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Inventors of the following

 

 

   Knobby Dog Trainers

Ded-Duk Dog Trainers

 

 

 

Foam Filled Duck Decoys, also introduced 3 sizes to choose from.

 Inflatable Decoys such as the S10, R15, D20  

 Dove Decoys, Inflatable Owls, Inflatable Crow. 

 

 

Vinyl Boat and Dock Fenders

Marker Buoys

                                             

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747 Goose Decoys,  Foam filled Goose Decoys

 

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How Plasti-Duk started in 1956

 

It all started back in 1956.

 

What sportsman Warren Neumann and his friend Stu Bennetts really had in mind was cutting down the cost of their own decoys. They were trying to figure out how to make a plastic duck that would be both durable and inexpensive. It took them months of experimenting to find the answer. As a result of trying to save dollars, they've invented a new plastic duck that promises to put them in business. In fact, they've already taken out a copyright on their decoy. Sportsmen all over the nation are clamoring for copies. It's no wonder there is already a demand, for these two hunters have concocted a vinyl creature who meets every qualification for a superior decoy!

1. It is realistic in design.

2. It rights itself no mater how it hits the water (and this balancing wasn't easy to figure out!)

3. It's practically indestructible-you can drop it. Crush it-even run a car over it and still it bounces back into shape.

4. It withstands the high heat required in the mold, but will also stay soft in freezing weather on the pond or lake.

5. It is not only weatherproof but self sealing if hit by shot at close range. At average shooting range it will shed the shot.

Neumann & Bennetts first thought they would make a fiberglass duck. But after several experiments, they began work on a plaster mold for the vinyl decoy. In figuring out the technique and formula for the molding. They had the help of a friend, Dr. Leininger who is a physicist and chemist.

The amateur duo then built a machine to do the job, and put the process into several steps.

It may sound easy, but-like all inventions-it had plenty of disappointments, still it looks as if these two, who had in mind making only a dozen or so ducks to cut their hunting season expenses ended up making ducks by the millions!

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Ed Snyder Decoy Carver

Ed Snyder was born in Sacramento on January 9, 1928 and grew up in Bird's Landing, It might be more accurate to say the Ed grew up on the sloughs and bays of the Suisun marsh. His instinct for waterfowl and water fowling was inborn.

He first began carving in 1941, when he was thirteen years old, inspired by the decoys of his grandfather, Wendell Miller, It didn't take long for word of young Ed's decoys to get around, and he was soon selling them for $ 60 a dozen and repainting them for a dollar a piece." I could paint fifty decoys by noon and cool of the rest of the day," he says now. "Fifty dollars a day back then, you were a high roller."

Ed carved the bodies of the decoys from balsa wood that he obtained-as did many others-from cast off Navy life rafts. For heads he liked to use Sugar Pine, and this he obtained by salvaging the drain boards from old houses that were being torn down. "There was a regular scuffle to get those drain boards," Ed says. "It was about the only place you could get Sugar Pine."

His tools were basic: a band saw, a pocket knife and sandpaper. The fully carved decoys were boiled in a mixture of linseed oil and litharge, which hardened them and made them less likely to absorb water. Then he pained the decoys with colors in oil mixed into a base of white Fuller house paint. When the paint was dry, the decoys were ready to go.

Ed worked full time at his decoy making until 1951, when he put down his knives and became a bartender for Bill Foster of Foster's Big Horn Bar in Rio Vista. Ed worked in the Big Horn for twenty-four years, then went to operating drawbridges, a task he use to perform. he picked up his tools again in 1970 when he began making contemporary waterfowl carvings. These modern decoys, while lacking the highly individualistic style and attitude of Ed's early work, are highly prized for their beauty, craftsmanship, and for master of the entire spectrum of waterfowl carving in the West.

Ed has been carving some of our originals for quite some time now. If you would like to contact Ed Snyder you can visit his web site at: http://members.aol.com/ducksbyed/

 

 

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