This hard-headed guy covered by a hard hat and holding a hammer in one hand, nails in the other is a company advertisement that “We Pound to Please!”
You get the impression this guy is ready for whatever comes and is well dressed for the trail and weather.
“I’ve been on this trail awhile. Not sure where it is going now” captures the dilemma of an old ranger coming to the end of a long career not totally happy and wondering where his agency is headed in the future.
I wanted to portray pride and confidence as the warrior maintains a steady forward gaze and leaves the viewer with the impression that this warrior could be tough.
Well, the golfer made contact somehow with the ball, and as he unwinds from it all wonders, “where did it go?”
In small rural communities, it is often the volunteer fire-fighter that shows up first, and leaves last! Sometimes their equipment and training are a bit sketchy but their “can-do” spirit is not….even if they might be a bit “over-the-hill”!
I hope you can see a little of the tension with this gunfighter….caught in the moment when the next move is up to the other guy!
Now, this old coot, who also is sheriff, has seen it all and is ready for it. Look closely and you will see that the hand in the coat pocket grips another “smaller iron” ready for action.
This is kind of a “quiet” piece, the gentleman leaning on a lamp post in the evening enjoying a cigar and……just thinking about you!
All teenagers experience a growth spurt. It is a bad time when the spurt comes at the wrong time, such as putting on your dress clothes for a coming dance!
Being a “trail boss” of a cattle drive required a tough, smart veteran who watched over the cattle and his cowboys!
This carving is from one piece of wood which made it more difficult. Hopefully it captures a little bit of the fun of childhood, and their lack of interest in growing up!