Month: March 2014

Building Andrew Jackson

My son did a book report on Andrew Jackson and I was so impressed by the job he did I thought I’d build a little Andrew Jackson to stick on a shelf.  I still have a fair amount of details to add but here’s what two nights in the studio has yielded so far…

Step #1 – Carve some foam, paint it all fleshy color-like, pin in some eyes to get a sense for placement and then start hot glueing foam onto his head for hair…


Step #2 – Add more hair, glue on all the good stuff like eyes, nose, mouth and crazy bushy eyebrows…



Step #3 – Measure and cut a cardboard roll, stuff it with foam, jam in some bulsa wood legs, wrap the legs with tape to make “boots” and paint it all white…



Step #4 – Add wire for arms, carve little feet and hot glue ’em on.  The tricky part is making sure he can actually stand…



Step #5 – Wrap the arms in tape, add “hands” and paint the whole thing white.  Eventually he will be holding a big sword because Andrew Jackson was kind of a bad-ass…



Step #6 – Paint the whole thing up, hot glue on the head and jam little pins in for buttons…




So I still have to finish up his sword, add details to his jacket and the epaulettes to his shoulders but all of that should move pretty fast.  I figure after a few more hours there will be another ridiculous president standing on a piece of furniture in our house.

And if anyone is actually still reading this I would just like to add that while I find Jackson fascinating, he was also kind of a JERK.  The Indian Removal Act was certainly not America’s proudest moment 😦



General George Washington

It has been a whirlwind two months at work so 1) I have not been back into my studio in WEEKS and 2) I have not even posted work that was done 2-3 months ago.  I had the privilege of meeting Kyle Kesterson earlier this week and I told him about my George Washington made out of toilet paper rolls.  He asked to see it so I figured I might as well take 10 minutes, dust off the ole blog and post it.