Haven't done much of this in years, but we used to THIN furniture glue (like Elmer's)down to just about water, brush it on, coat it with wheat husks, let dry, then coat with glue again.
Now days the Kitty Litter idea would sound better, or some other rough substance.
The glue not only acted as the adhesive, but gave the decoy a little more water proof coating. The final glue coat would sort of knock down the wheat husks and give us a little smoother surface if we decided to do any detail at all. We did not get fancy with ANY PAINT JOB, just put a pattern paint job on them.
Its a pain that its difficult to paint with a brush. Lots of little nooks and crevices to get the paint into. Other than that,thats it for a being a pain. It is a very tough decoy. Should be able to stand up to the rigors of hunting with no problems.
Now I used cork from a mallard that I am carving right now. Its more granulated than dusty. I would of preferred a finer granule but the larger granule will give better protection to the decoy from bumps and bruises.
I still can't stand how cheesy Herter decoy heads look but I will use it anyways. Its a hunting decoy not a mantle rider anyways.
I got ya..... as stated in previous posts, the cork will drink paint! Once the cork is set, I will usually brush off the excess which keeps the loose particles from coming off in the brush. To each his own... I personally won't burlap another block. I like the texture that cork offers and it's very tough!<img src="/images/boards/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" align="absmiddle">
Chucker, thanks for your reply...When I finish up a couple this summer I will post a pic. Respectfully Mark aka HOLYSTEEL
ps. My search starts now to see if I can get some granulated cob shipped to NW IN.