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srhardwoods

Chris
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Hello carvers, curiosity question for you. I have a handfull of Tupelo logs that I'm going to saw up this week. I never had the opportunity to carry Tupelo as one of our local larger mills contracted just about all of them, but I have a handufll of them to saw. What is the most common or best size for decoy carvings? Is it okay to leave the pith of the log in the pieces? I specialize in hardwoods, not Tupelo so I'm not sure. Searching online I'm finding all sorts of sizes, but is there one better than the other? I'm going to clip off the bell ends before sawing. Thanks for your help

Chris
 

decoycarver

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pat
I havent been on this site in awhile but I carve decoys. It may be too late to answer this question so Ill make it short. Carvers like light and white wood so cut out the heart and for me personally I get the biggest blocks I can get. Can always resaw into a smaller block
 

srhardwoods

Chris
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Thanks Tony, I'll give them a call. I cut the bell ends off, sealed and sheltered them, cut the logs 3-6" thick, random widths and 10' long.

Chris
 

Redfish71

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Dave
Light and white the bell end has wide growth rings which is a lighter and softer, a lot of carvers like this for there heads.
 
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