Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Hickory cane with burled root handle and leaf/floral pattern

I finished carving most of the major elements and have started the woodburning to see if it's going to look like what I see in my head! The combination of relief carving and pyrography seems to work well with the leatherwork designs, but it sure takes a lot of work. My hands cramped up pretty bad after a few hours of work. But it is looking pretty good, despite my lack of pyrography experience. You can find some more pictures here:
Hickory Cane in progress

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Congratulations to Myron!

Myron's entry was selected as the winning Quigley. I has his picked also as being one of the best. He had a tremendous amount of detail and everything about his carving, from base to rifle, was perfect. Oh well, means I get to try again! I am now working on cane with some floral and leaf patterns from and old leather working book I had. It is out of what I sus pect is Hickory. I am posting some pictures of what I have completed so far, in my gallery.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

OutWest Gallery "Quigley Challenge" Carving Contest

Finally! All the entries are finally in and it's all over but the judging. The suspense has been killing me, but all the entries are in and Lynn Doughty posted them on his web site (see the link to the left). So, now I can post the photos of my carving that I entered. Of the 40-50 people around the world who signed up, 26 completed and entered carvings, but the winner has still not been chosen. I think mine turned out well, but I can see entries by others who definitely have more experience and a lot more knowledge of carving cowboys. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed, but I wouldn't be upset to lose to some of these guys! I tried to focus on the things that I though I could execute the best, instead of trying to add arms and hands and guns and stuff that I have never attempted before. The details some of these guys have added are really amazing! Be sure to check out the photos to the left. There are additional photos of my carving in my photo gallery. As always, thanks for looking!