Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Red Horse

Here's another bust, same size as Windy...about 8" tall.  Again, lots of color which really sets them off.   I have a great opportunity coming up in the future and pieces this size should really be a hit and also most importantly, affordable.  At least I hope so.

As always your comments are welcome and appreciated.


  1. These two new busts look really nice..colorful and well executed. Should be good sellers at any show or venue. Hope your opportunity works out for you, but hope it doesn't take you away from the tutorials we all enjoy so much. Great job on these pieces.

  2. Comments are welcome on my last comment......on Part 16 of the Fireman.....

  3. These 8" size of carvings will be quite welcome by perspective buyers and collectors I'm sure. Hope your "opportunity" works out for you.

    Both the blanket Indian and Mountainman are just excellent. And your beadwork detail is most impressive.

  4. Both Windy and Red Jacket are very nice! I also notice that then "Name" is also very important and definitely one detail that should not be overlooked. Red Jacket - I like that.
    Lynn, as an aside and hopefully not too personal - I the last Fireman video, you mention how about how long it took you being 16 videos at approximately 30 minutes each and not including how much time you spend off camera. I was curious as to about how many carvings you do month or a year. I realize it can be difficult to guage because some are more complicated than other and some are larger than others, but, it seems like you create an awful lot. Heck, it takes me a week just to create the head! lol (But that is because I am constantly watching your videos instead of carving! :) ) So, if is not too personal, I am sure other members might be curious also as to how many finished pieces you create. If it is too personal, just let me know - I won't be offended but will have to cry myself to sleep tonight :( lol Thanks once again. Jim

  5. Jim: In a way I am a little hesitant to say just how long it takes me to do something and I think people might get the wrong idea. At shows I'm constantly ask "How long did it take?" and to be honest I lie and tell them what they want to hear. To give you an honest answer about how long it took me to do Windy, the mountain man I just finished, I carved his head at our weekly Tuesday gathering in about 2 hours. The body took about another 2 hours and the had about 30 minutes. While that might seem pretty fast please remember that I've probably made so many small busts like him that it's second nature to me. It is actually taking me longer to paint him than carve. As for finished pieces...thats a hard one to answer as it all depends on the piece. I don't really consider what time I might have involved in something nor do I set a goal of completing a certain amount within a given time. Some days I go to the shop and just fiddle around not doing anything. Keeping it real loose works best for me. I have ongoing projects that have been in process for years which I will eventually get around to finishing when the urge hits but I let it come of it's own accord.

    I hope that answers your question. But if someone asks you if you know how long it take me to do something please don't tell them the truth! I might lose a sale!

  6. Lynn,
    I appreciate your candid response (and don't worry - your secret is safe with me Flash Gordon! lol).
    Since I am new to wood carving, I know that I get faster and faster with each carving such as a study stick for example. So, I can understand that you are what we think as "really" fast.
    On the other side of this blog and videos, again as an example, you put in so much time to make the videos, take and post the photos, etc... (which we all immensely are grateful for) that when we see the end of a series of videos and see two new completed busts, it just got me to wondering how much time and effort you put in on pieces as a benchmark for my own efforts.
    I know I will most likely never match your skill (nor should I be trying to, instead trying develop my own individualtiy). What you carve is so far removed from what other carvers are teaching, (I am not being snobbish or arrogant or all high and mighty) I honestly can say that I have no desire to even attempt to emulate the vast amjority of these carver's work for fear of developing unwanted cuts that will make my carvings "ordinary" like theirs. So, I spend my time looking at photos and hacking up wood to see what I can produce. But your carvings are so different. I know it is yoru essence in each carving and I need to find my own. But, even studying thing like the way you carve eyes or anything else, give my mind much food for thought.
    I for one hopefully will one day get to meet you and Judy and be able to show my gratitude and appreciation with a firm handshake. Thanks again Lynn, Jim