by Frank Werner
Head and neck joints can make or break a decoy. Big birds with high heads are particularly vulnerable as it will be necessary to align the grain with the long axis of the neck, as well as that of the bill. Moisture cycling, especially for a decoy, will soon wreck a common butt joint.
HEAD & NECK JOINTS explains what’s going on with wood as it swells and shrinks in response to moisture. See how you can make a joint that will not be affected by moisture cycling.