Thursday, July 20, 2017

Carving a Caricature Head - Part 3

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Carving a Caricature Head - Part 4

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Carving a Caricature Head - Part 1

Okay!  The fiber-optic line is in and we're ready to start some new projects.  I thought for the first one we'd drop back to the beginning and do something we covered almost 8 years ago just to test the waters.  I'm not sure how or what this will eventually turn out to be but will try and make it as interesting as possible.  Compared to the earlier videos this one is just shy of 40 minutes long.   You will have to let us know what you think about it.  Too long?  Too much talking? goes!

Carving a Caricature Head - Part 1 from Out West Woodcarving Videos on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Yay! Yipee! Hooray!

This weekend the fiber optic installation crew finally showed up to complete one of the last steps toward our installation.  That little black box up there on our power pole is the line coming in.  The last step in the process is to have it run from the pole into the house which should happen within the next week or least that's what we've been told.   We sure hope that's the case.

So, fingers crossed, in the next few weeks we just might get back to making some videos.  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Big Horn Bill - Finished

I think I'm going to need an eye exam after this one.  Boy!  Small details and old eyes make painting a difficult job! In the end though he turned out pretty good.  The colors are bright and balanced and everything seems to work.  

So, now it's off to the next project while we still wait for the high speed installation.  They say patience is a virtue but I'm beginning to wonder.

More photos in the Gallery. 

Monday, June 05, 2017

Big Horn Bill - Now For The Fun Part!

With the easy part of the painting applied and the shirts, hat and knife sheaf beading areas primed, it's time to start doing some research on the type of beaded patterns to use.  The areas might appear a little stark in the photo but the end result will be balanced by choosing colors that will compliment both the figure and the three beaded areas.

Judy and I are just back from our annual trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and while there were lucky enough to attend the Elk Fest in the town of Jackson. (  Could be old Bill could have got the handle of his knife in that area.  There certainly are plenty of Elk there. Matter of fact....that could be old Bill, or a friend of his, in this photo, taken at a Mountain Man event recently.  We love the Jackson Hole area as you just can't beat the beauty of the place.  The Tetons were magnificent this trip and we extended our stay to spend a few days at the Triangle X Ranch  in the Teton park.   That's the Dude and the Dudette on their horses riding on the bank of the Snake River with the Tetons in the background.  Unfortunately for Judy....her horse spooked when we came across a large herd of Elk and she had to walk a mile back to the ranch with one of the Wranglers.

The town of Jackson is also one of the main locations for the top Galleries that specialize in western art.   It's a real treat to see the latest paintings and sculpture and to check out what's happening in the current western art scene.

It's good to be back home and back at the workbench.   We're still waiting for that high speed hook-up but things are looking up.  At least that's what they're telling us.

So, until next time.....I'll talk to you later.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The End Is Finally In Sight!

Well, after almost 4 years, we are on the verge of a fiber optic internet line.  They arrived today an ran the cable to the outside of the house, now all that's left is the actual run into the house and the connection to the new modem.  Another crew should show up shortly to wrap up the install.  I've signed up for a 500mps service plan and considering the ATT DSL line I presently use is only 5-6mps on a good day, things should be screaming both up and down.  Hopefully, once this is behind us we can FINALLY begin to upload some new videos.  Also, if things work out as we want, future videos will be available both on the current Vimeo host site and Youtube.   

So, while it hasn't actually happened yet, I'll take a chance and thank all of you Out West fans in advance for your patience.  There's always something new going on down at the shop and we hope it won't be too much longer before we can share whatever comes up with you.  


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Strong Heart

Here is the one I'm presently working on.  While I've done one previously similar to it I will again change this one enough to where it will be unique.

I still have to decide just what type of decoration to put on the head...either feathers or a hat.  At the moment I'm leaning toward feathers and have made a few just in case that's the direction I end up going.   The crosshatched areas on each side of the jacket will be beaded and the center medallion will be a peace medal.  I've lightly etched the relief of a bust on the medal that will be enhanced when it's painted.

I was originally going to name this one "The Delegate" as if he was heading for a peace conference.  However, I decided to save that name for another figure as I think a peace delegate would be dressed to more represent their tribe.  Here's a photo of the feathers, ready to be painted.

He should be pretty colorful once painted and should make an attractive piece to someone's collection.  

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Any Complaints - 2

As I mentioned before, this is a smaller version of the one I did earlier.  He stands about 10-11" tall compared to the original which came in at around 16".  While it's the same basic pose, the figure is different as is the apron design.  I try to keep everything original if possible and for those of you who sell your work, producing original work is a prime consideration to those who might collect it.  If you compare the two you can quickly see that while they might each have a coffee pot, gun, vest and cleaver, everything else is pretty distinct to each figure.  

There are other photos in the Gallery if you can find them. If some of you have found an easy way to locate the individual photo albums please let me and the others here know.  Again, I look forward to any comments. 

Our great friend Bob Easton has given us a solution to finding a particular photo album.  Here's the solution:

"It's easy to understand your disappointment with what Google's done to photos. It's not too hard to find older sets ---as long as--- one knows a name to search for. Here's how I found the earlier version of "Any Complaints." The key is having a name, a complete name.

1. Open the "Blog Photo Gallery" link.
2. Then press CTRL+F (CMD+F on Macs) to open a search box.
3. Type in the name, "Any Complaints"

That quickly took me to a folder of 29 pictures."
Also, remember to use the "Labels" feature on the right side of this Blog.  Just search for the type of carving or subject and "Presto" all Blog posts dealing with that word are brought up.  

Hopefully, this will help us track down certain least until Google decided to change things again.

Thanks again Bob.