Monday, February 19, 2018

Buckskin Billy

Just finished working on this one yesterday.  The carved feather was still wet with primer so I used a real one for the photo.  I tried something new this time by adding some beaded piping along the edge where the body of the shirt meets the fringe of the sleeve.  Should look pretty good when it's painted.  I also added a beaded trim around the top of the top hat to give it some extra sparkle once painted.  

I had done the head as a video project back in July of last year.  If you want to see how it was carved just look for "Carving a Caricature Head" here on the Blog or at the Vimeo video link.  I carve a lot of heads with no real end view in sight as to what they will become.  It's sort of like a painter making sketches.  It not only give you great practice that improves your abilities but it also gives you references to use when contemplating a future project.   With this one I wondered whether a Mountain Man would be smoking a cigar....whether that would actually have taken place.  Doing a little research showed that they were popular so I'm sure they made an appearance in the Rockies, no doubt available at the yearly Rendezvous.  

Whatever, I hope you like him and will look forward to any comments. 


  1. I just recently re-watched your original "Carving a Head" series, followed immediately by the new series. While your carvings are always impressive, I'm astounded to see how much you've improved in your carving skill. I would have expected that, once you skills are established, the growth in later years wouldn't be that noticeable but I was wrong! The eyes, mustache and hair look astoundingly better and I couldn't have imagined that much growth. Thanks for sharing and for letting us watch you grow.

  2. Thanks Gary. To me that's what it's all about. If your not interested in improving your skill why even bother.