Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Gambler

Here's is one I'm just about ready to wrap up the carving stage.  I had done an earlier one but wasn't satisfied with the way it turned out so started over again.  I still have to add a tied knot to his neck piece which will be a seperate piece due to it being fragile.  This one looks like it should turn out okay. 

 Hope you like him and comments are always welcome.  

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Meeting Up With Some Old Friends

The other day I received an email from a friend out in California inquiring about several of my carvings he found in a Flea Market.  I think these were also carved back around 1998.  That was back in my "Closed Eyes" period!  Considering they're at least 20 years old they've really held up nicely...not a speck of dust that I can see and the colors are still bright and clean.  A great reminder of how Boiled Linseed Oil should NEVER be used as a finish.  Gawd only knows the shape they'd be in had I done that.  I won't tell you what he paid for them other than that he got a REALLY GOOD deal.  Did I say a REALLY GOOD deal?  You betcha! 

 I'm pretty sure I remember who originally bought them as he also bought the scene in my last post here.  He was a fairly old fella back then and a couple years ago he contacted me to see if I wanted to buy his collection back.  Well, as Charlie Russell once said when asked how he felt about seeing his paintings and sculpture go, "I raised my children to leave home!"  I told him I really wasn't interested in seeing mine come home again.  One thing for certain though, from the way they look I raised them right!  While it's a little sad to see a collection of my work busted up it's nice to see they went to someone who I know will appreciate them as much as the original owner.  Knowing what a REALLY GOOD deal he got he probably appreciates them a lot more!!  One thing to note is that old fella had a great collection of my work other than the ones here so keep your eye out you too might get one of those REALLY GOOD deals!

Comments always welcome.  

It Wasn't So Bad Till He Put the Socks In!

Here's one from way back to the PD  (Pre-Digital) days.  I think I did this one in the mid-90's and it was quickly sold to a fella out in California.  Matter of fact...we drove it out to him as I had just recently shipped a large scene to another collector out there and it arrived almost destroyed by UPS.  I had even paid to have it professionally packed by Postnet.  Some packing!!  After that experience I developed my own packing system and have never again experienced any problems. 

I really enjoyed building the windmill, complete with a scale model of the fan and vane mechanism.  Judy, while being a little hesitant, came down to model for the figure. She also made the barbed wire for the fence.  I painted the interior surface of the stock tank a very dark greenish blue and then poured in a layer of clear acrylic resin for a great effect.  A couple of chickens and socks finished things up.  The title of the piece comes from the conversation the two horses are having. 

It's really fun seeing some old friends after a long absence. In the next post I'll show you a few more.  

Comments welcome!


"Pepe" is a new version of Mexican bust I've carved quite a few times before.  He stands 14.5 inches with the walnut base.   There is a video series on how to carve a similar one.  Just click on "Mexican" over on the right side Label section and then look for "Pancho Video Project".

 Hope you like him.  Comments welcome. 

Sweet Grass

Here's a new little lady, fresh off the workbench.  I think she turned out great.  She's 12.5 inches including the walnut base.  I goofed up and dented her nameplate so I'll have to order a new one.  I hope you like her and always look forward to your comments. 

We're Back Again!

Due to circumstances beyond my control, i.e., my brain seems to have short circuited when editing a Blog post on the new Out West Gallery website, we're back to the old ways for a while until it can be corrected.  Hope you understand.  As Toby Keith said in one of his songs: "I ain't as good as I once was...But I'm as good once as I ever was!  Unfortunately, more and more, I'm beginning to have doubts about the second part of that sentence! 

Anyway, I hope you stick with me .... I'm trying as hard as I can!   

Monday, December 16, 2019

Thundering Hooves

He's finally received his name.  After you've carved as many characters as I have over the years it's gets harder and harder to come up with a unique name...and to me names are really important as they carry the theme of the carving.  So, in this care, with the Indian chasing a Buffalo through an imaginary herd, "Thundering Hooves" was a perfect fit.

Almost immediately after posting the photo to the Out West Gallery website yesterday he was sold.  It's a good thing I received his nameplate just a few days before!  Anyway, he'll be off the reservation and pitching his Tipi at a new location within the next week.

Hope you like him and as always, your comments are welcome and appreciated.  

One more thing, future Blog postings will return to this site for the time being.  The new Out West Gallery site is great but it's taking me a while to figure out how to use it.  Seems the old grey cells work a little slowly with all this new stuff. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Yes, the Out West Woodcarving Blog has moved to a new location.  It can now be found at   We recently redid our website and have decided to incorporate everything in one location.  Don't worry though, the old Blog at this location will still be operational as I will occasionally post something here just to keep it going so we don't lose all the posts, links and information that has built up over the past years. 

So, take a trip over the the new residence and check it out. 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

All Caught Up!

And now.....I'm officially caught up with what I've been doing since back in March.  Hopefully, in the future I'll be able to keep a little more current about what's been going on Out West!

I had Judy take my photo with all the carvings we plan on taking along with us to the Cody Old West show in Santa Fe.  I seriously doubt I'll ever have this many of my pieces in one place again.  It's really been a pleasure to go into the shop each morning and see these characters setting around the shop waiting to get boxed up and loaded for the trip out west.  People ask me if I'm sad to see my pieces go when someone else takes them home.  Well...Will Rogers asked the artist Charles Russell that same question and he had the best answer:  "I raise my children to leave home!"   I will always have the memory of creating them and their absence will leave a vacant spot that I always look forward to filling.  

Buckskin Bill

This old Scout has probably seen some pretty interesting things over the years out on the plains.  I wish I knew a few of his stories as after posting all these "catch up" posts I've completely run out of thing to say.  I'll bet he's looking forward to a cold one back at the Post canteen.  I know I would after a day out on the dusty Llano!

Hope you like him.