Thursday, August 28, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The little fork was the weakest point of the piece so I reinforced it was a metal rod at the bend. Now it's probably the strongest! I carved the fork then cut it in two. Snipping off the head of a wire brad and bending it to match the forks shape I drilled matching holes in each piece and glued it together. It will take a determined effort for someone to break it.
Hope you like him and there are some more photos in the Gallery. Next up? A wrangler carrying a saddle!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
I want to say one thing about the lariat that I think might be of use to those of you who might want to include this detail in one of your pieces. Even though we might work in caricature it's important to still follow some rules to make our carvings correct. The other day I saw a carving of a Cowboy holding a lariet which looked more like a Piggin String than a lasso. A Piggin String is what is used to tie the calfs feet together during Rodeo roping competitions. It's about 6' feet in length. The normal lariat runs from 28' to 32' in length. Some are even longer. When I make my version I first determine the scale by measuring my figure and then scaling the wire length to match a 6' cowboy. In the case of this figure the length came to about 10 feet. That might seem like a lot but after making the loop and coiling it through his hand it looks just as it should. So, when he throws that rope around that rangy cayuse he shouldn't come up short.
I hope you like him as I do and there are more photos in the Gallery. As always, your comments are welcome and appreciated.