Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The photo to the Cook on the left is one I did quite a few years ago. I can't make out the date which is a good reminder to make sure your photos capture those important facts. He's got his coffee made, cups in hand, and is waiting for the boys to crawl out of their bedrolls and stumble over for a cup of wake-up. As Arbuckles coffee was the brand any good cook would choose I included a case of it and a opened package on top. The cups are tin. Overall a pretty neat little scene.
I hope you can follow along and carve one of your own and comments are welcome as always. Here's the video link:
Friday, June 24, 2011
Some more photos in the Gallery and your comments are welcome as always.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
When fitting the body to the saddle you will no doubt also have to remove material from the saddle. The important thing is that the body should fit into the saddle naturally so it looks like a single piece.
Hope this helps you out.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The little poem is one of my own and while it doesn't really explain what his neck was stretched for it's clear that whatever it was he won't be doing it again.
I hope to have this one done by the Dayton show. As always your comments are welcome and there are a few more photos in the Gallery.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
This has really been a fun project but I'm glad it's over. Doing these carvings via the video process really stretches out the production time of a piece and by the time it's half done I'm just about ready to move on to something else. But I know you folks like those videos so we'll keep them coming. I've already got an idea for the next series which should be even more interesting and a lot more challenging.
The symbol on the flag is one I found on the web and I think it really rounds out the character. Once everything was mounted I gave him and the flag a quick shot of Dul-Coat to even everything up.
So, if you're making your own version I hope you share it with the rest of us. Maybe we can put them all together and go over and attack that WCI forum and create a little havoc. Again, your comments are welcome and appreciated.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
With this segment we wrap up the project except for the final flag design, the finishing varnish and mounting him solidly on his base. Personally, I think he turned out great and will make an impressive little character for someone’s display shelf. If you’re carving your own version I hope you had as much fun doing it as I have.
As always your comments and opinions are appreciated.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Believe it or not we’re finally finished with the carving part. In this segment we wrap up that part of this project and get ready to move into the painting phase. A couple more posts and this little figure can go set on the display stand.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Monday, June 06, 2011
He’s really starting to take shape with this segment. I kind of fleshed him out outside the video but most of what I did has already been covered in previous projects so I felt I didn’t need to repeat those steps here. I placed my patterns for the arms and sword in the Gallery album. Just remember there is a lot of extra wood to the arms to play with.