Monday, December 19, 2011

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Judy and I would like to wish you all a very blessed Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.   God bless you all.

Fireman – Part 6

With this video we map out the lower body.  I’ve decided to go with a 3/4 bust which will give us lots of opportunity for detail and once completed will result in an impressive piece of sculpture. 

I’ll give you the measurements of the body in the video but as part of this exercise it will be up to you to come up with your own pattern as that is part of the overall process of developing a character. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fireman – Part 5

In this segment I explain the process of making the helmet. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fireman – Part 4

With this segment we finish carving the head and take a look as what’s ahead with the helmet.  And I don’t care what some might say I’ll bet anything that there is a Fireman out there somewhere that puffs on a stogy while hosing down a flaming building! 

Friday, December 09, 2011

Fireman – Part 3

With the Kerosene Lantern project wrapped up we’re back to the Fireman and roughing out the head.

Making A Kerosene Lantern – Part 4

Kerosene Lantern

We wrap up this little project with this video and I’ll be the first to say that the little lantern we constructed looks pretty snazzy.  Hopefully, you’ll try and make your own version cause a little extra detail like this can really spark up your carvings. 

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Making A Kerosene Lantern - Part 1

I’ve received a number of requests to show how to create a Kerosene Lantern but have been hesitant to do so as most probably don’t have a wood lathe or access to one.   So, after a little experimentation I think I may have found a way that anyone with a band saw could turn out a lantern that might not be to scale but still looks pretty good.   It’s not a hard thing to do but does involve a number of steps and the tracking down of Plexiglas rod.   I get mine from a Plastics distributor in Tulsa that caters to sign shops.  If you live close to a large city you can probably find a listing in the Yellow Pages.  If not you can order it from a source on the net.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Fireman – Part 1


I want to thank you for all the really neat ideas and suggestions for the next video series.  I think I’ve got one that you’ll approve of and that will make one of the niftiest carvings we’ve done yet.  We’re going to do a bust of a Fireman.


My good friend Stan Hope up in South Dakota sent me a suggestion and a whole load of reference material on Fireman, both antique and modern.  This project will incorporate details from several different time periods.  I’ll use some details and equipment that might not exactly match up to the correct period but it will make a neat figure. 


Here the link to the material Stan has allowed us to use: 


There is enough here that will allow you to use something different if you want.  It’s all good and we owe our thanks to Stan for putting it all together.


So let’s get started!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Wall Drug Cowboy Band

Here is something you might find interesting.  This little plaster group of figures was purchased by my parents back in 1949 while we were all on a trip up to the Black Hills.  I'll bet they were even made in the USA!......something that would be unheard of nowadays.   At the Dayton show I mentioned them to my good friend Don Mertz  as since I met Don quite a few years back every time I look at these four guys I think of his carvings.
They stand about 6 inches tall.  I've included back and side views photos of them in the Gallery along with a close up of the faces.  Maybe you'd like to try your hand at making a set of your own.