I cut the blank out on a bandsaw, then go to my WeCheer with a Carbide Kutzall for rough carving, then stick with the same tool but switch to a sanding drum, then go to my home made bow-sander, then finish with my Mouse and hand sand down with 220.
I use Helmsman Spar Urethane as a sealer, and these pics were taken with 5 coats. I do thin coats, and 00 Steel wool prior to applying the next.
Gorilla Glue is the adhesive used for attaching both the bottom board and head. Head is held in place with a 6" deck screw and Bondo is used where needed to fill small gaps.
The keel will be added later, it is done, and filled with about 8 oz of lead. I need this decoy to be able to self-right in 4 foot waves on the Great Lakes.