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  1. Thanks John,
    Been very busy myself.. I used to use a marine canvas but went away from that for the reasons you stated. No absorbtion and birds continued to foul thier feathers with mutes.
    I simply removed this other gyrkin from the shelf. Put him on a block. He broke 2 new primarys before I got to him one day. I had had enough at that point. Will block him thru the moult from here on out. Maybe try free loft next season..
    One thing about chamber gyrkins is they are nuts and have little regard for their own welfare and feathers.
    Anyway best of luck with the retirement. I'm creeping closer to that myself and plan on spending the better part of the year in duck and grouse country before returning to hawk the marshes for a month or so..
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    Hello David:

    Just saw this message, I am in the process of retiring and closing my business.

    On feather wear I can only speculate. Astroturf has the little leaves, some are more slick than other brands. The pond liner is smooth, but the surface is not as slick.

    The little leaves on the Astroturf allow mutes and food residue to get down in to the artificial leaves, plus down through the backing to the padding and the plywood base.

    One of the big things about the pond liner is that it can be totally cleaned. The flip side of this is that there is nothing to absorb mutes, so a falcon can step in to mutes.

    One guy uses the pond liner for the actual perch the falcon sits on. While readily cleanable, I still prefer Astroturf for perching. One thing I did note while in the transition process was that my birds preferred to perch on Astroturf as opposed to the pond liner.

    If you would like I can send to you a sample. Just provide me with a mailing address.

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    We have some SSD cream for you to try on your falcon's feet if you want...
  4. Thanks for getting back to me, but Fri will not work for me. Maybe at a later date I 'll get to see some hawking on the salt marshes.
  5. Dave,
    Will you be at the NJ field meet next week? I'm a long winger from PA and would love to come see you fly ducks.
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    Hi Dave,
    I don't use that method of imping so I can't help you there. As far as what I use to imp... I have found the 'needles' I use are store bought aluminum rivets. They can be bent and cut to length, are available in many sizes and are superior to any other method.
    As far as glue goes, try your 'local' hobby shop. You want to buy a product called Cyanoacrylate .It's a great product, and while there by the accelerator which speeds the cure time to almost instantly. That's the best I can tell you, if you need more info on how to imp with this method call me.
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    Dave , I would like to make a truck perch like yours . Any further tips ? How wide is your base ? Thanks Joe Terry
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    Dave, did you see the post: duck hunting in tall corn: an experiment?? There is a corn maze field near John's house...sounds like fun!! Peg
  9. Egos are running wild. He's been in,several pissing contests with various people.
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