Thursday, March 31, 2016
The War Shirt / Shirt Wearers Shirt / Scalp Shirt Today, I attempted to create a Hair Shirt... or War Shirt. The original shirt wearers earned the right to wear War Shirts through great acts of bravery and deeds that were incorporated into the designs. Over a warriors lifetime, he would probably have owned more than one shirt. Some War Shirts were also thought to possess intrinsic spiritual powers which were transferred to the wearer. Buffalo hide was too thick to use, so the maker used Elk or deerskins. However, the ideal hides came from mountain sheep that roamed the Rocky Mountains to the Missouri River and beyond. After the shirt was made, it could be decorated in many ways. Hair from humans or horses often extended from the quilled arm strips and down the outside of the shoulder strips. Shirts with hair have been called scalp shirts, but they were only made with hair locks.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
In Early August 2015, I was doing a demo over several days, at Sculpture Depot in Loveland Colorado. This is where "Unconquered" was born. Today I bring it a bit closer to it's finalization. www.sculpturedepot.net
Monday, March 21, 2016
I've struggled to get back to the sculpting stand for well over a week.. My health just beat me down. I feel great today.. so back on the clay. Making some subtle changes.
Monday, March 14, 2016
In Early August 2015, I was doing a demo over several days, at Sculpture Depot in Loveland Colorado. While there I took a video tour of this amazing store where everything that deals with sculpting supplies is located. Tools, clays, plaster, mold making materials, resins, and anything else related to the sculpting can be purchased. At the 2nd half of the video, Karen Richardson, President and CEO of Sculpture Depot, demonstrates pouring Resins. www.sculpturedepot.net
Friday, March 11, 2016
Today, I'm preparing to create a 1873 Springfield Trap Door Carbine for the clay of "Unconquered". Using PrintMaster Gold 18, publishing program, I show how to scale you're items to the size of the clay your creating. This can be done for any project you're sculpting, by using the head length you using in your sculpture. The average head length is 8 1/2 inches. So knowing that it makes it easy to scale to a ruler you've scanned into your computer.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Felt for the past few days.. I needed to change his head. I really didn't like the hair as it was.. so decided to make a change. Did a bit of research on Native American Buffalo Horn Headdresses.. What I found was very interesting, adding to this pieces story.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Got a text from a sculptor friend of mine in Bozeman Montana last night asking me for help with a monumental project he had to have done in two days. Artists stick together, and try to help when we're able to. This artist several years ago helped me with getting a large clay to the foundry in Bozeman.. How could I turn him down..