Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The little fork was the weakest point of the piece so I reinforced it was a metal rod at the bend. Now it's probably the strongest! I carved the fork then cut it in two. Snipping off the head of a wire brad and bending it to match the forks shape I drilled matching holes in each piece and glued it together. It will take a determined effort for someone to break it.
Hope you like him and there are some more photos in the Gallery. Next up? A wrangler carrying a saddle!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
I want to say one thing about the lariat that I think might be of use to those of you who might want to include this detail in one of your pieces. Even though we might work in caricature it's important to still follow some rules to make our carvings correct. The other day I saw a carving of a Cowboy holding a lariet which looked more like a Piggin String than a lasso. A Piggin String is what is used to tie the calfs feet together during Rodeo roping competitions. It's about 6' feet in length. The normal lariat runs from 28' to 32' in length. Some are even longer. When I make my version I first determine the scale by measuring my figure and then scaling the wire length to match a 6' cowboy. In the case of this figure the length came to about 10 feet. That might seem like a lot but after making the loop and coiling it through his hand it looks just as it should. So, when he throws that rope around that rangy cayuse he shouldn't come up short.
I hope you like him as I do and there are more photos in the Gallery. As always, your comments are welcome and appreciated.
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
The base is out of red oak and the lance and shield are pegged to the carving and the base. Hope you like him and your comments are welcome as always.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
This one is all finished but the painting. He's a big one...standing about 22" tall. He will be holding a lariat loop in one hand and the coiled excess in the other. Should make for an interesting piece. Will hopefully use him in a rather big experiment should things work out as I hope. If not he will be a nice addition to someones collection. No additional photos on him...just these two. Comments always welcome.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
When doing some research for this one I noted that in some photos of him there appeared to be a badge of some kind pinned to his neck scarf. I had thought maybe it was his Medal of Honor but when checking the medal issued at that time it was clear it wasn't that. I sent a note to my good friend and sculptor David Lemon and he informed me of something that I didn't know. Custer had his own medal! I won't go into just what that is but here's a very interesting link about it:
Due to the size of the piece and my feeble eyesight, I wasn't able to add the smallest details to the medal but I think there's enough to indicate just what it is and you have to admit it really adds a neat tough to the piece.
I also took the liberty of adding the leather strap across the chest just to break up the large expanse of yellow/tan leather. It also creates just one more details to add interest to the piece. While a lot of the painting of him show him wearing a light tan hat in looking at the photos it looks much darker than that so I colored it a dark blue with a gray piping edge and hat band which would more closely match the issued uniforms they were issued. Granted, he pretty much wore what he wanted and even designed his own but that blue hat again makes it that much more interesting. This bust stands a little under 12" with the walnut base, a nice size that will easily stand out from the rest.
There are more photos in the Gallery along with a couple of unpainted ones showing his ears which I re-carved to more closely follow the photos. I hope you like this one as I certainly do and I look forward to your comments as I always do.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Not really much to add about the figure itself other than his prognosis doesn't look to good. Of course, like all cartoon characters, no one ever seems to succumb to their injuries so there might still be some hope. This is the only photo. Look forward to your comments.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
I think Beaded Blanket strips are one of the most colorful items associated with Native American crafts. I an only imagine how much time is spent making one of these and how proud one would be to wear one.
With the base this piece stands over 12" tall. The base is walnut. One thing about bases......when making a base a lot of us make the mistake of picking a soft wood like pine when we should have reached for a nice piece of oak, walnut or even better, cherry. I realize that these are much more expensive than a pine board you can pick up down at the home center. Unfortuately, that pine board reacts to stain in such a way that the finished article appears blotchy and unprofessional. My advice is to go ahead and fork over the extra money and purchase a nice piece of hardwood. Your carvings and hard work deserve it.
A few more photos in the gallery and I look forward to your comments.