"Catching a Ride"

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Project by mpounders posted 01-17-2014 05:18 AM 1508 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

That action might have required a rope not many years back! This cowboy is from a Roger Stegal roughout I’ve had for over a year, waiting on me, I suppose. I decided to leave him unpainted. His face reminds me of someone, but I can’t quite place him. If you recognize him, please give me a hint! Thanks for looking.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 01-17-2014 05:52 AM

Another great piece with much expression. I notice you don’t usually leave them unpainted.

In most of your posts you use the phrase “roughout” that comes from someone else. Can you tell me what that refers to?? Thanks much…...................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 01-17-2014 09:58 AM

It’s always a pleasure to see your work. Great job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 01-17-2014 11:30 AM

Looks a bit like Walter Matthau to me. He used to get a look on his face kind of like that. I’ve had the hankering to do one of these cowboy caricatures…. a design that has been stuck in my head for quite a spell. But I am terrible at doing faces. You on the other hand…. do an outstanding job.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#4 posted 01-17-2014 12:19 PM

A gr8 cowboy look about him.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 01-17-2014 03:21 PM

Thanks all! Redryder, there are several stages that most “in-the-round” carvings go through. They usually all start with a rectangular piece of wood. For smaller carvings, it is easy to just cut off the parts you don’t want with a knife. But depending on the design of the carving, it can be more efficent to use a bandsaw to cut off un-necessary wood from either side or fron profiles. Or both. This creates what is referred to as a blank. When you round off the corners from the blank and start roughly shaping the location of major elements such as the head, arms, legs, hat, you are roughing it out, sometimes referred to as blocking it out. There is still a lot of carving to be done and opportunities for personal interpretation, but most of the preparation work has been done. Instructors use roughouts a lot in classes, so that everyone starts at the same place and can get to more of the detailed work quicker. It is also a way for instructors to make a little more money. It does limit your creativity, but it is a valuable learning tool and I have used them to try and improve my techniques and skills in different areas. Plus, they can be quick and a lot of fun! Carvings from roughouts are not considered to be original pieces of art and are not allowed in competitions, unless there is a specific category for them. The same is true for carvings produced in classes or with instructor assistance. I want to make sure that I always give credit to those that I try to emulate, the ones that I’m still learning from!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#6 posted 01-17-2014 07:27 PM

You always manage to add real character to your work Mike, another beautie :)

I’d probably also go with Watler M

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 01-17-2014 07:42 PM

Your carving of George is excellent! Another great job.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#8 posted 01-18-2014 06:47 AM

Thanks for the explanation. But, Carvings from roughouts are not considered to be original pieces of art
I think your opportunities for personal interpretation would definately put your work in the art catagory.

Keep up the good work. Love your web site. I’ll be watching for more…....................

-- mike...............

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#9 posted 01-18-2014 07:30 AM

Nice caricature Mike! He kind of reminds me of Walter Brennan. Old stumpy or when he was The Real McCoys!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#10 posted 01-20-2014 07:59 PM

I wish I have talent in wood carving! You totally nailed it. Very well executed – from big to tiny details. Well done.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#11 posted 01-21-2014 02:55 AM

Walter Matthau ?

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