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Mike Lashbrook
Carvings in the Illinois tradition

by Richard Cowan and Richard LaFountain

The hunting instinct has been inbred into a long line of Lashbrooks, passing on from generation to generation. Their decoys were made with white pine or cedar, all hollow carved in the Illinois tradition. The two piece body was glued together and enforced with small finishing nails. All the heads were finished with fine glass taxidermy eyes. The majority of the shaping on the body was accomplished with draw knives, wood rasps and files. A knife was used for little more than carving the bill.

For the complete story, please see the July/Aug. 1998 issue of Decoy Magazine.

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