Friday, November 22, 2013

The Coal Miner - Part 30 - Painting the Overalls

The Coal Miner - Part 30 - Painting The Overalls from Out West Woodcarving Videos on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Coal Miner - Part 29 - Painting The Shirt

Well, I had hoped to make use of a feature of the video processing program we've been using to speed up certain portions of videos by fast forwarding. Unfortunately, it didn't work so to continue to use the higher definition uploads we'll have to limit video lengths to 15 minutes or less. Anything more than that times out, probably from the limits of our DSL line. Anyway, this one covers painting the shirt.

Part 28 -Painting The Shirt from Out West Woodcarving Videos on Vimeo.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Fence Work

Here is one I've been working on for the past couple of months.  I had hoped to get it finished before the Dayton show but just didn't have the time.  It's a large one, standing about 18" with the base.  It depicts a wrangler taking a break from fixing some broken fence, something we're pretty familiar with around our place.  While we have the benefit of fence pliers, wire stretchers, splices and crimpers, this fella is stuck with a hammer, a can of staples and a pare of dykes......the wire kind not the other kind.  He'll be holding some new wire in the right hand while the old fence post will show it's past history of numerous wraps and repairs.  That post is from an ancient fence on the property which had fallen down years ago.  The tin can will be filled with wire staples and with a painted wrapper.

While I will continue to stick with the caricature genre you will probably notice that my pieces will take on a more realistic appearance as time goes on.  They will also continue to grow in size to what is considered normal for a wooden carved caricature.   The larger size allows an increased area for more detail while being much easier on my aging eyes.  It also separates my work from that of others which is something I'm always striving for.

There are a few more photos in the gallery and your comments are always appreciated.