Thursday, May 17, 2018

Brave Heart

Here's another one fresh off the paint table.  Wrapped in his painted robe with warpaint  on his face,  he's no doubt planning how to get his horses back from that bunch a couple mountains over.  

I never tire of Native Americans.  The opportunity to paint them is just too enjoyable.  

"Dang Rustlers!"

I finished this one up last week.  I really like to do the 3/4 style busts as a lot of detail can be squeezed in without making the figure so large. 

This Rancher is after the reprobates who have been diminishing his livestock.  He's got his noose ready and is heading to the corral to saddle up and put an end to it.  Someone's gonna get their neck stretched!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Carving A Native American Bust With Shield - Part 8

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Something New Is Happening!

As most of you have probably notice by now, we are no longer posting our videos on our Vimeo hosting site.  In the future all videos will appear on Youtube.  The reason for this is that, while Youtube is free, there is no limit on the length of the videos we post. You have probably noticed, recent videos now run for 30 minutes or longer and the quality...we hope...has improved quite a bit.  In addition to this change we will continue to look for better ways to record future videos.  Just remember...I'm not a Professor and Judy is not Cecil B. DeMille so, while we try to do our best, we're far from perfect. 

Don't worry,  we will continue to keep the Vimeo library active so your access to the numerous past video projects will remain available. 

One more thing.....if you have a question about a certain aspect of carving or subject we've covered in the past, just look over at the Label section on the right side of the Blog.  That long list of words are links to posts that might answer your question.  The size of the words indicates the number of posts that are associated with each word.   If you still have a question feel free to drop me a line and I'll try to help you out.

Thank you! 

Carving a Native American Bust with Shield-The First 7 Segments.

Here are the links to the first 7 video segments for this project:

Part 1.....
Part 2.....
Part 3.....
Part 4.....
Part 5.....
Part 6.....
Part 7.....

I apologize for the confusion.  Hopefully, problems are solved and we can continue without any further interruptions.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Willy White Owl

Here's Willy, all painted up and ready to head down to the new Casino and try is luck.  Hope you like him.  

 Comments always welcome. 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Clearing the Deck

I'm still working to clear off the partially finished carvings setting on my work table.  One of the best way to do it is to add a bust body to one of the many heads I've done.  I think I've mentioned before that on our Tuesday carvers gathering at the Senior Center in town I can usually manage to pretty well rough out a new head in the two hours we're there.  So, these things build up after a while.  

While Bottle Stoppers are a good way to mount them I think this works out much better by making a something fairly simple turn out to be a really nice presentation.  The base is walnut and it, with the figure, stands at 12".  

Now to paint it!   Comments welcome as always. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Old Gabe - Painted

Added the hat feathers yesterday which completed this piece.  I had my worries about whether the solid color capote would work but I think it turned out pretty well.  Not every Mountain Man in the Rockies was fortunate enough to have a Hudsons Bay blanket and had to depend on just what was available.  

I spent some extra time letting the waist strap ends hang down over the base to tie the two areas together.  The two pieces were attached but reinforced by epoxy on the back side.  As long as they are not purposely fiddled with they should be fine.  

In sun, he turned out great...He might be an old codger but up there under that hat is a wealth of knowledge on how to live in the mountains and, most importantly, how to stay alive. 

I hope you like him and look forward to a your comments.  More photos in the photo gallery section. 

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Old Gabe Gets a Body....At Least Half of One!

Today I worked on the lower half of Old Gabe.  He's wearing a blanket capote, loosely modeled after one we picked up at a Mountain Man Rendezvous last year at the Woolaroc Museum.  I ask Judy to come down and model it for me so I could actually see how it fit.  Photos are nice but an actual item and model can really make things a lot easy.   I hope to have the ends of the blanket strap hang loosely down from the piece but that's a hurdle I haven't solved yet.  

Hope you like him so far.