Saturday, August 23, 2014

He Looks Like a Good One!

I finished this one last week so I guess it's time I put him up for inspection.  He's a good sized piece...standing about 22" tall with the base.  I really like the coloring.  That blue shirt shows lots of use which is as it should be.  The same goes for the gloves.  I do see some areas for improvement after looking at the photos so have made a note of those areas.
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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.
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I hope you like him as I do and there are more photos in the Gallery.  As always, your comments are welcome and appreciated.


5 comments:

  1. A great piece as usual. At our last carving club, I sat next to a long time acquaintance who had been at a show (I think in Arkansas) recently and was telling a bunch of us about it. He started describing one carvers works, and went on and on about them in great detail and was so impressed by what he had seen. Eventually one of the group asked the name of this carver, and he said he didn't remember. I said I bet I could tell them who it was, and said your name. He said that's right, how did you know. I think you might have picked up some more blog followers from that conversation. You sure impressed my friend. You haven't been on the WCI forum at all for a while , and not much activity on your blog....hope all is well at your place. I really hope your enthusiasm for teaching and blogging isn't declining, but if so I with you well. Hope to see more of you on the net soon. take care and enjoy the rest of the summer.

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  2. As always I truly like all of your carvings. This one is no exception. I love it. I'm also a big fan of your videos and am missing them a lot. I'm hoping you will start making some videos soon. I know it is very time consuming but your videos help so many people. Thanks for all you do , Ginny

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  3. Totally outstanding Lynn! I can't see any areas for improvement at all ! Well only that it would look so much better if it was sat here in my living room!!! Keep up the good work and take care. Trev

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