Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I decided to come back in about 8pm and work on Iron Horn a bit more. Here I am adding clay while listening to a 1940 interview. Featuring H. G. Wells when he was in his 70's and Orson Wells. Talking about the famous War of the Worlds show that played on October the 30th 1939. Just thought it was interesting so I put the whole video here, with the interview in the background.
The begining of this video you'll hear Orson Wells with the final lines from the War of the Worlds radio show. I just love it.
Final video showing Iron Horn as of the night before Halloween 2008.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Today, after getting back from Bozeman, I stopped at the local grocery store here in Ennis and saw a cowboy go into the store. What caught my eye was the great hat he was wearing.
As I walked to the store I saw his saddle in the back of his truck. I ran back to my van and grabbed my digital camera and shot these photo's.
That is a ranch jacket tied on the back of the saddle.. I may use this for a future piece. Always carry a camera.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Guess I should explain the Dragnet in my title for todays entry. I was listening to that show on Old Time Radio, XM Channel 164. I love that channel. Well at one point in my video below, the show's, Dum da dum dum, played.. at an interesting point. You'll just have to watch to see what I'm talking about. Today I worked on creating a foam filler for the Indian's shot pouch, or shooting pouch. "POSSIBLES" were kept in the shot pouch. These were small, but highly important collection of valuables the trapper or Indian kept by his side in his shooting pouch, which could mean the difference between life and death when put afoot without a rifle. Of course the Indian did have hand made weapons to fall back on.
Well that's it folks for the weekend.. Till next week.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Now I don't hunt. Never had the time to. At these hunters feeds, I've eaten everything from black bear, which is a lot like pork, to mountain lion stew. Didn't ask for seconds on that one. Alligator was not bad. Love snake meat.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Here are photo's showing how I anchored the bottom of the spear to the base of the life-size. I used screws to surround the pipe. This holds it in place. I then tape the spear to the hand to hold in place. I'll get to the spear later.
I now prepare the clay that's been softening. I cut it into smaller, and more manageable pieces. I apologize for the sound. Had the heater on, and the air from it must have been hitting the mic on the camera, distorting the sound. Here are video's of how I create the shirts bottom edge fringe.
After doing the fringe out of clay, I realized, clay could easily be damaged because it's so soft. So I had to start again by using wax. If you have any questions about the type of wax or clay I use and where I purchase it, feel free to contact me at email@example.com
Final, detailed, photo's of the fringe painted at the end of the day.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
I received, a wax that had been in storage for almost 20 years, at Valley Bronze in Oregon today. I completed the clay of this piece, Custer, on March the 15th 1987. Just thought you'd like to see the piece. Haven't had a photo of it in years.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Final bit of fringe on the lower half goes onto the left leg.
First part of next week i finish up the lower half and then comes the upper half.
Friday, October 17, 2008
My brother, Kevin, served a mission years ago in England. I met these two gentlemen a couple of weeks back at the Otterbanks Gallery and Gift Shop, while I was there working on "Ain't No Cowboy". Well they stopped by today and I made a video, so that their families and friends could see them.
I worked on the right moccasin and the bead work on the left leg today.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The last two days, I've traveled to Bozeman to the foundry there, and to Butte Montana today on buisness. On these two trips I passed right by two areas where Lewis and Clark camped in the early 1800s.
Here are Photographs of those camp sites.
This is a photo of that scenery.
Next to the above wood sign is a bronze sign as well. It's pictured in the photo above.
Here is an area north of my home, near Cardwell Montana, is another campsite that saw a few members of the Lewis and Clark expidition camped in 1806. The campsite according to the sign shown below, is on the far bank of the river, somewhere between the two buildings.
This sign is right next to the above sign. The story covers the same area shown above.
The following photos are just scenes on the way home from Cardwell Montana today. The first is of the Jefferson River. The rest are of old cabins and buildings dating back to the late 1800's and early 1900's.
A pile sand and gravel that the road department loves to spread on our icy roads. The kind that break windshields. I thought the wind shaped pile was fasinating.
The picture below is what's left of a homestead that was built by a family with the last name Lemon. Wonder if they were related. We did settle the west in the 1840's. So it could very well be.
Tomorrow I'm back on the clay. Check back tomorrow night...
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
I try one method. I tie a string onto two screws and then I measure and cut lengths of string and tie them to the string between the screws. I figure if I make a section of fringe, and then when I dip it in wax and place it on the leg it just might work.
Then I add glue to the knots.
Now here is a video, showing the method I finally came up with for making this fringe.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Lazy Stich is the style of beading. It used to be called the lazy squaw stitch. Although "squaw" is a Algonkian word (not an English word) for woman, and is a perfectly good word, it's now considered by many to be a derogatory word. So I don't use it.
You can read more about this word here http://www.nativeweb.org/pages/legal/squaw.html
So today I started the bead work on the right legging of my life size warrior. Lazy stitch is illustrated in a crude drawing I've made below.
To make my wax beads look like rows of lazy stitch, I roll a piece of clay to place down the center of an area of beads to give it a raised base. I do that on both areas that the beads will be placed.
Now I start to form the beads (refer to the last entry for method).
After I've finished arrainging beads, I use a scraper to pick up a group of them, by just putting the edge against the edge of the wax. Then I position it and then place them. Pressing them down on both sides.
After several hours, I have the two rows of beads on the leg.
Tomorrow, and I can't wait, I start putting the fringe on this leg.