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My granny and pawpaw lived on a gravel road in Rockwood, Alabama. They didn't have air conditioning, so we spent a lot of time on the front porch, which had a view of the elementary school and it's baseball field. I remember the sounds of whipperwills, church bells, and tires on the gravel road. Maybe it is a southern thing, but they always raised their hand and gave a little wave of greeting or recognition to whoever came down that road. Usually, it was someone they knew, but I guess they figured they were either visiting them or their neighbors, that they were not really strangers if they were driving down that road. I guess seeing that gesture so much, it has grown to be part of me. Whether it's a nod, a tip of the hat, or a polite wave, it's just something that is a reflex for me when I am driving or walking. Or when sitting on a porch, listening to car tires on a gravel road.
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I've wanted to carve a bulldog ever since we got Otis. He's pretty interesting with his wrinkles, his smile, the way he sits. This is more of a caricature, but I like some realism in my caricatures, maybe too much at times. I like the way he looks, but I think I'm probably going to use him in a scene or a group. I think I may have him looking up at a guy eating a hamburger or something? I need to think about it some more! Thanks for looking!
This is a Gerald Sears rough out that I got last October. I had hoped to carve with Gerald, but at least I got this rough out from him! Lots of challenging deep cuts on this guy... I got to use a variety of knives and skews to get some of the areas as deep as i wanted. Look for him in my store. Thanks for looking!
I won this rough out of Jon Nelson's in a carving contest at the RWR in Lebanon, TN a couple of years ago. The challenge was to carve something from a block of wood in 40 minutes that was anything holiday related except a Santa. I carved a leprecaun and got second place. I believe Dale Kirkpatrick got first with a carving of Uncle Sam, so it was kinda funny that I got this as second prize! I like the way the flag turned out on this one. Thanks for looking!
James Taylor sings
"In my mind I'm going to Carolina. Can't you see the sunshine, can't you just feel the moonshine?
Ain't it just like a friend of mine to hit me from behind? Yes, I'm going to Carolina in my mind."
I can't sing, but I love songs, and James Taylor is an old favorite of mine. This is a rough out from Mitch Cartledge, who lives in North Carolina, and since he didn't provide a title for this guy, I had to come up with something! James Taylor wrote the song while he was in London, perhaps longing for the place he called home in his childhood days. Happy memories, so strong you can see it and feel it, so real it makes you smile. When the rains come, I like to remember happy places and happy times. If you see me smile at an inappropriate time, I may have just went to Carolina in my mind! Thanks for looking!
This is another Bishop rough out from sbrownwoodcarving.com. I enjoyed carving him and tried to change him up a little from the supplied pictures. I dug the mouth out to give him a big yawn and let his hair stick out, kinda like some of Mitch Cartledge's Santas. I kept the curls on the ends of the beard and hair, but decided to give him a plaid flannel night shirt. Mark Akers demonstrated some painting techniques one night at a seminar and inspired me to try a lot of different things with painting, including plaid. I keep practicing on it anyway! Thanks for looking!
Old Lum knew he had found his sport when he heard someone talking about going "jug" fishing. But he was better at the jug part, than he was at the fishing part. Someone even tried to tell him that you're supposed tie the hook and line to the jug and throw it out into the water, but that seemed a waste of a good drink!
This is a Harold Enlow rough out that I carved on the first day in his class. I was working on it the night before i had him again and the idea came to me to give him the fishing pole. I went outside the hotel and cut the branch off a tree for his pole and added a hook and bobber for it. He was standing on enough wood to carve it into river bank. I really like the feet on him; Harold explained some of the finer points of the anatomy of the ankles and they sure look better than I usually do. More painting to do and I'll post some others. Thanks for looking!
Songs and music have the power to turn back time, to take you to places of your youth. Memories are jogged and the aches and pains fade for a bit. Me and my dog were wandering thru the park, when I heard Alice Cooper blasting out "Eighteen" on a stereo down the street. I was 18 when that was first played and it was strange how the song triggered memories of old times. It got me to thinking about the power of songs and inspired this carving of Pearl. I was at a reception and the opening notes of "Honky Tonk Women" electrified the crowd. I'm a watcher, not a dancer, but I enjoyed watching the crowd having fun. An older lady, 70's-80's maybe, was enjoying the song so much, that she slowly stood up, grabbed her daughter's husband, and drug him to the dance floor! So, I tried to capture that spirit, that energy in this old lady with her ear buds, playing a little air guitar and kicking up her heels. "...Gimme....Gimme....Gimme...the honky tonk blues!"
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I've had a few people requesting roughouts of my carvings so they can carve their own. So I thought I would try selling them and see how it works out. Right now, I just have some of my lizard cane handle and a little Santa. But if they sell good, I'll certainly add others! Thanks for looking!
I updated my store with carvings that I've did over the past year, all priced to sell! Take a look and buy yourself or a loved one something special or fun. Thanks for looking!