Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Rocky Mountain Wrangler

Here is my latest piece. I had hoped to get him completed before the woodcarving show in Dayton, Ohio but it was not to be. I'll post the painted photos once I get back.

He is mounted on a piece of the Rockies that my wife and I picked up while on a drive through the Rocky Mountain National Park this past September. I drilled the mounting holes into the rock with a carbide bit and he will be epoxied in place once he's painted.

To get the lasso under his left arm I did the arm as a separate piece, carved a notch for the rope and then epoxied and glued everything in place. Once everything had dried I carved the epoxy that had squeezed out to match the wooden surface. A nice looking effect. He's holding his gloves in the left hand and in the right his mounts bit, headstall and reins. Once he's painted the rock should really stand out.

I did forget a small item on this piece and if someone guesses it I'll confess what is missing. Otherwise, it will remain unknown. Let's see how sharp your observation is. (No...it's not the buttons on his vest or shirt...I'll paint those on later.)

Update: Here's the piece completed. He turned out pretty nice but I'm not completely happy with his pose. He could have appeared a lot more relaxed if his arms were hanging not so far forward. While arms have a natural bend at the elbow when hanging relaxed at the side they don't project forward as much as they do in this piece. Oh well.....it's a learning process so I'll remember this when doing any future pieces.

The part that I forgot has been added on as his gun would be useless with out some bullets.

More photos in the gallery.


  1. Lynn, GREAT JOB, can;t wait to see it painted.....Fantastic technique on the rope, so realistic being squeezed under the armpit cause he's holding his gloves in his hands, your just amazing.

    My guess, no bullets on the holster?

    Looks fantastic on the rock too.

  2. Bill...You're too good. Now I'll have to fess up.

  3. The carving looks perfect to me. I did notice no bullets in the hoster, but I thought it might have been no straps behind holding the chaps tight to the legs. Speaking of the chaps, I just love the button details on the sides. The rock is a great detail. All I can say is WOW…myron

  4. Funny, I was going to say bullets too!