Awesome Tucked-Head "Dale Dalrymple" DRAKE MALLARD "Very Hollow" Working Cedar Wood Duck Decoy; ALBANY, OHIO
All Original Paint, Glass Eyes, Custom Lead Ballast and Line-Tie!!
OUTSTANDING CARVING JOB with RAISED WING TIPS, TAIL CARVING and EXTRAORDINARY PAINT BLENDING with AWESOME COMB PAINTED SIDE FEATHER GROUPS!
Awesome Working Decoy that is Perfectly Weighted, Hollow & Super Lightweight...Swims & Rights Itself Perfectly!!!
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This Superb, Wonderfully Executed, "Very Hollow" and exquisitely carved and painted Drake Mallard Working Duck Decoy was made by Dale Dalrymple of Albany, Ohio, which is a village in Athens County, south-central Ohio. Albany is also around 25 miles north and west of the Ohio River, which is also the border with West Virginia and 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio.
ABOUT THE CARVER, DALE DALRYMPLE:
When Dale Dalrymple was in college and other people went to Florida for Spring Break, he headed for Maine. It may have been -20 degree weather but he had a great time. When he was asked as a child what he wanted to do when he grew up, Dale said "Nothing!". "You mean you have no aspirations?" the adult would say. Don't you want to be a doctor or lawyer?" He always replied that he had no desire to work. "Wastes too much time." Vacations and summers found Dale with his dog, King, in the woods, fields, or on a trout stream they knew. Two trap lines, one before and another after school kept him busy enough. And, always, they hunted. Anything in season; any season. His first call was a Sears. Long hours were spent (not wasted) deciding how to spend his meager funds to best advantage. Should it be a crow call or a squirrel? Such decisions cannot be made easily or rashly. In the end he chose the squirrel. Upon arrival home, however, he discovered the call in the squirrel box was a crow call! No matter. His next call was a predator call to cash in on the $3.00 bounty being paid on foxes. Ducks didn't enter into his hunting life until he could get a driver's license. There were no ducks within walking distance of his home. His dad taught him to love the outdoors, but didn't hunt, so Dale's hunting education would be slow; self-taught by trial and error. Lots of errors! After college, Dalrymple spent two years in the service of his country: Army Engineers in Washington state and Vietnam as a platoon leader. A job that wasted lots of time! Next followed a career change: a Civil Service job writing Civil Service examinations in the areas of wildlife biology, forestry, etc. More time wasted. The woods and streams beckoned. Demanded in fact! In order to have more time to hunt and fish, Dalrymple quit his secure State job and opened an antique shop. That was in 1973. Now he had control of his time, to a greater extent, anyhow. But the store had to be tended and antiques found, restored, delivered. Time wasted. He began putting sporting collectibles in his shop. Decoys, fishing lures, traps. They sold! This was more fun than furniture. In October, 1980, Dalrymple closed his shop and began selling sporting collectibles out of his home. Dale's Decoy Den was born. Lots of time saved! More hunting and fishing time. Brilliant move. Still not a follower, Dale likes to be ahead, rather than behind, collecting trends. He added fish decoys to his inventory so long before they became popular that most of his customers didn't even know what they were. The same with fish lures and duck, goose, crow, predator calls. He was one of the thirty-odd people who met at Monroe Michigan to begin a national call collectors club. He signed in, stated he was interested and in favor of starting such an organization and went to a friend's home where the Mrs. had supper waiting. Since he "missed" the meeting, which started two hours late, he wasn't counted as a founder. (he later served as President of that organization, the Callmakers and Collectors of America.) No matter, he knows he was there and didn't have any more time to waste. Absentee ballots not withstanding, he did help organize other collectors' organizations. He was founder and president of the first decoy collectors club in New Jersey: the Hunterdon County Decoy Collectors Association and he was a founder of the State club six years later. As old decoys began to get overpriced and difficult to obtain, Dale began making his own. He evolved his own style, rather than following others. His decoys ride the backwaters; beaver ponds and small streams he seeks out to avoid the crowds. He has made just about fourteen-hundred (by actual count, not by guess) hollow cedar gunning decoys. He manages to hide a few from customers, each year, and uses them. They work! They have also collected him some ribbons, when he's entered them in contests. And he has lots of time to hunt. And does! He has friends who are successful: Doctors, lawyers, etc. They make lots of money. And they envy Dale's free time! The little boy was right. He knew he did not want to grow up and get a job. Dale breeds his own bird dogs: German Shorthaired Pointers. Not show dogs and not field trial racers. Dalrymple breeds well-behaved eager, responsive, affectionate, intelligent bird dogs. Dogs he can hunt with, not for. Thinking dogs. Dogs his young daughters can play on the floor with, and dogs that can and do slog through muck and briars all day long, and love it! Dalrymple's dogs respond to him because he has the time to spend with them. Lots of time, none of it wasted.
