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~~  Traditional style decoys handmade by Capt. P.G. Ross  ~~ 
Swans
Ducks, geese
 and brant

Swans
Shorebirds
Other Birds
Fish etc.


Wooden Decoys
 Capt. Ross handcarves these decoys from either juniper (white cedar), white pine or cottonwood.  Full size swans feature light, hollow bodies with wooden heads. A wooden keel m with heavy weight is a must to make these huge birds self-righting.  Head positions and postures vary and make each decoy truly a one-of-a-kind carving!

P.G. also makes a 1/3 size swan that is ideal for mantles or as a dining table centerpiece.  They are made the same as a gunning decoy, but not hollow.
 
P.G. handpaints all of his decoys with oil paints
(using only brushes).  This results in a carving with deep rich colors that will develop a fine patina over the years.  He paints decoys in the gunning tradition that utilizes an "impressionistic" style that strays from detailing each individual feather, but instead uses techniques to simulate the overall look of the feather patterns.

Decoys are weighted to be self-righting and include a leather strap for rigging an anchor line.
  swan
whistling swan, full size
cottonwood body, red cedar neck and white pine head  (2005)

 

swansmall
1/3 scale whistling swan
3 pieces white pine (1995)


Ducks, geese
 and brant

Swans
Shorebirds
Other Birds
Fish etc.

 
Cork Decoys
These blocks feature tan "Chesapeake cork" for the body with a wooden head, keel and tail insert.  Keels are connected through the body to the head and tail insert via galvanized lag screws.  Additonally, these parts are epoxied to the cork.  This produces a solid and tough hunting decoy.  

The same painting methods are used as described for wooden bodied decoys.  

Decoys are weighted to be self-righting.
 
"I prefer to make my cork hunting decoys with thick, tough bills and necks and use oil paints which make these birds durable during tough use and very capable of tolling in the fowl."
   swanhead
antiqued swan head profile mounted on the bottom of an old bushel basket found in the marshes near Saxis Island, VA
white pine (2004)

  





Feel free to contact P.G. Ross with any comments or inquiries at rossdecoys@msn.com

In the Gunning Tradition   ~   From a Fowling Heritage