VideoBoozer works with a draw knife and a rasp to shape the decoy body out of white cedar. Video produced and shot by SC Educational Television.
At one time woodworking was one of the most common crafts of the American South. All aspects of carpentry and carving, including the selection of wood, were traditions passed from parent to child. Woodworking was an essential skill in rural South Carolina. Before rail transportation, inland residents had little access to imported wares. Local craftsmen made most of the basic furniture and household items – bureaus, chests, tables, chairs, utensils, mixing bowls, benches – the variety is endless. Vernacular furniture was often hand-hewn from native woods. Carved items used for hunting include bird decoys and bird calls. Whimsies, toys, and walking canes were also carved in abundance. While these objects were utilitarian by nature, most of them also incorporated ornamentation that reflected individual and communal artistic expression.
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VideoBoozer working on the tail of the decoy - undercutting primary feathers, using a chisel and rasp to shape the tail section. Produced and shot by SC Educational Television.
VideoBoozer uses a brace and gouge to hollow out the underside of the decoy body. Footage courtesy of SC Educational Television.
VideoBoozer uses a small Buck pocket knife to carve the decoy's head. Footage courtesy of SC Educational Television.
VideoBoozer discusses the application of the glass eyes to the decoy's head and finishes carving the head. Footage courtesy of SC Educational Television.
VideoBoozer describes the painting process and the final touches to complete a decoy. Footage courtesy of SC Educational Television.
VideoBoozer explains the indigenious nature of the wild fowl decoy. Footage courtesy of SC Educational Television.
VideoBoozer explains how he obtains the white cedar for his duck decoys. Footage courtesy of SC Educational Television.
VideoCost discusses the importance of wood in crafting a call and the different sounds a turkey call should make. Courtesy of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
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