Sunday, January 29, 2012

"Any Complaints?"

Here is the head for one I'm now working on.  He will be a Chuck Wagon cook not to open to any negative comments about his cooking.  He's also a little over sized than normal, standing about 16 inches all without the base.  I want to do some that will stand up to being placed on a display podium by themselves.   As with my previous painting style you might also note some changes in my carving techniques.  With this one I've tried to texture the mustache and hair a little different which works well on a larger figure.

Anyway, there are a  couple more photos in the Gallery and your comments are always appreciated.


  1. I like the texture of the mustache. It is a little more irregular and even a bit "disorganized" compared to the mustache on Windy....making it more realistic in my opinion, or at least more "natural" looking on a carved figure. The paint on Windy was stupendous....I am defiantly hoping to make the show at the museum. My wife and kids visited that museum when they were little. I missed that trip due to work. She actually has a book about the museum from that trip, and I looked at it...what a collection, I really want to see the bronzes as well as your carvings. Will be a great trip. Keep up the good work.

  2. I think the change in your technique enhances the carving as it looks a bit more natural to my eye anyway. Should turn out to be another one of your winners.

  3. Larger!!!??? I can only imagine. I have got to find a way to show up wherever you are sometime to see your work in person. :) I like the texture in the mustache and hair. A bit more realistic. I think the size/shape is what lends itself to caricature. But, I've seen others who are so, so detailed in their hair that it takes away from the carving.
    And now for a question if you do not mind. I wnet back to your first videos of carving a cowboy head and have been watching and doing, watching and doing. I keep running into a problem though. My grain is up and down from head to chin. When I carve the inner nub of the ear, the bulbs of the nose and even the lower lip, I keep running into the problem of having the fibres of the grain splitting off of their own accord. For example, when carving around the inner ear, the fibers crack and split as I made the initial cut at an angle. It seems like as I cut, the upper part of the blade is pushing against the fibers and they crack and split. I keep my knife sharp but, it is not the edge of the blade that is causing the problem. It seems to be up off the edge. No problems cutting straight down in a straight line. but, when cutting a curve, especially a tighter curve, I keep cracking and splitting the fibers up off of the edge of the blade. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks once again. Jim

  4. Jim: Sure sound like a dull blade to me. On solution might be a mixture of alcohol and water. Mix up some 50/50 mixture and soak your carving area good and see if that helps. It will dry and have no affect on your carving or painting. Could also be you have a bad piece of basswood. Also the blade on your knife might be to thick for what you're trying to do. Whatever...I'd try the spray and see if that works for you.