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carving "Thunderbolt" #11: ---Thunderbolt completed!

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Blog entry by mpounders posted 02-26-2011 07:52 AM 1426 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally finished the paint and assembly and here is the completed piece! I’m really pleased with the over all look of the piece and how it turned out, although I might make some changes in future mechanisms. The action is pretty realistic and I learned the true meaning of being “glued to the saddle”.....this cowboy would always get bucked off until the application of some glue to the seat of his pants. Here are a few pictures and a link to the video. I really appreciate everyone’s encouragement on this project!

...and here is the video!


-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com



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mahadevwood

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#1 posted 02-26-2011 07:56 AM

too awesome work buddy…..

-- http://www.mahadevwood.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 02-26-2011 08:50 AM

Cool!! If my dad were still here, he would run that for hours.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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BigTiny

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#3 posted 02-26-2011 08:58 AM

Great job, but you forgot the poor guys stirrups!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 02-26-2011 10:35 AM

He doesn’t need stirrups. He has special glue on the seat of his pants ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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littlecope

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#5 posted 02-26-2011 11:42 AM

Thunderbolt is one ornery horse!! And you’ve got an awfully determined Cowboy there!!
Great Job Mike, on both the project and the blog… Thanks for sharing the “Ride”, it was fun watching it come together…
Well Done!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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David Craig

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#6 posted 02-26-2011 03:45 PM

Great carving and mechanics. Looks like Thunderbolt would be good for the long, gentle, gallop or the rodeo. Wonderful work!

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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tdv

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#7 posted 02-26-2011 03:58 PM

The score is:- Cowboy 1 Thunderbolt nil that’s a real nice piece of work although I need to have a lay down after watching the video I’m worn out. lol
Best
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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RonPeters

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#8 posted 02-26-2011 06:02 PM

That’s the kind of thing you’d get as a kid and fondly remember the rest of your life….

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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sras

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#9 posted 02-26-2011 07:18 PM

This has been a great blog! I lost track of it and am glad to have caught up. You did a great job on the whole project – I am really impressed with your paint work!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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mpounders

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#10 posted 02-26-2011 08:37 PM

Thanks all! Big Tiny, he originally had stirrups, but he ripped them off trying to bite kid’s legs! I originally planned to put them on but couldn’t figure out a good way to get the cowboy’s legs to swing like I wanted…wanted it to look like he was spurring him on! So I decided to just eliminate them in the name of art. I did leave a few pieces off the bridle also, but my theory was to try and dazzle viewers with all the gears and such so they wouldn’t notice too many missing details!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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Roger

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#11 posted 02-27-2011 04:49 AM

well…. Giddy-Up very kool animated carving. very neat

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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~Julie~

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#12 posted 03-01-2011 03:49 AM

That is utterly amazing, the work you have done. I am just in awe of the whole piece!
WOW!!

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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