Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Duke

Well, it's been a while but I finally got back to doing something.  My Sister visited over the Memorial Day weekend and  on her way spent some time up in Winterset, Iowa attending the grand opening of the new John Wayne Museum (  She brought along a bunch of brochures, etc., that she picked up there and that was enough to get me interested in trying to capture his likeness in wood.

Tuesday morning I spent some time on the net googling photos, drawings and other art work to come up with a working sketch to work from and then roughed out the head while at our local carving gathering.  This morning I finished the head, worked on the hat and pretty well finished up that part of the piece.  I think I will keep it a bust as even that will make a pretty large piece when done.  The head with the hat on measures right at 7".  The hardest part was getting the eyes right and I think once they are painted they should look pretty good.  At least I hope so.  I stuck a smoke in his mouth as he was a heavy smoker as were most cowpokes.  The hat really adds to the character.

There are a couple more photos in the Gallery and I look forward to your comments.


  1. Your caricature work is likened to Al Herschfeld's. They really capture the essence of the person you are depicting. The Duke will be a classic. Great carving.

  2. Looks wonderful. Go for it and make a full figure, a giant carving of a giant star.

  3. Another Great Caricature. I like it.

  4. I wish I could have seen you carve, them The Duke is a grate man, Very goods carving Sir, and Blue, go's one these Carving