"Turkey Joe"

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Project by mpounders posted 09-06-2010 01:01 AM 2179 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another cowboy, inspired by Lynn Doughty’s work and methods of work. The movie “Crossfire Trail” was recently on TV and I am a big fan of Louis Lamour books. Since I had already tried a Tom Selleck caricature, I decided to do one based on one of the sidekicks, played by Wilford Brimley. The character had a large mustache and a big feather in his hat. Not much of a resemblance to Wilford, but I like the way he turned out. I made the base out of cherry and I wanted to try one similar to the base Lynn used on his “Poncho” carving. I exaggerated the size of the kneckerchief and thought that it would be neat to have the knot and ends hanging down in the back. The hat turned out a little better than my first two, and I like the look of the turkey feather. Comments and advice are always appreciated! Thanks for looking.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 09-06-2010 01:07 AM

Mike… this guy has LOADS of character! You did an outstanding job with the carving and also with the pigmentation. What size is this?

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#2 posted 09-06-2010 01:09 AM

That is an awesome carving Mike! I have to agree with Spoontaneous, it has loads of character.

Love it!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#3 posted 09-06-2010 01:14 AM

MAN, that is super sweet!!! Very nice details and you can still see the wood grain.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 09-06-2010 01:21 AM

Great One Mike! He looks real cool.
He does have alot of character!
Great work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 09-06-2010 01:34 AM

The feather in the hat is killer. Very cool character! Nice project…............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 09-06-2010 01:42 AM

Sir you are a MASTER!!!! Wow, way beyond words!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 09-06-2010 01:47 AM

that is just awsome..i am a fan of wilford and love that movie..cross fire trail… did a masterful job on this..thanks for sharing it with us…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 09-06-2010 02:20 AM

Outstanding carving! Love the character you gave him!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 09-06-2010 02:20 AM

Dude, that’s so full of life and character! I love it!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#10 posted 09-06-2010 03:42 AM

ha ha hes a great carving super work

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

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#11 posted 09-06-2010 05:01 AM

Very impressive carving. Beautifully done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 09-06-2010 07:06 AM

Love the feather it really adds to it.
When are you going to do his horse??? :-)

-- Theresa,

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#13 posted 09-06-2010 10:55 AM

Outta sight!

What wood did you use for the carving? What tools?

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

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#14 posted 09-06-2010 02:21 PM

Gotta love that guy! He has more character then we could ever hope to have. Great job.
I’m curious also about what wood you used on the carving.

-- John @

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#15 posted 09-06-2010 03:40 PM

All I can say is WOW!!!!!!!!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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