Monday, May 15, 2006

Let's Take A Break!

I've posted a number of installments and thought I'd stop for a bit to see how they're being received. I note from the photo views in the Gallery that quite a number of 'click's are being counted on the various pictures. However, I don't seem to be getting many comments. So, if you can take a moment, click on the "comment" posting area at the bottom of this post and let me know how you are doing with this project or what you think of it so far.

If you have a question regarding a certain item in a particular installment, leave a comment on that post and I will try and answer your query with a comment in the same area. I've been trying to think of everything I can pass along when I create each new post but I know I leave things out that are important to you so let me know about them. If necessary, we'll go back and review or even redo areas that might be confusing.

Okay....break's over! Let's get back to making chips!

(Ignore that 'Additional Photos" below, there are no more photos with this post.)

To be continued.....


  1. Is this where I can ask a question? How much is all this info going to cost? Is it Chuck Wagon or Chuckwagon? What is Chuck anyway?

  2. Yes...This is the area for questions. And, no, there is no charge. Either Chuck Wagon or Chuckwagon is correct. Chuck is Cowboy slang for food. The Chuck Box was the Cook's pantry on the back of the wagon. Charlie Goodnight came up with the idea of the Chuckwagon.

  3. Lynn, as mentioned im having a heck of a time with this rough out, it will be later in the week before i can get going im out of copeing saw blades... broke more than a dozen, i hate them saws, but im between a rock and a hard place at the moment.
    i was going to ask wheres the right arm? but i see in the next post it has a mention in the headlines...
    so far your comming through loud and clear but i havent been onstep with the posts as im still stuck at roughout. scroll saw has a 2" max this one requires a 3 " block...

    Ill sure be investing in a bandsaw soon....
    again thanks for the efforts and i forsee no problems arising...

  4. Thomp....Sorry you're having so much trouble with the blank. If you do get a new Bandsaw make sure you get a good one and not one of those midget benchtop models. Rigid or Delta both make good full sized models.

  5. Really great Blog, Lynn. Lot of good information here.

    I have some questions about burning. I have a burner but have never used it on carvings.

    What are the advantages to burning the detail? What are you trying to accomplish? How does it affect the painting, later on?

    Keep up the good work. It's appreciated.

  6. I should have expanded a little on the burning portion. I use the pen to separate the different pieces of clothing and also to burn in the major creases. This makes these areas really pop out once the figure is painted. Also, most importantly, the burned line stops the paint we'll apply later on from crawling into an adjoing area.

    Hope that helps.

  7. Lynn,

    Great job so far, I have not yet started carving I only cut out the blanks. I am up to my eyeballs at work but will get to work on it some in about a week. I am very intrigued by the way you add pieces to the carving and am excited to try this technique.

  8. Hi Lynn,
    Thanks for the great blog. I've admired the carvings you've shown in the woodcarving group. I can't tell you how many times I tossed a carving because the face didn't turn out - carve the head separate - what a concept! Wish I had thought of that. My blank looks like a pinewood derby car but I'll see if I can find a cooks torso in there. It's time to let the chips fly and try and catch up.
    Thanks again,

  9. Lynn-this is a fantastic piece of work,and I appreciate the time and effort you have put into it.I have started roughing out the body.
    But I have so many projects on the go both carving and woodworking that I will be a while.I have used the add-on method before,and have also used a box cutter,but will not admit it.

    again many thanks for your time and effort in passing along your talents.


  10. Lynn,
    You are a wonderfully talented woodcarver and I really enjoy looking at your carvings. I marvel in the beauty and realism you put into your work. I am really enjoying this great tutorial. I appreciate all your time and effort you are putting into this to show us how you do it step by step. I think you are doing as fine a job on this as you do on your carving. It is well appreciated. Keep up the great job!!

  11. I really like how you do the arms separate from the body.I'm working on a carving and got the arm too small and was wondering how to fix it.Thanks for the tutorial,it is great.

  12. Really like your blog and the information you post.

    Really enjoy your carving & painting. Have carved a taught a number of simple cowboy carvings from Enlow and Andy Anderson books.

    Yours are great.

    In 1988 I decided to take a weekend workshop to carve a horse. With a lot of help, got something that resembled a horse. tried to do 3 or 4 on my own and gave up.

    Your trip to the vet got me interested again. Started seriously studying horse parts. Not much good horse carving reference material available.

    Finished 8 practice horse carvings this past month. If one ever comes out looking like a horse, will send pictures. Old Joe, Nebraska

  13. John Freels ; SMWC8/24/2006 08:42:00 PM

    Saw your blog listed in WCI. I do caritures and am always looking for ideas. Back here in the hills of Tenn, we do lots of hillbilly's of course and many cowboys and indians. I have enjoyed looking through your site and sent the link to the 50 or so Smoky Mtn Woodcarver Assn members here in the Knoxville area who have email. [have 82 members in the club]. I now plan to do a cook much like yours with your instructions. Great work .

  14. Arriving at your blog 3 1/2 years after you wrote it. I'm just starting carving and really appreciate all you folks who have given so much time and energy to teach us.

    Fabulous instruction! THANKS!