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  • Camptown Racetrack Bay (horse bust)

    Finally finished the horse bust. When I started this piece I had in mind the old song \\\\\\\"Camptown Racetrack\\\\\\\" with the line \\\\\\\"....bet my money on the bob-tail nag, somebody bet on the bay.\\\\\\\" So my frien\\\\\\\'s allow me to introduce the \\\\\\\"Camptown Bay\\\\\\\".

    The carving is about a foot tall and painted with watercolor. I had an interesting experience when I sanded it down and prepared to paint. I placed the carving on the base and was carrying it across a tile floor to show Diana. I strongly recommend assuring that all dust is removed between the carving and the base when carrying it. Yep, slipped off, bounced about 10 feet across the tiles. Diana\\\\\\\'s screams of alarm had changed to more colorful language describing my intelligence ─ when I found that one of the ears had broken off. It was a clean break and easily repaired with 2-part epoxy. Someday, I am convinced, I will be able to pick up a carving without being admonished!

    Anyway, I wanted to carry through with the Camptown Racetrack theme and eventually settled on a piece of black walnut, rescued from firewood bin, to use for the base. The horseshoe was found here on the ranch. Diana\\\\\\\'s grandfather had horses/mules in the first half of the 1900\\\\\\\'s. It must have fallen off the hoof as most of the nails were still in the shoe. However, I could not get old nails to work, so bought new horseshoe nails. They only sell them in boxes of 100, I needed two ─ guess I am ready to carve 48 more horses! I did learn that \\\\\\\"Absorbent Ground\\\\\\\" works in preparing metal to receive paint and was able to paint the new nails to look old.

    This is actually my trial run for the horse bust. I have another roughed out in this same pattern. It is butternut and will not be painted. I am even going to attempt foregoing burning the mane and just use stones. I am at a loss for the eyes on the butternut piece. I do not like the Greco-Roman and \\\\\\\"Little Orphan Annie\\\\\\\" look. Ah well, will have to cross that bridge at some future date.

    Currently I have several pieces underway: bear walking through snow, bust of a white-tail doe, peregrine falcon on the side of a cliff, and a stylized hawk bust in wild cherry ─ all sitting around/on my work table. Then there is the barn owl ─ carved, feathers burned in, needing only the legs and feet. But, looked around and found that there are a lot of my carvings in here. So, I decided to carve the wings off and replace them with inserts. It will be mounted on a beam in the living room, wings spread along the front of the beam, as if it is ready to swoop on whomever is sitting below it.
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    Re: Camptown Racetrack Bay (horse bust)

    That turned out very nice! Now for horse 2 through 48...

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    • #3
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      Good job Paul,like the way you presented it . Merle

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      • #4
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        Good to see you are still posting.
        Carve On,
        Kadiddle

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        • #5
          Re: Camptown Racetrack Bay (horse bust)

          I agree. I also like your presentation. Well done project.

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            It will be mounted on a beam in the living room, wings spread along the front of the beam, as if it is ready to swoop on whomever is sitting below it. hope it does not slip from the beam . I really like your horse bust and mounting. Every thing seems to be proportioned correctly. Good Job. . . JoeB
            . . .JoeB

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            • #7
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              Very nice, Paul! Would you be so kind as to post a head-on picture?
              Arthur

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              • #8
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                Great carving Paul, and nice presentation. Thank goodness you didn\'t do too much damage to it.
                Terry

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                • #9
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                  nice the way you have the muscle tone into it
                  looks good all around
                  Denny

                  photos at........ http://wiscoden.jimdo.com/

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                  • #10
                    Re: Camptown Racetrack Bay (horse bust)

                    Nice work! I like the addition of the horseshoe.

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                    • #11
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                      Joe, I was remiss in not offering a little more information about my intentions for the barn owl. The kitchen/dining/living area of our house is one large room. Two \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"beams\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" cross the room and serve as raceways for electric, gas, and water lines.

                      The top of the beam is open and the black walnut facia extends a couple of inches above a 2x4. The light wood on the front of the beam is basswood ─ that someday I intend to use for relief/pyrography. So many carvings in the planning and so little time!

                      What I plan for the barn owl is to carve away the wings I have on there and to notch the belly so that the black walnut appears to go up into the feathers. I have the wood blocks that will be wing inserts ready for the band saw. I will insert them into the body of the owl (which will be tilted forward and downward) so that they are spread over the face of the beam. I will use dowel pins to attach the carving to the 2x4 hidden behind the beam.

                      My goal is for the owl to appear to be in the act of launching itself into a swoop on the person sitting below.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Camptown Racetrack Bay (horse bust)

                        Arthur, here are some photos from the front and rear. Where are you located along the Mighty Mississip? I was raised on the banks of the Red River in Rapides Parish.
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                        • #13
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                          Paul, hope do not think that I was being critical of your owl, just jerking your chain over dropping your horse, Not that I have ever done something like that .

                          Your idea for posing your owl sounds just great. I sure with your detail, when someone comes into your home, I\'ll bet they will be ducking. Thumbs Up. . .JoeB
                          . . .JoeB

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                          • #14
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                            Joe, As I read the responses, I realized that what I said about the owl did not explain things. I re-posted to try and explain how I intended to pose the owl rather than how I intended to attach it. I enjoy your posts and responses. You are right, I intend for some reaction from guests!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Camptown Racetrack Bay (horse bust)

                              Originally posted by Paul_Guraedy View Post
                              Arthur, here are some photos from the front and rear. Where are you located along the Mighty Mississip? I was raised on the banks of the Red River in Rapides Parish.
                              Thanks, Paul. Beautiful work.

                              I live in Port Allen, right across the river from Baton Rouge, less than two blocks from the levee. You must have been near Alexandria (aka \"Elec\" ).
                              Arthur

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