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  • #16
    Wow, Scott, really nice job on this post and the one before it. What type of finish? I like the detail and the beard and hair are especially nice for wood spirits. The little guys should be proud.
    Bill
    Living among knives and fire.

    http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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    • #17
      Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post
      Wow, Scott, really nice job on this post and the one before it. What type of finish? I like the detail and the beard and hair are especially nice for wood spirits. The little guys should be proud.
      Thank you for the kind words! I have been mainly playing around with amber shellac and both the natural and dark brown wax. For the eyes I have been using Acrylic white and the wood burner for everything else. The cigar was a piece of a chopstick, but I probably should have used my knife on the outside a little bit more to pull the finish off of the chopstick before gluing it in place. The lit end of the cigar was an experiment of red felt pen, pencil lead, and some orange colored pencil.

      So far this has been very fun. As soon as I do a couple more little guys and a couple of busts, I am hoping to tackle something more substantial. Maybe an old sea captain or a hillbilly. I should also probably post in the work in progress section...I think. Anyway, thanks for the feedback!

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      • #18
        Chopstick? I've used kabobs from the dollar store also. Anything that works is great. I paint the ends red and then a spot of gray on the very end...to look like ash. Seems OK.

        Doug Linker does a figure based on a simple sea captain that was in Tom Hindes 5 minute wizard. It is actually the wizard but if you look at his video there is a sea captain on the shelf. I used regular square stock and just worked the back. Maybe I adapted it...just can't remember, but you will see to modify the basics into numerous styles. It is very simple and not as detailed as some others, for instance, like Mike Shipley's Here is the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlIr95-ZlCc
        Bill
        Living among knives and fire.

        http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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        • #19
          Updated this little guy today

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          • #20
            Wow, Scott great piece and the pipe is a like a McArthur corn cob type...great. I usually add a touch of orange or red to the top of the bowl to indicate burning. A nice carving you should be very proud to have done.
            Bill
            Living among knives and fire.

            http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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            • #21
              A few more updates. Refigured the beards, added smoking materials. I have to add some red yet when they are dry. I’ve got another little guy that’s drying to. I’ll post him when finished. Thanks for the comments. Much appreciated!

              P.S. This started as a practice stick. I have a couple more I hope to turn into full Santas. This one has room for one more figure on it. Now that I see the pics I can see some mistakes that need to be fixed.
              Last edited by Scott78; 08-22-2019, 02:19 PM.

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              • #22
                I'm partial to accenting the carvings with a pipe, cigar, or even a cigarette. Just seems to bring them to life. You did an excellent job and the "stubby" cigar is also a nice addition. All are nicely done Scott. Don't stare too much or too long for mistakes because most people won't notice them. I certainly make my share...
                Bill
                Living among knives and fire.

                http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post
                  I'm partial to accenting the carvings with a pipe, cigar, or even a cigarette. Just seems to bring them to life. You did an excellent job and the "stubby" cigar is also a nice addition. All are nicely done Scott. Don't stare too much or too long for mistakes because most people won't notice them. I certainly make my share...
                  Thank you for your encouragement. I’m learning that going over the same area a lot is not a good thing cause it seems to create more fuzziness and other problems.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Scott78 View Post

                    Thank you for your encouragement. I’m learning that going over the same area a lot is not a good thing cause it seems to create more fuzziness and other problems.
                    Yep, I fall into the same rut and it seems a clean simple cut is better than trying to hack it to death by overworking it...
                    Bill
                    Living among knives and fire.

                    http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                    • #25
                      Seems we all have the same problem of never leaving well enough alone. Always have to make ONE MORE change and then sit there and wonder "why in the h*^^ did I do that??"

                      Tinwood

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                      • #26
                        Working on this guy this morning:

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                        • #27
                          Roughout Scott or from a pattern?
                          Bill
                          Living among knives and fire.

                          http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post
                            Roughout Scott or from a pattern?
                            Neither. I received a piece of wood that had been started ( I don’t know what as) and glued a block on top for the hat. I took a pic of Alan Hale Sr. from a Randolph Scott movie off the tv and have been working with that image in my mind. The hat is Gus style, which I have in my closet. The rest was just drawn on and cut from memory. It’s what I have been working up to. I’m real fond of cowboy carvings.
                            Last edited by Scott78; 08-23-2019, 03:08 PM.

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                            • #29
                              Wow, a great start and the hat is nice...can't wait to see where you go with it.
                              Bill
                              Living among knives and fire.

                              http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                              • #30
                                Looking good, sharpen the point and getter done
                                . . .JoeB

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