Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Making a Bear Claw Necklace - Part 1

A friend mentioned that he had tried to add a Bear Claw necklace to a figure but finally gave up as it was just too difficult.  To help him out and show how I go about it, and as I was currently working on just that detail, I thought I'd do a couple video segments.  Here's the first one:

Making a Bear Claw Necklace - Part 1 from Out West Woodcarving Videos on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Making Mirrored Sunglasses - Part 5

Making Mirrored Sunglasses  (5) from Out West Woodcarving Videos on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pistol Pete

Here's Pistol Pete, the Oklahoma State University Cowboys mascot!  While he doesn't look much like the actual historical figure he does instill a small amount of fear in the opposing team. Go Pokes!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Making Mirrored Sunglasses - Part 2

Here's Part 2.  It was so fun making it I fell out of my chair!

Making Mirrored Sunglasses - Part 2 from Out West Woodcarving Videos on Vimeo.

Making Mirrored Sunglasses - Part 1

Making Mirrored Sunglasses - Part 1 from Out West Woodcarving Videos on Vimeo.

A number of people have asked me how I made the mirrored sunglasses I used on the recent carving of "The Breed" which was displayed and auctioned off at the Dayton woodcarving show.  Well, here is the first installment with several more to follow as it's an involved process....easy but involved.

As I mentioned earlier, the reason we have not been uploading as many projects as we have in the past is because of the slow upload speeds of our DSL line.  I started uploading this one yesterday afternoon and it was finally completed around 5am this morning.  As it's uploading we have to completely shut down our access to the net as should we surf or try to download a Netflix movie the whole process would almost grind to a halt.  Hopefully, next month this will be corrected with the promised installation of a high-speed optic circuit.  Hopefully!

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Dayton Woodcarving Show Report

Well, we had some doubt about the show considering it's move to Wilmington, OH and the change in dates, however, for us at least, things worked out better than expected.  I managed to Ace the competition events I entered and our sales were better than any previous show.  Granted, attendance was down a bit and there were a number of carvers who failed to show up.  But, considering it was the
Labor Day weekend that's understandable.  For us?  We ain't complaining and will be back next year.  Rumor has it that the dates will be moved back to November while the show will still be held in Wilmington.

The convention site was great ...BIG! And the lighting was really good compared to the old place. We had brought along some lights to brighten up our display but really didn't need them.  With the hotel and a good
restaurant in the same complex you really can't beat the convenience.  And....after routing ourselves through Louisville and Cincinnati we found a better way to get home which was much easier on our frayed nerves from the drive up.  We left the hotel at 5am and pulled into our driveway at 4pm.

As for competition,  we only competed in two categories:  Single figures over 15 inches and the Bust category. The "Buffalo Girl" took 1st and won the overall Caricature Category ribbon...The "Montana Buckaroo" took 2nd.  "Touch the Stars" took first in Busts followed up by "Friend and Foe" for 2nd.  "The Breed" pulled in a large amount for the Clubs charity.  To top it off all those figures left the reservation to new homes.

So in sum, we had a great trip, hooked up with a lot of old friends, and managed to come back home with only half of what we left with.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Breed

This will be my "Silent Auction" piece for the Dayton Woodcarving Show coming up this weekend.  With the walnut base it's about 11" tall.   He's off the reservation and cooling his moccasins somewhere on the beach from the reflection on his glasses.   I've always wanted to do a good pair of mirrored sunglasses and I think I finally found the secret.  As it would be hard to describe without writing a big chapter I'll save it and do it in a video.

I hope you like him and if you're in Ohio for the show he'll be setting on the table for a closer look.  You might even want to make a bid.  It goes to a good cause.