Dale carves an absolutely perfect working duck decoy from both aesthetic and performance standpoints. All of Dale's decoys are hand carved, hand painted, life sized and made to look like a live bird on the water. As a matter of fact, I put this Drake Mallard in my pond and from a few feet away you'd be hard-pressed to distinguish it from a real mallard that has been contently sitting there. Many carvers make superb decoys that look exactly like decoys, but he makes decoys that look like ducks. He has perfected what works best on real birds. All are hollow cedar, hand carved and hand painted with artists oils. He mixes colors for each decoy as he paints it and uses no paint out of the can. No two of his decoys are alike as he uses many different patterns for each species he carves because it adds realism to a rig. Like this incredible drake mallard tucked-head duck decoy up for auction, each is personally hot-branded with his name.
This Dale Dalrymple drake mallard decoy up for auction encompasses all of the great qualities that separates a great working decoy from an exceptional one, and this mallard is exceptional not only from a form and execution standpoint, but also from a form and style standpoint. I can only imagine how awesome and effective a rig of these fine decoys would not only swim nicely and draw birds, but also how neat the rig would look riding out waves in unison.
This drake mallard decoy up for auction is in Brand New, in Mint condition and the paint is all beautiful and original. As you can see in the close up photos, not is the paint job perfect for a drake mallard, but the color separations and the intricate comb painting to the sides give it an absolutely wonderful and realistic appearance. What also makes a Dalrymple decoy a perfect working decoy, and also in the case of this mallard up for auction, is that they are "very" hollow; this translates to not only a decoy that rides and swims like a real duck and also is transportable and functional. You get the best of both, better performance than plastic decoys without the weight burden of a solid wood decoy. The separation where the 2 halves were connected is perfectly intact and so much so that you have to look extremely close to see it and then you look again. This decoy is perfectly symmetrically carved and painted and the custom-made and adequately heavy ballast weight is more than adequate to keep this decoy riding the water perfectly even in a decent chop. The bill is extraordinarily accurately carved and has perfectly carved in head/bill separation and the head is as solidly mounted to the body as the day it was made. The glass eyes are perfectly carved in and located just like the live bird. As you can see, this awesome decoy has very nicely carved raised wing tips, carved in tail detail and a nice contented look. This bird was life-size carved and measures 17" long x 5-3/4" wide x 5-5/8" tall and weighs a very rig-manageable 1-lb., 13-oz. A real drake mallard in the wild is around 23" long from bill nib to tail and I'm sure if you were able to stretch this decoy out it would come to right around 23"; a pretty good life-sized depiction for this decoy. I couldn't help but float this decoy in the pond and not only did it right itself immediately and swim perfectly but it rode high in the water with a nice profile; just like a puddle duck in the wild and very visible from a distance, which after all is the primary function of a decoy. This decoy would make a great addition to any collection of decoys or to shoot over if you want to hunt with some of the best working decoys available. If you have any questions or would like any additional photos feel free to email me. Thanks for looking.
The first photo is of this awesome Dale Dalrymple Tucked-Head Drake Mallard decoy up for auction. The second photo is of Mr. Dalrymple followed by 12 more photos of this great decoy from different along with some close-ups. The final 9 photos are of other very cool decoys that Dale has carved and some that he currently carves as special orders.