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Blog entry by mpounders posted 04-08-2011 06:40 AM 1038 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used to do woodburning with a single temperature pen, similar to a soldering iron, that I purchased at a hobby store. I had some success with it and you can create some nice stuff with it, but that is probably due more to the talent of the user than the quality of the tool! Pyrographis technology has improved since then and after a lot of reading, I decided to spend $130 on a variable temperature unit with a replaceable tip pen. Wow! Tremendous difference, like going from crayons to pen and ink! The details and effects you can get with just a few tips is pretty amazing.

On some pieces, I use it for a lot of shading and other purposes. But for caricatures, I use it to outline areas to prevent paint from bleeding and also as a “hot” knife. I can burn fine lines and patterns like the beaded areas and the veins on the feathers with more detail and definition than I can with gouges or knives.

Even though they will be painted over, you will still see the subtle patterns beneath the paint. I need to finish up a few details, like straps and such, and may add some ermine tails and a medicine bag, before I start putting the paint on.

Hopefully, I can get started painting him this weekend! Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 04-08-2011 07:26 AM

You do some very fine work Mike!!!

Thanks for doing this blog.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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Rob W

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#2 posted 04-08-2011 02:13 PM

He is already awesome! I look forward to seeing him painted.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#3 posted 04-08-2011 04:05 PM

I love the detail that you are adding. Looks like he could start dancing at any moment.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 04-08-2011 04:19 PM

sweet work looks great

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#5 posted 04-08-2011 04:21 PM

Wow Mike another masterpiece. I’ve learned so much following your blogs. Keep them coming.

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#6 posted 04-08-2011 05:10 PM

Your talents are amazing. I really appreciate you taking the time to post this blog. I have been enjoying it so much. This little guy is so cool.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#7 posted 04-09-2011 02:27 PM

very much coming to life.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 04-09-2011 03:37 PM

Truely Amazing work. I would love to do an Indian woodcarving one day.

-- Sheryl---IA

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#9 posted 04-10-2011 04:49 AM

Thanks everyone for your comments and encouragement. I did end up adding a couple of ermine tails hanging down in the back and I made the handstrap for the shield out of some copper sheeting. I’m still trying to decide if he needs something more in the front, maybe a medicine bag hangingfrom his belt. It seems a little plain around the waist, to me.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#10 posted 04-10-2011 05:07 AM

Very nice work. I especially like the propeller on his butt. Oh, those are feathers. Even nicer. I admire you carvers, your work is exceptional.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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