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High Density Decoy Cork
Now Offering Both Tan & Black Cork

One of the time tested materials for working decoys is cork. It has many positive attributes that make it a great medium for carving and for hunting. Two types of cork are generally used for making decoys. The first is black cork or refrigeration cork. Black Cork is free of all binders, because this material is “burned” and as it is burned the natural tannins come out of the cork and act as a binder. Although light in weight and very buoyant, black cork has a reputation of being very brittle, dusty & dirty and tends to crumble easily during the carving process. For this reason many carvers shied away from this medium and went to High Density cork or all wooden decoys.

The second kind of cork is High Density or Tan cork. This variety of cork is the granulated material left over from the wine stopper industry and is considered "the tenderloin" of the cork world. The cork granules are mixed with a poly-urethane binder and molded under pressure into large sheets or blocks. Specific formulas are used to produce blocks of uniform density and weight.

HD Tan Cork is our choice for carving working decoys and we made that choice after much testing. We experimented with a variety of tan cork products from several companies and soon realized that not all tan cork blocks are created equal. For various reasons the blocks were just not ideal for hunting decoys. Because of this fact we decided to seek out the best possible cork product that would satisfy all the qualities for good working decoys. To do this we went straight to the cork plantation in Portugal and the experts that actually manufacture the cork blocks. They were able to put together the right combination of proper sized cork granules and binder to come up with a cork block of perfect weight and density for the carving and hunting process. What this means to our customers is they are getting a product made specifically for decoy carving and they can depend on the same consistent quality every time they buy. We are proud to say that Duck Blind Tan cork has become the overwhelming choice for carvers today because it is easy to carve, takes detail well, and floats naturally.

We currently offer our Tan cork in several thickness’ to accommodate the average pattern sizes of various working decoys to cut down on waste. As a side note, for even less waste, it is possible to square up any large size scraps left over from the cut out process and glue them up (using polyurethane glue) into body size blocks.

The most economical way to buy cork is by the sheet. Although we advertise our sheets as being 24 inches wide and 36 inches long, they are actually measure 25x37 inches. This is really helpful as the extra size helps to compensate for cork lost due to saw cuts. A question often asked is how many decoys can you get from a sheet of cork? The amount depends on pattern size but a close estimate would be 7 full sized Mallards and a Bluebill from a 4 inch sheet. The four inch sheet is the most popular size as it covers most full sized waterfowl.

A word about shipping: We have been able to hold the line on our cork pricing for some time but shipping charges are something that we cannot control and they seem to increase on a regular basis. One way to lower the cost of shipping is with large orders shipped by common carrier. We suggest that friends and club groups place bulk orders and have them shipped via a trucking company. This will drastically reduce the shipping cost per sheet. We've found that the cost can be reduced even further if you pick your order up at the Trucking terminal. We suggest at least 6 or more sheets to use a common Carrier. Give us a call and we'll be happy to get a quote for you.

Prices effective 03/01/2014 - Shipping not included

Tan Cork
 

Tan High Density Decoy Cork (Polyurethane Binder)

Weight  28-30 lbs. per 4 inch Sheet

3” x 24” x 36”     Single Sheet $78.00
Best Price….. Case (3 sheets per case) $228.00
3 5/8” x 24” x 36”    Single Sheet $86.00
Best Price….. Case  (2 sheets per case) $170.00
4” x 24” x 36”     Single Sheet $91.00
Best Price….. Case  (2 sheets per case) $180.00
4 5/8" x 24" x 36"    Single Sheet $102.00
Best Price….. Case  (2 sheets per case) $200.00
9.8" x 24" x 36" Single Sheet $173.00
Special Combo Case Pricing 
(2 sheets per case)
(1) 3" inch & (1) 4" sheet $166.00
(1) 4" & (1) 4 5/8" sheet $190.00
We will cut any size blocks from the above sheets per your size request.  The charge for this is $6.75 per board foot.  To calculate the per block cost follow this formula:
L x W x H divided by 144 x $6.75 = cost per block


Black Cork

Because we have had a number of requests, we have expanded our Cork Sales to include Black Cork. These sheets of cork are 4x24x36 (11-12 lb density) and come packaged 3 sheets to a carton. I know that there are quite a number of carvers that prefer the Black Cork over High Density Tan because of the lighter weight and cheaper cost. Our aim is to provide a product that suits everyone’s needs. Any questions email.

Cost.......$178.00 per 3 sheet carton plus shipping


Traditions Cork Sealer

David Jansen responded to our request for an acrylic sealer to replace Spar varnish and we are very pleased with the product. It has passed rigorous water testing with flying colors when applied properly. Besides cork, this sealer will work on a multitude of porous surfaces including burlap. Apply a liberal coat and let dry 24 hours and then apply a second insurance coat to make sure the entire surface is sealed. For best results do not force dry with a hair dryer. Make sure that screw holes etc. are sealed properly also. Once the sealer has cured you can proceed to texturing and/or painting. You can apply this sealer on wood if you prefer. The sealer comes in an 18 oz wide mouth Jar which is enough for at least a dozen plus life size decoys.

 

DecoArt Traditions Cork Sealer was developed especially for sealing cork decoys. Development and testing of this product was done by Tom Matus, Willy McDonald, and David Jansen. It passed all tests with flying colors! For maximum coverage and protection two coats are recommended.

Reg. Price is $10.80

We get request all the time wanting to know if it is available in larger size containers. Here is a discount schedule on the 18 oz. wide mouth jars to meet those requests.

2 Jars..….$20.52 save $1.08
3 Jars.…..$29.16 save $2.80
4 Jars……$36.72 save $6.48
5 Jars.…..$43.20 save $10.80

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Shipping: We normally ship UPS or will ship by common carrier for large orders. We will be happy to give you a quote on shipping charges. Be sure to give us your address and zip code. All quotes are approximate as shipping charges change daily and we try to ship the least expensive way.

Order by calling The Duck Blind at 1-800-852-7352 or Email Duckblind@mei.net
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