Monday, June 27, 2016

Rendezvous Bound 2

Finally!   I thought I would never finish painting this guy but in the end it was worth the effort.  Really like all the bright colors and especially the feathers.  The only problem I can see is that there is so much color it's hard to focus on one area without being drawn to another!

This is a pretty large one, standing at just under 15" with the walnut base.  I originally had his eyes focused straight ahead but changed them to where he's looking slightly off center.  Doing such small changes can really end up having a large affect, just like tilting or turning the head or having a figure stand off to one side.  If you haven't tried these things you should as I think you will be surprised how much better it can make your carvings look.  There are way too many pieces out there where the carvings seem to be standing at attention.  Boring!

More photos in the gallery and I look forward to your comments.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Rendezvous Bound - Part 2

Spent yesterday afternoon painting the hat.  Instead of a single feather thought a group of them would look better and add a little pzazz to the piece.  The Turkey feather turned out so nice I'm thinking of changing the name of the piece.

The Blue feather is from a Blue Jay and the Red one from a Red Bird.  I highlighted the hard edges of the top hat to indicate a little wear.

 Here's another photo of the hat on the head, and no, he's not blind just not completely painted.  But it's looking good so far.  The colors of the face and beard are pretty flat and washed out due to their not being varnished.  They'll deepen once that final step is completed.

Hope you like it so far.  No more photos yet.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Rendezvous Bound

I think we're having a Rendezvous down at the shop.  Mountain Men all over the place.   Here's the latest.  This one is pretty large compared to what I normally do....14" with the walnut base.  Still have to add the feathers to his top hat and then it's off to the paint table.  Should be a nice one when done.  This is the only photo.

Next up?  A Native American girl with a Elks tooth dress.  At least I hope thats what next.  Have the head done and have been doing a bunch of research to come up with a dress design.

Lots going on around here this summer so the Blog posts have been few and far between it seems.  Once I get that girl started I'll try to take you along for the ride.  Till then stay cool.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Booshway

Here's one that's been on the workbench and paint table for quite a while.  With springtime chores and a planned trip to Jackson, WY, Yellowstone, the Tetons and the Little Big Horn battlefield taking precedence, finding time to do some whittling has been difficult.    We had time to take in the Mountain Man museum in Pinedale, WY which is highly recommended if you're in the area.  Also, Jackson, WY, and the fantastic galleries there is worth a couple days to soak up the current western art scene.  Jackson is such a great little town.  Besides the galleries the history of the place, the restaurants, bars, the city square are just great.  And this trip was really special as Judy gave me a fantastic pre-birthday present of a Dave McGary bronze.    It's titled "Wyoming" and is made up of a buffalo skull, warbonnet, moccasins, pipe bag, a pair of beaded gloves, asix gun and holster, and spurs.  About the only thing missing is the Tetons and Old Faithful.  Beautiful.

Well Google has gone and deep-sixed Picasa so the additional photos of the carving are not on Google +.  And don't ask me how that works as I haven't figured it out yet.  The title of the piece "The Booshway" is a corruption of the word "Bourgeois" which was the word used to signify the company men who were generally in charge of the free-trappers.  This fella looks like he's been around a while.

Anyway, hope you like him and your comments are always appreciated.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Seasons Past - Finished

I put the final finish to this one early this morning.  I think he turned out really of my best efforts.  As I mentioned earlier, I duplicated the shield design from a photo I had in my reference files and captured it as well as I could.  Setting here looking at it I think I will add just a bit of dry-brushed white to the fur on the top of the shield to bring out the texturet more.  With the walnut base it stands just at 12" tall.  Someone is going to get a really nice carving.

There are more photos in the Gallery and I will look forward to your comments as I always do.  

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Native American Shield

I used the reference photo to make the shield for my new piece. I think I captured it pretty good. Sure is fun to do these things which is why I enjoy this craft so much.  Should have the figure done tomorrow.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Bright Star

I finished this one yesterday.  Thought I might get the nameplate in time for the photo but it didn't show.  Lots of beading on her and also added beaded leggins for this one to add a little more interest.  I think she turned out pretty nice.   More photos in the Gallery.  Hope you like her. 

Seasons Past

Here's a new one I just finished up today.  I still have to add three feathers to the shield and then I can begin painting.  This should really be a colorful piece.  I used the same technique I have been using on braids to simulate fur on the top of the shield.  Will be interesting to see how it works out. He will also have earrings but I forgot to put them on for the photo.  With the walnut base it stands about 12" tall.

Hope you like him.  

Monday, May 09, 2016

Now The Fun Begins

I've been researching beading patterns to use on this piece and think I've found a few that I like for the moccasins and the leggings.  Still haven't decided on what to use for the chest and shoulders.   

Monday, May 02, 2016

Carving a Cowboy With Angora Chaps - Part 29

Cowboy With Angora Chaps Part 29 from Out West Woodcarving Videos on Vimeo.

Here is the last part of this series.  I hope you enjoyed following us along in creating him.  There are a number of photos in the Gallery and I will look forward to your comments.