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Clydesdale Horse, Black Walnut, with Rotating Base

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 08-26-2006 09:34 PM 6398 views 3 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used a pattern in Chip Chats Magazine, by Mary Duke Guldan.

The carving started out as four 3/4” Black Walnut cut on the bandsaw, & glued up.
The finish is thinned polyurethane rubbed in.

The base of red oak is my design, it rotates on a small size lazy suzan hardware, with the power of a Music box movement. (Eidelweis)

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1





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Mark A. DeCou

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#1 posted 08-29-2006 08:59 PM

Man I love this horse. I could see you doing a whole series of different breeds of horses. I like the color contrast, and making it into a music box is an outstanding idea. You are an amazing carver. I wish I could do what you are able to do with a knife. I have wanted to be a carver since I watched an old man carve a boot with a pocket knife while sitting under a tree in the shade. I think I was 8 or 9 years old then.

If you like carving figures like this, a place close to me in Wichita, KS has a roughout making business. What you get is a nice chunk of basswood that has been roughed out to the approximate shape of the item you select. You can then carve all of the details. What this saves, is finding a photo and converting from a photo to a rough shape. They have been in business for many years. I have visited the shop, and they are also nice people. I bought a figure about 12-14 years ago of a standing cowboy, someday, I will get it finished!

here is their website:
http://www.roughouts.com/index.htm

Mark

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 08-30-2006 03:12 PM

Thanks Mark,
I’m kind of like you, for many years I’d look at someones carvings at craft shows. I thought gee, I wish I could do that. So one day I picked up a set of carving chisels, & took a stab at it, & found that I could do it. I wished that I tried this many years earlier, although I’ve been seriously carving for over 30 years now. Before that I was always carving something with a jacknife with poor results. I have never taken any lessons. The only thing that I regret is that I can’t draw very well, but I’m pretty good at tracing things. The first book I ever purchased was by Harold Enlow, “Carving Driftwood Figures.

It is because of the “Grace of God” that I have this talent.

Thanks for the website.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Roger

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#3 posted 09-16-2006 01:57 PM

Nice work.

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#4 posted 09-16-2006 04:21 PM

Nice sculpture! The horse’s nature really shows in your carving.

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#5 posted 09-17-2006 02:57 PM

that really is an excellant job in carving. I like the idea of including the music box as well. Do you have plans for anymore carvings?

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 09-17-2006 03:54 PM

Thanks Darryl,
I don’t usually do my carvings with a plan. If I see a picture of something that interests me in a magazine I’ll tear it out, & save it. When I get the notion to carve something, I go through my pile of clippings, & make a photocopy to the desired scale.
A lot of carving magazines, will have patterns, But most of the time I prefer to go my own route.
The rotating base for the horse is my own idea. I don’t even remember how I did it. Being that I didn’t use a plan, I’d have to dismantle it to see how it was done if I were to make another one.
I do know I used the small sized turntable hardware for it.
It’s also amazing that the music box movement has enough power to rotate that big old horse.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#7 posted 04-07-2007 08:05 PM

Wow Dick…I really llove the horse. It exudes strength. It reminds me of Roman or Greek statuary of a war horse. Very nicely done. I’ve just recently started to inprove my carving. I’ve played around here or there…more whittling than carving until recently though. I’ve saved a picture of this and will try something similar someday.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#8 posted 04-07-2007 10:54 PM

you never cease to amaze me!!! Brilliantly done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 04-07-2007 11:02 PM

Thanks,
I ran a search for a book with this pattern by Mary Duke Guldan with no success. I have many old issues of ChipChats magazine, but it would take me forever.
Maybe someone knows how to search for it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#10 posted 04-07-2007 11:31 PM

WOW! I am true impressed. Beautiful job. You capture the strenth and power of the animal, very regal as well. Thanks for giving credit where credit is due….all thing through him. Have a blessed day tomorrow.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 04-08-2007 06:42 PM

I just added another image to this project.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Jeff

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#12 posted 04-08-2007 06:48 PM

Dick, this is really beautiful! Glad I noticed your update or I would have missed it altogether. My dad would love this. He and my grandfather raise Quarter Horses back in TX. I shall send him a link.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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Thos. Angle

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#13 posted 07-27-2007 04:36 AM

You have, indeed, captured the Clyde. It even looks like you’ve got him a little cow hocked and the shoes look square toed. Clyde’s are always longer from the hock to the ground than other horses and you’ve captured the persona of these great creatures.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 07-27-2007 09:01 PM

Thank you for the great comment. It’s nice to hear from a horse expert.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#15 posted 07-27-2007 09:28 PM

What a great horseshoe! Your attention to detail is wonderful Dick. Really fine carving. Nice!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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