Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

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Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Hooked » Sun Oct 04, 2009 11:18 pm

I have been getting alot of questions about how I do these plaques, so I thought I would post pics on the process of the one I am currently working on. This is all done by hand, both the carving and the burning...

pic for project, it was cropped some in photoshop
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transferred it to the wood with graphite paper, took this pic after I had already started making stop cuts for the carving.
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Started carving out the background, this one will have three levels: background, Dan, and Bighorn Sheep.
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After getting the background to about 1/4 inch deep, I carved Dan down to 1/8th inch deep, then sanded Dan smooth. The sanding is important to give me a good surface to burn on...
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I am basically done with the carving now. Time to burn, but before I burn Dan (sorry Dan, I promise it won't hurt) I need to retransfer some of the detail with graphite paper.
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I kinda went crazy with the retransfer on this one. Usually I just transfer some of the key detail, but as you can see there wasn't much I didn't transfer.
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Now I start burning...
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This is where I finished tonight. The hardest part is the face if the person. I try to make it look as much like the photo as possible. I do the face first because it is one of the most important parts. And i will continually adjust it as i do the rest of the burn until I am happy with it.
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While I am not doing alot of carving it still takes me atleast 8-10 hours to get it carved, longer if there are more levels. Then I have to sand the levels I will burn on. I use a few different grades of sand paper ending with 400 or 600. I want it smoother than a baby's bottom!

If ya'll want I will keep posting pics as I go.

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Adams_Raton » Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:38 am

Don't stop now!!! Keep posting pics!!
You are doing a really great job!
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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Hooked » Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:21 pm

Adam,
I will post more as I go. The last pic was the latest. I have done alittle work on it since then, but not enough change to show a pic yet!

Looks like you are the only interested. Maybe I should just email them to ya? 8-)

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by TradRag » Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:32 pm

Hooked wrote:Adam,
Looks like you are the only interested. Maybe I should just email them to ya? 8-)
I'm with you and waiting. :P
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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Hooked » Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:51 pm

Okay, so there are two of you! LOL!

This is where I am as of 11:30pm tonight:
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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Hooked » Thu Oct 08, 2009 1:19 am

spent alot of time on Dan's face tonight. Until I got tired of looking at it, LOL. Then spent some time on the ram.

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by VT Surf-N-Turf » Thu Oct 08, 2009 5:57 am

This is very cool. Keep 'em coming!
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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Okie » Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:02 am

Awesome work.
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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Les » Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:10 am

Looking better and better. The right eye is getting real close..looking at the photos. Way to go Chip.

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Hooked » Fri Oct 09, 2009 1:03 am

Didn't get much done tonight, but there is a difference

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Hooked » Sat Oct 10, 2009 1:14 am

Starting to come to life...

I have to say I am finally happy with Dan's face...well, uh, I mean my carving/burn of Dan's face.

This is the fun part because every little detail I adjust now will just make it come to life even more!

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by pappy177 » Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:39 am

When you say burning , you mean like a soldering gun wood burner? :?:
That is some VERY fine work. Been watching this thread close and would like to learn more.

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Hooked » Sat Oct 10, 2009 8:56 pm

pappy,
there are single temp burners and adjustable temp burners. checkout http://www.woodburning.com/default.asp

This is the brand of adjustable temp burner that I use. There are different tips you can get, but it is like having a pen but with a cord attached to it that runs to the unit with the temp control on it.

I can help ya whether you are looking to try it yourself or want me to do a piece for you. Not sure which you meant. Shoot me a pm or email.

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by forrest » Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:50 pm

Hooked:
You are truly a gifted artst, keep up the good work.

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Hooked » Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:47 pm

photo came out a little different color for some reason, but here is current progress...not a big change but I primarily was just working on the highlights on the ram.

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Whitewolf » Sun Oct 11, 2009 9:16 pm

I am absolutely amazed at some peoples talents. Yours in particular. WOW!
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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Hooked » Sun Oct 11, 2009 10:40 pm

Thanks, Whitewolf!

Ya'll may not notice a big difference between this pic and the last two, but I do!!!

I am really close to done except for little changes that nobody would probably ever notice but me!

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Hooked » Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:24 am

Ya'll may not notice a big difference between this pic and the last one, but I do!!!

I am really close to done except for little changes that nobody would probably ever notice but me!

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Hooked » Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:17 pm

I may actually be done this time!

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Whitewolf » Tue Oct 20, 2009 3:43 pm

Well, I can say this. If I ever get anything remotely worth having something like done, I will be contacting you.
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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Hooked » Tue Oct 20, 2009 3:58 pm

Thanks, Whitewolf! You know where to find me!

It ain't a "white" wolf, but you might appreciate this one too! It is gonna be hanging over a fireplace in Hawaii (Don't ask cuz I don't know why they need fireplaces in their climate either). Fella on here by the name of Greywolf will get it right after I enter it in a competition:

There is quite a bit more carving involved with this one and it is alot bigger than the plaques:
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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Buff » Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:44 am

Man I'm excited to have mine done

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process(new pics 10/21)

Post by Hooked » Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:06 pm

I am excited to do it for ya, Buff! Part of the fun so far has been having different animals to do each time...who knows when I will ever get to do a water...oops...I mean, Cape Buffalo again, LOL!

Here is my current piece, not done yet but getting close!

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process (new pics added)

Post by Hooked » Thu Oct 22, 2009 1:51 am

I see a couple things I need to touch up, but otherwise all that is left is the inscription underneath. Clayton, you figure out what year it was yet?

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Hooked » Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:46 am

All done except the finish.

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Les » Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:38 am

I like the way you lightened the shadow.. very nice indeed.

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by pete » Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:08 pm

Chip

Your talent is amazing. I have been off line for about a month and you just keep getting better!

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by bowhunterfrompast » Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:21 pm

Awesome! You do great work.
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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by reddogge » Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:46 am

Awesome work. I carve hunting decoys and I know what you mean when you say you don't know when to call it quits.

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Re: Wild Fire Artistry...The Process

Post by Seneca Archer » Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:51 pm

hooked,
late comer to this thread. saw your work on another thread & checked out your sponsor thread/page and wondered about the process.

great work and was really generous of you to share a "work-in-progress."

what is your lead time? have an :idea: for something i would need long about April 2010...

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