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  • Soggy
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    Mountainman in the makin\\\'

    I carved a mountainman a couple of weeks ago, with the intention of giving him away at a black powder rendezvous that I hope to attend later this summer. Well I had the opportunity to sell that one so I\\\'m about to start another similar one and thought I\\\'d post a few pictures along the way.
    As some of you may recognize I use a lot of the methods and techniques that Lynn Doughty showed us here on the forum a few years ago. That and some tricks that I have picked up from others too numerous to count and a few of my own.......
    First I drew up the pattern ;...I use cereal boxes for this .... Next , a trip out to the workshop and make the cutouts on my bandsaw. This fellow is going to be approx. 9\\\" tall.
    I usually carve the head of my characters first and this gives me a sense of what the finished fellow will look like (just my way of doing things)
    So this is what I have accomplished to date:....... I will spend the next couple of weeks completing this project and will try to post progress pictures along the way.
    I have already had to adjust what I had hoped to be the final look; my plans were to have his powderhorn on his right side hanging below his elbow, but I noticed a blemish (the only one ) exactly where the neck of the horn would be after I did the cut-out, so now his horn will be on his left side. This isn\'t the first time that I have \"adjusted\" something as I progressed, and that\'s what I like about carving; you just let things evolve .....
    Stay tuned;
    Wayne
    Wayne
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  • Soggy
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    Originally posted by Tinwood View Post
    He turned out great Wayne. Is that a \\\"bear\\\" trap or a \\\"bare\\\" trap in his hand? Hehe

    Tinwood
    ... lol ..that\'s a Nova Scotia mosquito trap........we grow \'em big out here on the coast...

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  • sappy
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    Nice carving, I like the hatchet, great detail!

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  • Tinwood
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    He turned out great Wayne. Is that a \"bear\" trap or a \"bare\" trap in his hand? Hehe

    Tinwood

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  • joepaulbutler
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    Well, I am @#$%&@ glad you did . Well done sir. Lots of good character details, I was draw to the eyes.
    . . . JoeB

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  • Soggy
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    Just when I was starting to feel good about this forum, the demons seemed to have surfaced again. I spent 15 - 20 minutes composing some text and attaching 5 pictures of the finished project only to hit the \\\\\\\"submit: button and send the message off into who knows where...#$*&%$#
    I\\\\\\\'ll try ONCE more............
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  • Soggy
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    Today\\\\\\\'s progress.........Burned in the highlights, a light sanding with the Sand-O-Flex ,and have glued his right arm in place. Once the glue sets up I will do a bit of fine tuning where his arm meets his body and then he\\\\\\\'ll be ready for painting.
    I have tried different things to hold the arms in place until the glue dries and have found disposable tourniquets to be very effective for this step. It doesn\\\'t hurt that I have a paramedic as a good friend to supply me with them..........

    Wayne
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  • Soggy
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    Originally posted by bowinhand View Post
    Looking great can not wait to see him burnt and finished. Coon skin cap is a nice touch. Did you use Lynns method for putting the hat on?
    Yes that is right, I use basically the same methods as Lynn does. In my opinion it looks more realistic if the hat fits down over the head, instead of just sitting on top of the head. Most of the characters that I carve are wearing a baseball type hats and I use that method on them. I think it will work on almost any type of headgear.

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  • Nomad
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    That will be the best prize at the ronnyvoo! Nice work and thanks for the step-by-step.

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  • bowinhand
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    Looking great can not wait to see him burnt and finished. Coon skin cap is a nice touch. Did you use Lynns method for putting the hat on?

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  • Tinwood
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    Great stuff there Wayne, you even got the hatchet incorporated which was a nice touch. Well done.

    Tinwood

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  • joepaulbutler
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    Boy , what a guy can get done with no interruptions (the wife is not around hopefully). Anyway locking good. You know, all the talk about the Sand-O-Flex, I kept locking for one in the hardware stores and they all though I was a little off, I found it on the internet, but I was not excited about it be plastic housing. I happen to stumble on a older metal one on E-Bay. got it bought and home for about $10 less than the plastic ones. I can see why people like them.

    Well enough jaw, will be watch for further advancements.
    . . .JoeB

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  • Dan Wegiel
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    Looking great!!!

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  • Soggy
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    Well got the lawn mowed so I\\\'m allowed to carve again.....
    He\\\'s just about ready for the burner now, I\\\'ll clean-up some of the cuts and burn in the highlights, then a light sanding with the Sand-o-flex and he\\\'ll be ready for some paint.
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  • sappy
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    Looking good...!

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