Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Fence Work -Finished!

I finished this one up this morning with the help of Judy who was kind enough to construct the barbed wire while I put the final touches to the overall scene.  This is a fairly large piece, measuring just about 22 inches including the base.  I got the idea for it from a painting by Bruce Greene.  Of course, while borrowing the paintings pose, I added my own embellishments and changes to make it unique from the other.

I was a little hesitant to add actual barbed wire to the piece for fear that someone would poke themselves, however it just wouldn't have looked correct with smooth wire.  Barb-less wire is used on horse ranches as horses don't lean on the fence like cattle and if you've ever seen the damage barbed wire can do to a horse should they run or get tangled into it you can understand it's use. But in this case I stuck with the barbed version.

The Del Monte sliced peaches emblem is painted directly on the can and it's filled with staples. The fence post is from an old post I found on our property.  I weathered it a little more than it originally was.

All in all I'm quite pleased with the way this one turned out.  The Cowboy certainly appears comfortable with his work although I'm sure he'd much rather be setting in the saddle, out herding cattle.  People ask why I always put a smoke in the mouth of my figures.  Well, back then just about all of them lit up when they had the chance.  The tag of his makins pouch is hanging from his waistcoat pocket.

There are quite a few photos in the Gallery and I look forward to your comments.

11 comments:

  1. Lynn, that is fantastic. Your level of detail is just great. I am curious how you made the barb wire fence. I have been contemplating creating a carving with some barb wire fence in it.

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  2. Way Cool !!!That's a big one....

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  3. As always an incredible piece. This maybe one of your best. Ginny

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  4. Man O Man....I would love to see this one in person. The size is incredible, and the amount f details I found in blowing up and studying the photos on the blog are mind numbing...it is like you took a photograph and the converted it into a carving...so many small things, I am in awe. Congrats again.

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  5. Glad you got tis one painted and "detailed" up as only you can. It's just simply outstanding!

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  6. https://scontent-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1/1620841_10152215611828024_2015096040_n.jpg
    Here's a photo of Judy making a length of Barbed-wire using 20 gauge twisted galvanized wire. She would wrap a short length of the wire around the length, solder it in place, then snip off the excess. I dipped a length into gun blueing to get a darkened, rusty looking piece to wrap around the post and then used an untreated length to coil through his hand to look like the new wire used for repair.

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  7. Great looking carving Lynn as usual, you get that leather looking so realistic !! It's all the little touches that really make the carving , I love the Del Monte peaches can it made smile and Judy you did a great job of the barb wire I will use that at some point, looking forward to you next series whatever it may be !!! Keep up the good work. Trev

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  8. Congratulations on another fantastic carving. It is easy to see that you have been at this for a while. I really admire your style of design and carving, especially the painting. I have a question about your favorite knife. What brand of blades do you use in it? Keep 'em coming. Dwight Hunter

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  9. I do think this is your best. The weathered post really complements the piece with the size and makes the other colors really crisp... Natural like pose.
    Wow, think what you could do if you really pushed yourself ! .. Just kidding. Its great to see your body of work with new things still popping up.
    Going to larger sizes should open new creative doors ?

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    1. HI, Is your figure for sale??I just love it, Thanks, Gerrit

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  10. This figure has already been sole. Lots more here: http://www.outwestgallery.com/ForSale/index.html

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