Monday, April 26, 2010

We're Back!

We've been home a few days but have been really busy trying to catch up around the place.  Amazing how fast grass grows when there's no one around to cut it!  Hopefully, we can get back to Monte and his right arm in the next day or so.
Had a great trip out west.  Spent some time tearing up the countryside around Moab, Utah in our UTV.  Don't worry.....didn't knock over anything!  The Arches are still standing!  Was cold up in the Rockies.  Crawled out of our Cowboy bedrolls one morning and had to shake the snow off the tent flap.  It was 29 degrees out there!  One thing Judy and I found out is that with advancing age we've become confirmed flatlanders.  Those high altitudes really make us puff now that we're a little older.   Clocked almost 3000 miles on our trip meter. Enjoyed ever one of them.
Anyway,  Only 20 acres left to mow and I'll start honing up Old Reliable.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Monte Walsh-Part 5 – The Wraps Come Off!

With the glue dry it’s time to remove the rubber band to see if Monte gets to keep the transplant.   Hopefully, the operation was a success.

Only one arm to go after this one and he’ll be almost trail ready… least ready enough to make it over to the paint table.


In the next video we’ll put a little action in the figure.  Until then your comments are welcome and appreciated.    And just a note about those comments, or the lack of them…..ever since I posted my little sermon on the ethics of carving duplication I’ve noted a dramatic reduction in the comments and emails I receive.   That’s too bad as I really miss the feedback.   

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Monte Walsh – Part 4 – The Left Arm Continued

With this post we finish carving the hand and as much of the arm as we can prior to gluing it to the body.  I also try and answer a recent question about the proportions I use when developing figures. 


I hope this will answer all your questions about attaching arms.  If not we still have one to go!


Any comments are always welcome.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Monte Walsh – Part 3 – The Left Arm

Here are the first two part of attaching the left arm.  A  lot of you expressed a large amount of interest in doing this so I will devote quite a bit of time to it. 

As always, any comments or suggestions are welcome. 

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Monte Walsh – Part 2 – Monte Gets A Gun

This post is in three parts.  I wanted to give you  as much information as possible about what your carving to assist you in completing this project.  Another great source for antique arms information is right here on the internet.  Just Google what you’re looking for.


I did make one small mistake during my demonstration of loading the pistol.  While you could load the guns cylinder with the cap, powder and wad with it removed you would have to replace it within the weapon to seat the lead ball.  Sorry about that! 


If you think I’m getting a little windy in my videos just let me know and I’ll try to tone them down.  As always, your comments are always welcome.