstrated in the Winter and Spring 2016 issues of Wildfowl Carving Magazine. For my latest version of the species, I decided to try something different by painting the bird in its beautiful breeding, or “summer,” plumage. In this article I will demonstrate how I used brass rod to reinforce the long center pin feathers of the tail, and the differences I found with the plumage. For the basic carving demonstration, check out the Winter 2016 issue.


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