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The title “My Little Buck” is a nod to the Rankin/Bass, December 6, 1964 television special “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”  ... when originally—at the end of the movie —Rudolph’s father finally takes pride in his son, and calls him “My Little Buck!”  Okay, there’s the explanation, take it or leave it, but there it is! LOL!   I call him that, because, well ... he is a fairly little buck!  At any rate, It’s been a while getting him to the point of completion. Since I first mounted him as a standard wall mount, over the available paper forms of the day in 1974, and as sculptors have gotten better, and molding and casting has evolved over the years, a newer “Floor Pedestal” headform has finally come onto the market.

So, during the start of the Covid-19 health crisis, my tannery shut down for a couple/three weeks, so I had no capes to mount— except my buck’s replacement cape, which had been tanned about a year prior, soaked, drained, and frozen.  So, I decided to utilize this down-time to get my little buck finished.

So now, here he is, in all his glory!  Thank you to Research Mannikins, and Bill Lancaster, who sculpted this and many of the forms I use.  And, thank you to Michael A. Beaver, the woodcarving artist who created the beautiful Cardinal seen in the tree.  The tree itself, came from Autograph Foliages, and is their ‘Dawson Fir Tree’. The rock is ‘’Habitat Rock’’-HR1; the pedestal is a ‘Flat Panel Oak Pedestal’ from “Roostin’ Ridge”.

— John Bellucci

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