Sunday, March 28, 2010

Monte Walsh

Last night I watched the movie Monte Walsh starring Lee Marvin.  While I think the later version starring Tom Selleck is the better of the two this one still is pretty good.  I also liked the role played by Jack Palance but I'm saving him for later.  That character he played in Shane just begs to be carved.  Too bad these two great actors are no longer with us.  Anyway, I thought Monte would make a great figure to carve so I'll use him as my next project.
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I'm going to do this one a little different than the previous  videos as I've already covered a lot of the techniques I'd use.  Also, it takes a lot of time to carve a figure while also making a video and in doing that a lot of my interest in it wanes toward the end.  Pancho was a good indicator of that Monte deserves my best efforts.  So, here is what I'll do:
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-I'll give you the patterns but they'll be pretty generic and there won't be many of them so you might have to make some modifications to accommodate a specific character.  Thats a good thing as you'll be able to use these patters over and over for other figures.  I won't give you all the patterns as I don't use them, i.e., only a side profile of the body as I just draw on the front view directly on the wood.  Same goes for the head. 
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- Instead of showing how to do the carving from start to finish I'll only cover certain aspects of the process like attaching arms, sidearms, things like that.   As I mentioned earlier, we've already covered the other stuff.
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When watching the movie I had my sketchbook handy to make a quick note or thumbnail drawing of things that set this character apart from the others.  Monte's hat is something I want to capture as is his mustache, shirt, and sidearm.  I think I saw a knife on his belt too and he's wearing batwing chaps. Cigarettes figured prominently in this film so there will be one of those hanging from his lip.   The pose of the figure is very important but as I'll be taking you along for the ride I'll keep it simple.
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I've set up an album in the Gallery which will have the patterns and any other material that might come along and like I said I'll toss in a couple of videos to show the parts that might speed you along.  A Google search will supply you with more info and images and if you haven't seen this film I'd highly recommend it. 
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So, let's saddle up and hit the trail......we've got a lot of carving to do.







13 comments:

  1. The two characters you have chosen look great.

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  2. Sounds like a great plan and an interesting project to boot. It will be a bit more challenging with your new approach, but I'm pretty sure we can all slog through.

    Ron

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  3. HEY! that sounds great and with a few videos to help( God knows I need all the help I can get)with the patterns maybe I can learn to go a step beyond and make my own carcaitures. They will allways have your infuance in them, but that is a good thing. (for me anyway) please start teaching as soon as you can! thanks
    DELL in MS.

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  4. Lynn, I really like the new background/layout for your Blog. I think it makes the photos "Jump". I've already done research on Lee Marvin plus I have some for Clint Eastwood and Sam Elliot, other great cowboys. Can't wait to get started.
    Thanks for all that you do.

    Chuck

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  5. Lynn:
    Sounds great. Looking forward to this tutorial. Also like the streamlining you'll be doing for videos so as to not duplicate procedures already shown & discussed, i.e. did that, done that.
    I changed the blade in my utility knife, sharpened up a detail blade too and am ready to begin.
    Did not know of the Lee Marvin Monte Walsh movie. Will have to chekc that out too.
    Thanx again for all the info.

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  6. Lynn thanks for another challenge. We have been fortunate to having some great chactors from the "real west". Looking forward to the new post, as always. Like the new dressings on the blog.
    Charlie Wolfe

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  7. I see you have changed the blog somewhat. With this new "comment moderation" enabled I am sure the comments will decrease. Seems like a form of censorship to me.

    I will be checking in like I always do, but I am sure my comments will be fewer and far between.

    Seem to me I recall a discussion on the WCI message board where you were unhappy with their controlling ways on their forum and you actually stormed out of that venue because of it.

    Looking forward to following the new project even though I am unable to do the carving at this time.

    Happy trails,

    Terry

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  8. Can't wait to start. fred k

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  9. Wow! the new big font! I don't need my bifocals anymore:-)

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  10. Lynn I can't leave any messages. I have tried.fred k

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