Saturday, March 03, 2012

Buffalo Soldier–Part 7

It’s time to draw a pattern for the body and cut the blank out.  We’re trying to save some wood here so stick with me on this one.   I’ve put the two patterns into the associated album in the gallery.


  1. Thanks again Lynn!!!

    I am really looking forward to the buffalo skull you mention in this video. (Please take the time to go over your choice of grain direction when you do.) I'd also like to see your take on any deer or elk antlers some time. I can see something like those being hung on a wall in a scene for added effect.

    And if Judy doesn't want you wiping glue on your jeans, then lets get you a rag to dangle from your hip pocket! We would all be disappointed if you lost your number one cameraman.

    Thanks again for taking the time to film these and teach us from your experience.


  2. I too am eagerly awaiting the buffalo skull..I see a large(er) one hanging over my mantel,, at least until the wife sees it anyway.

    I am very interested in seeing the solider made from two pieces of wood. I have thought in the past of trying to do one in halves like a horse, because I just don't have that large wood in my stock. Those bigger dimension pieces are more pricey than two smaller ones, so mating them up could be a real solution for me. Until now I have mostly carved 4-6 inch character, and I must say they take up a lot less space when you go to display your collection f they are small. However, I just feel like I am limited on the amount of detail and the amount of visual impact I can get on a small character. I am working on one now (my own design thank you) of an old man with a cane (sort of a self portrait) that is 12 inches tall. We will see if he turns out better due to size, and if so I will definitely use the method from this video in the future.

    Women often have a civilizing effect (their terminology) on men...I too wipe stuff in places she probably doesn't appreciate when I am alone. Tell he we are grateful she has knocked some of the rough edges off of you. Keep up the good work on the blog, both of your efforts are greatly appreciated.

  3. I found this link which describes the carbine we'll be duplicating:

    These might help you when carving your carbine.

  4. Lynn & Judy - Even though you have not "carved" anything with a knife I really enjoyed watching this video. We all want to get to carving, yet, I think the layout and design stage is so much more important. Too often we watch others carve and don't realize that decisions made back in the desing stage effects what is being carved. Instead, we just start carving and then when we can't even come close to replicating we are left wondering why. Sure, it is nice to watch someone else carve, but... So thank you Lynn for taking the time to show us what you do for what would be considered mundane by some, but important for my learning curve. E.g. - I'm thinking - why is he he using two blocks of wood and why not glue them together??? AHAA!!!!

    A skull might not be that hard for you, but, I too would have an interest in seeing you do one when you want a change of pace purely for asthetics. For some reason, a buffalo skull attracts our attention.

    Thank you once again - Jim