Saturday, April 29, 2017

Strong Heart

Here is the one I'm presently working on.  While I've done one previously similar to it I will again change this one enough to where it will be unique.

I still have to decide just what type of decoration to put on the head...either feathers or a hat.  At the moment I'm leaning toward feathers and have made a few just in case that's the direction I end up going.   The crosshatched areas on each side of the jacket will be beaded and the center medallion will be a peace medal.  I've lightly etched the relief of a bust on the medal that will be enhanced when it's painted.

I was originally going to name this one "The Delegate" as if he was heading for a peace conference.  However, I decided to save that name for another figure as I think a peace delegate would be dressed to more represent their tribe.  Here's a photo of the feathers, ready to be painted.

He should be pretty colorful once painted and should make an attractive piece to someone's collection.  

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Any Complaints - 2

As I mentioned before, this is a smaller version of the one I did earlier.  He stands about 10-11" tall compared to the original which came in at around 16".  While it's the same basic pose, the figure is different as is the apron design.  I try to keep everything original if possible and for those of you who sell your work, producing original work is a prime consideration to those who might collect it.  If you compare the two you can quickly see that while they might each have a coffee pot, gun, vest and cleaver, everything else is pretty distinct to each figure.  

There are other photos in the Gallery if you can find them. If some of you have found an easy way to locate the individual photo albums please let me and the others here know.  Again, I look forward to any comments. 

Our great friend Bob Easton has given us a solution to finding a particular photo album.  Here's the solution:

"It's easy to understand your disappointment with what Google's done to photos. It's not too hard to find older sets ---as long as--- one knows a name to search for. Here's how I found the earlier version of "Any Complaints." The key is having a name, a complete name.

1. Open the "Blog Photo Gallery" link.
2. Then press CTRL+F (CMD+F on Macs) to open a search box.
3. Type in the name, "Any Complaints"

That quickly took me to a folder of 29 pictures."
Also, remember to use the "Labels" feature on the right side of this Blog.  Just search for the type of carving or subject and "Presto" all Blog posts dealing with that word are brought up.  

Hopefully, this will help us track down certain least until Google decided to change things again.

Thanks again Bob. 

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Any Complaints? - 2

It's been quite a while since I did a Chuckwagon Cook  so I thought I would do another of this character but on a smaller scale.  As I mentioned earlier, I'm getting over a bad case of artist block so I guess you could say I'm easing back into it.

This Cookie stands about 12" tall with the base but still manages to capture most of the attitude of my earlier piece.  Some inconsiderate Brush Popper must have questioned the quality of the evening meal which didn't set well with prairie version of Emeril Legasse.  He'll no doubt get his attitude adjusted come Breakfast when he finds himself at the end of the chow line.

I'm not really sure what's next on the calendar but imagine it will probably be another Indian.  With spring chores building I just hope they don't crowd out my carving time.

I didn't place any additional photo in the Gallery as I can never seem to find them once I post them there.  Anyway, I hope you like this one and will look forward to your comments.

Friday, April 07, 2017


Slump!  Hitting the wall!  Artistic Block!  Whatever you might call it, that's what I've been going through for the past  months.  I'm sure most of you have experienced the same thing.  Hopefully, with this piece and a few upcoming ones I am finally over it.  

Jeremiah has been setting, gathering dust,  on the workbench since last year.  I finally finished him yesterday.  He's not an example of my best work but at least he's done and won't haunt me everytime I walk into the shop.   There are more photos in the photo Gallery but good luck looking for them.  Google really did a number when they dropped Picasa.