Old Cowboy

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 02-12-2007 10:41 PM 2006 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This guy isn’t a family member, but I think he would fit into anyone’s family. He sort of reminds me of what President LBJ, would have looked like in his later years.
This is an extra deep relief carving, Thats why I’m showing the three views. This is carved in Big Tooth Aspen, one of the varieties growing in MN. It has a nicer grain figure than the regular Aspen. I guess the reason they call it Big Tooth is their leaves have a sawtooth edge. I like it for carving, it’s great for fine detail, I think it’s just as good as Basswood.
It’s size: 4 1/2” X 7”

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#1 posted 02-13-2007 12:34 AM

Dick – I really like this piece! He seems to almost spring ou of the wood and the wood grain suites his character. I also appreciated the way you photographed this project on a contrasting black background. Very nice work!


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#2 posted 02-13-2007 12:43 AM

Another fine piece, Dick.

Dick on the subject of wood for carving, I was in the Gaspe Peninsula two years ago and one of the delights of that trip was to stop in at a number of carving studios. We purchased the traditional old couple in the rocking chair carvings. (I will post pictures if you like) .

The wood looks very much like the basswood you show us. Do you know if it is this that is used in that region?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 02-13-2007 01:36 AM

Thanks Guys. Don’s quote _(I will post pictures if you like) Go ahead Don,
Where is the Gaspe Peninsula ? I imagine the carvings you bought were Basswood. That a real popular wood. This Cowboy is Aspen. I’m kind of a weird carver, I try almost any wood I get my hands on, & I’m always carving something different. I think of myself as a constant learner, so if I stuck to one thing I could be a better carver, but a bored carver.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 02-13-2007 02:54 AM

Looks like a good old boy to me!

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#5 posted 02-13-2007 02:34 PM

this is great. The “old cowboy” is a happy cowboy—I bet he didn’t live his life being bored either!!
I’m the same way; sometimes I think it is a curse and other times a gift.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 02-14-2007 05:12 AM

Dick, both of your recent carvings (and others I’ve seen), have inspired me! I’ve been thinking of venturing into carving for a long time and I’m going to start looking for chisels and making chips! thanks for sharing these!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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