Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Captain's Coat

Believe it or not, I actually finished something!  Believe me it wasn't easy...working between all the chores around the place and, the relocationof our oldest son's family into their new place next door, and the visit by our grandsons for the past week, there's not much free time to set down to whittle and paint.  But, I thing the effort paid off with a really nice and colorful piece.

I don't know if you all have been following the "Turn" series presently showing on the AMC channel about General Washington's spy network, it sure sparked my interest.  I had just recently read BrianKilmead's book "The Secret Six" which was also about these same events but seeing the many uniforms whetted my appetite to try something along those lines.  Granted, my piece sort of stretches the facts a bit by giving a plains Indian the coat of a revolutionary officer but, hey!  It could have happened!

Anyway, while I've done similar carvings  before I tried to make this one a little more realistic, at least in the face.  I added that knife and sheath to fill up the area on the breast plate.  It also creates a bit of interest and addes another element of color.  The carving, including the base stands about 12" tall.  Brass nails were used for the buttons.

Hope you like it and there are more photos in the gallery and I look forward to your comments.


  1. Fantastic piece, Lynn. I really like the brilliant colors and the way you create all the different facial expressions. And especially interesting is reading about how you develop your ideas into the finished piece. I enjoy watching and learning from your videos. Your unique style of instruction makes it fun and interesting. I am looking forward to seeing what the next one is. Thanks for all you have done. You are the best. Dwight Hunter

  2. I have not watched the TV show but I plan on seeing if I can watch it on the web. I'm happy for you and Linda to have your Family near by. There's NOTHING like FAMILY. Enjoy them while you can. Perhaps you have some new carvers in the family.
    Great job .. Ginny

  3. That's a beautiful piece Lynn , colours are bold but not over the top and the expression on the face is perfect , I like the more realistic look too! Top marks Lynn , I look forward to your next video . Keep up the good work. Trev

  4. great piece, your bead-work is truly amazing and puts the "Pop" on a piece. Haven't been on the nternet much on this great vacation in progress, but your new carving was worth logging on for.