Grace and elegance in every way

S J Sanford - Pintail

I think of this Drake Pintail as one of 2 quintessential Sanford decoratives – the Oldsquaw is the other “flagship”.  Both give me lots of opportunity to include my thoughts about form and line and curves and even color.  The difference, I suppose, is in the details.  More specifically, the difference resides in the intricacies of the patterns on the feathers.  It takes a lot of planning and work and fussing to get the look I want – but I really enjoy the Drake’s herringbone tweed cape.  And I insist that the tail feathers and their coverts reflect a perfect, geometric progression in size and aspect.  If I am successful, these details draw the viewer’s eyes ever closer.

Pintail - BIS 1989

This Drake was my first Best-in-Show at the U. S. National Decoy Show in 1989.  Its paint scheme has some softer edges and I still enjoy – all these years later – the droop in the tertials and scapulars.  I drew the pattern for this carving in 1988 and have not made any substantive alterations since.

TMS Pintail - WS

This bird was the subject of a video produced by DEC.  The very professional crew filmed all day – the 4-minute finished product is available at     and also on         .  I put a gunning paint job on this bird for the video but later removed it – so I could spend 10 or 15 hours more to get it just right for my Dad’s Eightieth birthday gift.

TMS Pintail - neck detail - WS   TMS Pintail - head detail WS

Pintails provide me the most opportunity for “playing with curves” – and I sometimes override Mother Nature – as when I carry the white up over the eye.  I know it’s “wrong” – but I just cannot help myself.

Wesner Pintail b-revised

This Drake was carved and painted at about the same time as the one I did for my Dad.  Just as cooking shows do, I had two different birds – one ready to paint – for the cameras.  This one, though, was for a Fiftieth Birthday for a close friend.

Pintail Pair - Gunners

This pair is part of my personal gunning rig.  I made them – along with a pair of Shovelers – to add some color to my cork Black Ducks.  They are hollow White Pine.  The Drake has a hardwood tail insert – maybe White Oak – that I reinforced with ‘glass and epoxy.

Pintail Pair 2

Here are the gunners at work – in a “salt pond” up inside the marsh.

McDuffie Pintail 2011  McDuffie Pintail Hen - painted 2011 WS

I re-painted these 2 factory birds – sold through Cabelas? – for a good friend.  The speed and simplicity of gunning bird patterns allows for a very free painting style – every minute is a pleasure.

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