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Wood Carvings by Mark Sheridan

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Building a Bar

The Vicar followed the same steps as I took in making the Admiral and the Cowboy. I gave him a little cape to bring some colour into the figure and then it was on to building the bar.

The “box” of the bar is just a solid piece of basswood. I used a dremel tool to router some inlays into the front of the bar. The top is a separate piece of hardwood and, again, I used the dremel tool to make a bit of a decorative edge.

I painted the bottom with some house latex paint that I had laying around and then added some highlights with asphaltum, burnt sienna and raw sienna. I then dusted it up a bit with some “desert sand” dry-brushing. The top of the bar got a walnut stain.

After beating it up gently with a small hammer to give everything a well-used-bar look, I put a coat of satin urethane over everything.

I still want to add some details ( like drinks for the poor fellows ), but I’m really pleased with the way it’s looking.

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The Cowboy

The next in line for this project is The Cowboy.

Again, I started with a quick clay model and then used it to make a very simple line diagram on the front and side of a block of basswood that I brought to the bandsaw to do its magic. After some roughing out with a Foredom tool equipped with a very aggressive Typhoon bit ( and, again, be careful using these ), this is what the rough-out looked like. I had already carved the head for this piece, so I just drilled an oversized hole for its placement.

The hat was created in the usual manner with the crown and brim separate so that the grain matched the strongest direction. The head is cut away to accept the brim of the hat.

Then, with knives and a few small gouges, I started adding detail. The neckerchief, gloves and vest were a must for this ranch-hand. I used a dilute coat of urethane over the entire carving to seal things up and to harden any “fuzzy” sections that I later sanded lightly away.

Yellow ochre, chocolate brown, asphaltum ( why is it so hard to get that colour at stores right now? ), midnight blue ( light washes ) and dabs of yellow ochre and raw sienna here and there gave the little guy a nice set of working clothes. The final finish was with some dry-brushing to highlight the high points of the carving followed by a satin urethane finish. I really like Lynn Doughty’s methods and, in particular, his application of the urethane…so, check out one of his tutorials on Outwestwoodcarving to get a step-by-step “how-to” on this method.

Chief Dan Turtle Rock

And, here’s my third carving finished in 2012…Chief Dan Turtle Rock.

The Chief is wearing his favourite deer skin and is proudly holding his favourite pipe.

I’ve enjoyed carving all of my caricatures this year, but I think that Chief Dan might be my favourite.  I like the proud look on his face and all of the bead work was a lot of fun to carve and paint.

I’m still just setting up this web-page and I’ll soon get some other photos of these carvings loaded up for you to see.

Chief Dan Turtle Rock

Zeke

This is Zeke…my second carving, and, as he turned out, a bank robber.

As he came together earlier this year there was some hope that he may become a sheriff protecting the loot, but his looks just didn’t lend themself to the good-guy kind.

So, off he goes with the Wells Fargo sacks of cash.

Chico and Poncho

Well, here’s my first post of my first caricature carvings.  They’ve all been carved this year and I’ve had the chance to show them at the Pickering and Ottawa carving shows where they were able to pick up a few ribbons.

I’ve actually been whittling for many years, but I only began caricature carving and attending my first carving competitions this year .  Both a lot of fun…wish I had started sooner.

I got interested in the caricatures when I saw a number of outstanding carving photos on the web and when my daughter bought me a new carving knife this time last year.

This is the first carving following the new knife and inspiration…Chico and Poncho.

You’ll notice right off that Chico is the brains and Poncho’s the muscle.  Together they’re a scary duo…just be sure to stay clear of that bone.

Poncho and Chico

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