Drake Decoy Northern Shoveler by Donald Pawlaczyk Signed BJ - Michigan Carver
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The Northern Shoveler has a very long spoon shaped bill, useful for dabbling in the water, head down, for meals. This hand carved mating drake (non-mating drakes have different plumage) exhibits that beak along with the blocks of strong colors that make him the Mondrian art of the duck world. The eyes, glass and authentically bright yellow in color, are mounted on his nicely shaped, deep green head. His brownish-red flanks and grey-black back, with pale blue shoulder patches, make him a distinctive duck and a very decorative one.
This duck was carved by Donald A. Pawlaczyk (1948-Present) of Au Gres, Michigan. Signed on the bottom of the duck, branded into the wood, are the initials "B J," presumably for his wife, Barbara Jean. Mr. Pawlaczyk is also well known for his hand carved ice fishing decoys. Nearly life size at 16 inches long, this decoy is about 5 inches wide across the widest point, stands 5 1/4 inches tall to the top of his head and weighs about 1 3/4 pounds. In very good condition, with a few dents to the wood and some wear to the bottom paint, this decoy looks great wherever he alights.