Sunday, February 22, 2015

Red Hawk

I had hoped to complete this piece before heading off to the Charlotte, North Carolina Woodcarving show that's taking place this weekend but as the weather put an end to that it can make it's debut here.

I've done a few similar busts of Native Americans similar to this one but this time I tried a different style of base to elevate it to a higher level and make it a little more least I think it does.  The base is walnut.  I had thought about attaching some scalp locks to the shoulders but after trying out a couple decided against it.  With all the decoration it already has that addition might have just be a little too much.  I really like the shield, a design I came across while researching war gear.  I modified it some to keep it from being a direct copy.  There are a lot of different colors in the shields painting but you have to look at it close to see them...blues, blacks, reds, yellows, all blended to make it interesting.  It's anchored to the base and the figure by metal studs. The tip of the spear is made from hammered copper and anchored in place with some flax material used for leather binding that looks just like rawhide.

So, I hope you like Red Hawk.  It's a nice piece that should move off the reservation fairly least I hope it does.

More photos in the Gallery and I look forward to your comments as always.


  1. Way Cool !!! Love that shield and colorful clothing ...

  2. I was disappointed to see that you were heading to Charlotte, since I recently moved from the area to the Missouri Ozarks. Then I kept reading and didn't feel so bad. I hope to meet you at one of the shows around here. I have admired your work since Gary Falin told me about you about three years ago. Your choice of colors and all the details you put in really sets your work apart. I always look forward to your new posts. This one and Warbonnet 2 are especially good.

  3. Very nice Lynn.. the poor fellow looks so sad he reminds me of Iron Eyes Cotton Cody when he did the "Keep America Beautiful" commercial

  4. Inspiring as always. Thank you for all your contributions to the art. It gives us beginners a measure by which we can gauge our work.

  5. Brilliantly designed and executed, such vibrant colors make it a masterpiece. You continue to amaze me with your continued elevation of each succeeding piece. Bravo.