Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Carving A Native American Bust - Part 12

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fuzzy - Finished

I finished this one last week but have been so busy with other things this is the first opportunity I've had to post the photo.  It turned out great.  Really like the way the shirt pattern came out.   With the addition of the nameplate it will be complete.  Hope you like him.  Comments always welcome.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kansas City Show Results

We had a great time at the show.  While the table count for the show was down for the reasons I explained on the "Out West Woodcarving Posse" Facebook page, it was still a success for us.  I managed to take Second Best of Show for my newest piece: "Big Bear"which also took First in the caricature bust category. "Looks Like A Good One" took first in caricature full figure.  "Chicken Catch-a What?" came in second in the full figure group and "A Little Off  the Top" was number two in the bust bunch.    "Looks Like a Good One" sold before the show even started so and a small Native American bust sold in the Purchase Award group on Sunday.

The KC group is in the process of joining up with a local Woodworkers group so things should be looking up for a larger show next year, at least everyone is hoping so.  Would hate to see this one disappear as it's always been good for us.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Big Bear - Finished

Put the paint to this rascal over the weekend and put him all together yesterday and today.  Really turned out nice.  I tried something new with his braids...using some cobblers sewing flax thread, with looks exactly like rawhide, I wrapped his braids after I had carved them and covered them with some texture to simulate fur.  That little detail really sets those braids off and I will certainly do more of it in the future.  As I mentioned earlier the earrings were made from some aluminum wire and two hammered brass disks which I left natural.

Now if the name plate shows up before we leave for Kansas City and this weekends show I'll really be happy.  Hope you like him and there are more photos in the Gallery.

Rise & Shine....A Musical Interlude

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Now That's A Mule!

My good friend Jim Quilici, out in California, sent me a photo of his latest piece, one he did for a relative.  It portrays a Great Uncle who used to be a lawman out in Murphys, CA who rode around on his mule provoking gunfights.   I really think it's great when a piece of ones work can tell a story.

I just can't be over that Mule.  I don't know what he's up to but from the look on the face of the fella standing next to him you can bet it wouldn't be a good idea to walk behind him.

A great job Jim!

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Big Bear

I hoping to get this one done before the Kansas City show.  It's all finished now except for the painting.  That bear claw necklace is a real snappy detail which will look great once it's painted.  I plan on threading some beads between the claws but will have to wait until it's almost completely done to do that as I carved the claws separately and will insert them once everything is painted.  I gave him some hammered brass earrings which I will leave natural with just a coat of varnish so they won't tarnish over time.

No more photos in the Gallery yet but will be once he hits the photo studio when finished.   Hope you like him so far.

Being an equal opportunity carver I'm going to have to switch over to Cowboys as those Redskins (can I say that?) are taking over the shop and gallery.