Tom Matus has been woodsculpting for almost a quarter of a century. One of the premiere decoy carvers in the country, Tom holds national status in the field. Here, he demonstrates how to carve a mallard drake decoy. From selecting and drawing a pattern to transferring and cutting with a band saw to final carving details and painting secrets, Matus shares great techniques from start to finish. The type of carvings Tom creates are termed gunning decoys
, which means that they are intended for use in actual hunting -- not simply to sit on a mantle indoors. They're designed to float realistically on the water's surface and draw real ducks in close to the hunter. This episode of DIY's Woodsculpting
workshop provides an overview of the techniques Tom has developed and his approach to carving decoys.