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Saturday, September 22, 2012

"The Dude" cowboy log carving by Turrell

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I just finished my cowboy log carving. It has taken more time then I imagined, but it has been a lot of fun. I plan on continuing with my carving. The physicality of it is very satisfying. I currently have a book cover commission, so my sights will be set on completing that before I choose another wood sculpture project.

He is freshly oiled, and will not be as glossy when the oil dries. He will have a nice tasteful satin finish when he is dry. This carving smells so good; the oils in my finish recipe along with the smell of pine are great.

His final measurements are: Height - 4' feet, Shoulder -14" wide, Base - 20" wide.


 Click this photo to see his whole face...

I spent the most time on his face and hands. The pine log,
 that I cut myself from fallen timber on private land, was
very wet when I started this project nine months ago, and
 dried throughout the process of carving. I used a chainsaw
 to rough him out, and some electric tools to remove
 excess material. I worked a lot with traditional chisels
 and gouge chisels large and small. I even used a small
 ax at some stages of the wood sculpture.

I did some hand sanding with fine grit paper to give it a
 velvety feel, even though it is still very textured on its surface.

I am not a "country" type of a person. If you knew me,
 you might wonder why I chose this subject matter and
 spent nine months chipping away at "The Dude", as I like to call him.

Well, I've got no answer for you.

 He fits the medium, and I just wanted to test myself.
My hope is he finds a home where he is appreciated and cared for.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Update: 4' Cowboy Carving

He is coming along. You can see the texture created by the gouge chisels. He still stands 4' tall. The amount of shavings that have come off this pine log is amazing.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Landscape painting: windy cove

 This is a recent oil on canvas painting that is roughly 12" x 18"


This is a close-up shot of the texture of the canvas and the character of my paint strokes.

Monday, January 16, 2012

shot of the "cowboy" torso and a few of my chisels


This log is about 4' tall and about 24" in diameter. You can see how he is "emerging" from the large amounts of wood I have to remove.  My sculpture chisels are pictured above. I have to keep them razor sharp for them to be effective.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Just started: Cowboy carving

I'm just starting this four foot carving. I haul it in and out of my studio, depending on the weather, to work on it.  Worse case scenario...it becomes fire wood!

Experiment - log carving


I decided I wanted to "create" in a more physical way.  I'm still painting, but using chainsaws, sanders, and chisels is fun too!

I went out and cut sixteen 4' pine logs and hauled them to my house to try out my carving idea. This steelhead (44" tall) is my first one. I stained it with high quality oil stain, and finished it off with a coat of my oil painting medium (sun thickened linseed oil, venice turpentine, and damar varnish).