So, for about a year, I've been carving a lot of rough outs that have been designed by other carvers and it has been a lot of fun and educational too! I have put my own touch on most of those and I have carved a few Santas and other little things that were all my own, but I've been wanting to do more of my own designs. I can do some pretty decent faces, but I've worried a bit about full figures, and getting the right look and movement I want. I decided to start working with sculpted models, to get my forms like I want them, out of a polymer clay that can be baked in the oven. Then, I can take that model and make my rough out and carve that with all the details! What a plan, huh? It has been a learning process, but I got this one finished and will use it to rough out a block of wood. I'll use a router duplicator to roughly shape a 4x4x12 inches block of wood down to rough dimensions and then carve the rest. Hopefully, that part will go smoothly also. Thanks for looking!
.....because he grins like one! When someone smiles at you, it's difficult not to smile back! This is another carving from Renegade 2014, a rough out from Rich Weatherbee. I didn't know much about Rich and his carvings before the seminar, but he was a good instructor and shared his famous "Diamond Eye" method for doing eyes. I just couldn't pass this guy up, so many different things I haven't though about before. Rich was a lot of fun to carve with and is a pretty good musician also! Thanks for looking!
It sure is a lot of fun carving a Gary Falin rough out! The designs are always great, but I really enjoy discovering all the little details he puts in his work; they inspire me to add my own touches and I try to combine things from several of his carvings. It is really a treat to see his stuff in person and his paint work is pretty amazing also. I combined some of the paint schemes from several versions he's carved of this guy. And I painted his coffee cup like the one I drink from every morning! Thanks for looking!
I've finally got this one carved and ready for paint. This is from a Gary Falin rough out, called "Wake Up". I really get into carving his designs, there seem to be so many little details, either in his original or the ones that come up as I carve. He told me the hand with the cup would be challenging and it was! It is a separate piece that is carved and attached, but it really had a lot of wood to carve down to make it match the other hand. Hopefully I can get it painted and posted before the weekend. Thanks for looking!
"A man's caliber is more important than his stature."
I'm still trying to catch up and complete all the carvings I started at the Renegade! This little guy was from Chris Hammack's class. I believe I need more practice carving firearms! I knew it would give me trouble, but I like to pick rough outs that challenge me. Always something more to learn, I reckon. Chris did say that he goes more for humor than he does for realism, and it is a funny looking gun for sure! Chris is a good instructor and is always cracking jokes, so the class is a lot of fun. You can pick up a lot by listening and observing, even while he helps others. Thanks for looking!
I've been asked several times by customers about adding a little diversity to my carvings, particularly Santas. So when I saw this P.J. Driscoll rough out at the Renegade, I figured it might help improve my carvings a bit. PJ is an excellent instructor and I am pleased with how this turned out. He has a certain dignity about him (the carving, not PJ). I added the beaded hat band after admiring the beadwork on many of Gary Falin's carvings. Thanks for looking!
This is the completed bar scene inspired by the roughouts of Chris Hammack. I've been working on these on and off for over a year and just completed it this weekend. The Town Pump was/is a local bar that we visited a lot for lunch. It was always filled with smoke, but the food was great and the after-work beer was always cold. I don't recall seeing women this young or attractive, and I'm pretty sure they didn't have a margarita machine either! The old owner retired and the menu and atmosphere had changed the last time I visited there. But this could be a scene from any number of bars, past and present. Thanks for looking!