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.   


  1. That's a shame that people are no longer sending comments just because you are protecting your property.

    We do have your expressed permission to copy and use your templaates.

    I hope you enjoy your trip

    Michael, Corsham

  2. Lynn,
    Wonderful series, once again. I might have missed your explanation on this before but I notice on the back on Monte's gunbelt you left a small rectangle area. You can clearly see it about 30 secs into this video. What is that? I assumed it was a cartridge carrier not yet detailed but he's pre-metallic cases so I am confused as to what this might be.
    You and Judy have a nice trip and don't get yourself stuck in the snow!

    Merryl Bustin

  3. Merryl: You are very observant! And that is an excellent question! It is to be detailed out as cartridges. Black power revolver with could that be. Well, here is the reason. If I left off those bullets 95 to 99 percent of people seeing the figure would ask "Where are his bullets?" If I told them he used a black powder weapon their response would be on walking away from my table "The fool....he forgot to carve the bullets!" So, knowing that my carvings are normally bought by those who grew up watching Gunsmoke I have to carve my figures accordingly. Matt Dillon had bullets so therefore all cowboys had bullets. It's as simple as that.

  4. I was wondering..Since he is wearing blue jeans will you put the back pockets on his jeans?

  5. Yes....still have a lot to do back there. Thanks for the post.

  6. Lynn:
    Great explanation on the videos 4-A&B re: proportion etc. To help others, I've found that a width of a body can be determined as 2 lengths of a normal head. So before we double the size for the caricature head,use that normal measurement from the top of the crown to the chin X 2 for the width of the body from shulder to shoulder......or close enough.
    Thanx for the carving tips & technique of the folds & fingers too. And a special "10-Q" to Judy for trying to keep up with you turning and twisting the arm carving while you worked. It was like a ride on a bronc....ha!
    And of course finishing up the arm on this video was equally excellent as well.

    Enjoy the mountains, snow & camping out & don't be overly concerned 'bout "others" not responding as much. They will in time. You've done the right thing.

  7. I've always carved my people with their arms attached, I'll do the hands seperate to give strength to the fingers. But after seening how much easier is is to get at the underside of the arm, I think I'll try the next one your way. Thanks Lynn, great video.

  8. Lynn,
    Was it your ethics post or the one chewing us peons out and telling us to row our own boats! Some of us has never carve a full figure before and don't know how thick the wood should be, shoot I need all the help I can get. If I knew how, then I might not be watching you, buying DVD's or books.

    Also contrary to what you might say you are an artist, we have all seen your "quick: sketches from watching a movie or TV show.

    Sign me a little aggravated......

  9. P.S. People are probably to intimidated to comment or ask questions now................

  10. don't worry about others as you can't please everyone and your doing this for us , you can't be made to,all out of your heart and willing to share if people don't like it to bad grow up on there time thanks tristan

    ps have good time in rockies,there was a movie with steel in it the other day

  11. Lynn,

    I am following this series with great interest, even though I do not have much time to comment right now. I've been trying to complete some duck decoys for a couple of friends. But after, I will finish my new studio and do more caricature carving thanks to your sharing! Monte looks great!

  12. Hi Lynn, hope you and Judy are enjoying your break from the videos. I'm sure you both can you use the time off.

    I'm almost through with the gun for Monte and have concluded that it will be a very long time before you will see any competion from me. Perhaps when I have carved as many as you, I can do as well.

    I went back and looked at Now Where Did That Varmit Go? and his gun looks similar yet a grat deal different. There is more detail and it even appears that some of it is metal. Would you please comment on the differences between these two guns? Thanks agian for all the lessons, they are extreamly helpful.


  13. Rom: I think the detail you're seeing on that other cut outfit is just paint. I'm sure that once Monte's gun and holster are painted they will look just a flashy. Thanks for the note.

  14. Lynn,
    This series really supplements some of the earlier ones. I am with you all the way, and the camera work is very clear. These videos very clearly display these techniques of very focused areas. I am wondering how you estimate the amount of wood to sand away for the shoulder area to receive the attached arm and maintain symmetry. The orientation of this plane needs to be equally as perfect as the arm or the area will not look right. It appears that they slope upwards and inwards and are pretty narrow on the torso. I am just wondering if there is any particular way you approach this other than eyeballing it. Keep up the good work. Thanks for the efforts by you and Judy.
    Tony Agatucci

  15. Nice 1...:) :)

  16. I really appreciate the videos and the gallery, Your work is an inspiration and a real pleasure to view. Thanks for the time, effort, and money you invest in the blog for us to have to fill some of our "down time". Keep up the good work.

  17. Hi Lynn, My name is Patrick and I'm from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. I love what you are doing and as a new carver you are really helping me learn how to use a knife. I'm trying to carve a couple of your pieces and plan to put together a scene of my own. My question is what do you use to make your rail fences out of and how do you make them look weathered? I've been lurking in the shadows and this is my first post. Patrick

  18. thank you for you to make me learn more,thank you∩0∩ ........................................