I finished work quite early last Monday so I decided to take a drive down to my favorite junk store, the Liberty Tool Shop in the small village of Liberty, ME. I hadn't been there for years, so I was due for a visit. It's one of those places where, if you're into old tools and stuff, you could spend hours picking through the shelves. I can't tell you how much stuff I've dragged home from there over the years.
Pretty slim picking this time, though. At first, anyway. I found a nice little bow saw which I'll keep in the car in case I see any wood when I'm out driving which could have stick potential. I found a small glass peanut butter jar filled with odds and ends which included three nice cane tips. I had just poked through the bin of files and rasps when I turned and saw a cool wooden box sitting on the bins opposite. It had "Schoodic Seafood" wire-burned into the lid, and had thin leather straps for hinges. I opened it and found nine duck decoy head roughouts. One was a dark reddish-brown which I think might be redwood. A couple smell strongly of cedar (although the box itself is cedar so it might just be absorbed odor). The others I think were basswood or pine, but I'm not 100% sure. Whatever they are, I thought they were cool so I snagged them. They all have the same profile from top and side, so I'm guessing they were done professionally and sold to someone who wanted to carve them, but lost interest or perhaps passed away before doing so.
I'm thinking I might try to finish them, add a collar of some sort, and stick them on a shank.