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Project by MichaelA posted 12-21-2010 05:06 AM 1718 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This carving is another Elm round.White man runs him (Mahr-Itah-Thee-Dah-Ka-Roosh) was a crow scout for George Armstrong Custer. 1876 Battle of the Litttle Big Horn.White Man Runs Him is also known as White Buffalo That Turns Around.
The only survivors were the Sioux,Cheyennes and a few of Custer’s scouts.American history has a big difference of what they say happened and what the eye witnesses say. Interesting that Custer’s own scouts validate what Sitting Bull recalled happened.The crow scouts that survived were Hairy Moccasin,Curly,Goes Ahead,and White Man Runs Him. Goes Ahead and White Man Runs Him tried to explain to Custer that even if you added all the ammunition that his troops had,there were still thousands more to come.White Man Runs Him lived to be a old man and lives close to where the battle took place.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"





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Bearpie

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#1 posted 12-21-2010 05:27 AM

I love the grains on this wood, gives great character to the face, almost like warpaint! Awesome job on this.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Jordan

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#2 posted 12-21-2010 07:18 AM

I agree with Erwin, the grains make this character very rustic looking.

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shipwright

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#3 posted 12-21-2010 08:01 AM

Done it again Michael, very nice work.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#4 posted 12-21-2010 08:41 AM

Excellent work. The grain below his right eye reminds me of when I was a kid and there was commercial against pollution and had a crying Native American.. love the history tid bits as well.. thank you.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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MichaelA

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#5 posted 12-21-2010 09:08 AM

Thanks for your comments.When I was carving this piece,the grain kept flowing and it seemed
like I spilled water on his face.I just figured like Debbie said dont try to control it.Just let it be.
So he looks like someone spilled water on him.EP it does look like a tear,but also in real life he had a scar running from under his right eye to his nose.Thanks again lumberjocks.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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Heidi Neely

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#6 posted 12-21-2010 09:29 AM

This is so cool! I totally agree with what everyone has said so far about the grain….totally adds to the feel of this piece! It also helps that you’re a kick a$$ carver ; )

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#7 posted 12-21-2010 01:37 PM

Wow!....^^ What she said. You sir have some mad skills. Very nice

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#8 posted 12-21-2010 03:24 PM

as usual beautiful work,keep them coming.was the round dry ?

-- jim nevada

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#9 posted 12-21-2010 03:50 PM

Wow! Simply flat out Cool! Michael there is no doubt you have some serious skills on that end. I really love the subject chosen on this one personally. I grew up with an friend who is full blood Choctaw Indian. I was always amazed with their history and language. So much so that I learned a bit of it so I could go to his Grandmothers home in Oklahoma and be able to communicate with the old timers in their language. I forgot most of it through the years, but I do remember one word that works….

Pis-chook-ma (sp*) which simply is “Beautiful”

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 12-21-2010 03:52 PM

This is a wonderful carving and a nice story to go with it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#11 posted 12-21-2010 03:55 PM

This is a great carving and the story is one that is ever intriguing.

I live in Billings, MT and my barber has stories passed down of his family fighting Custer. It is amazing how recent it all seems when living here compared to where I grew up in Ohio.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Rob W

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#12 posted 12-21-2010 05:00 PM

Great job

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!, http://www.witzkewood.com

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MichaelA

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#13 posted 12-21-2010 05:27 PM

Thanks all of you and Glynn the rounds had been dried but were sitting in a firewood pile
and had some moisture in them but most of the cracks were already formed and obvious.
I find if I coat the round with pre-stain then howards beeswax when each day after Iam done carving
it seems to set the grain up.I do this mainly as I approach the detail on eyes,mouth,brows,secondary
planes.Maveric sure is very eye opening to hear the other side of the story.The Native Americans
hand down the stories of history from generation to generation.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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mtnwild

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#14 posted 12-21-2010 06:55 PM

That is so much more interesting with the story. I don’t know how you display your pieces, but the story with each piece would be cool. Really helps to personalize the image and keep history alive.
So many bad things have happened to the Native Americans. They lived in hard times. They fought each other, then the white man came.
I try and think of the good parts. Living wild and free. Natures law. Well, good, being relative. Still not easy but, real. Maybe it’s all in my mind. Hunting, trapping, fighting and enjoying life. The good fight.
Cool man…...............................

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

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#15 posted 12-22-2010 01:51 PM

Very nice.

-- Jiri

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