Harmon was recently commissioned to re-create a Plow Boy in the field.
When these photographs were taken, Tim had been at work on the piece for several months and the details had begun to take shape. As with every piece he does, Harmon works from his knowledge of the subject and does research to fill in the gaps. For Plow Boy, he enlisted the aid of his friends in Tonto Basin who raise draft horses. He spent a day photographing the horses, harnesses and action of actually plowing a field…the old fashioned way.
Later, in the studio, he worked out the scale and details of the plow, harness, horse and farm boy which included this meticulous calculation as to the size of the individual links which connect horse to plow. (see below)
Harmon works out the details of scale and construction on paper to insure authenticity in the piece. Here, he is crafting the links which are part of the harness.
Harmon working on “Plow Horse”, a commissioned piece.
In a piece like this, even the slack in the reins is calculated for authenticity.
In ‘Plowboy’, where the harness is both sculpted and crafted, it is imperative to maintain the scale of all elements. Here you can see the areas of the harness which have been sculpted and those which are crafted. In addition to the links used for the harness, the long reins which communicate between horse and farmer are added as the forms take shape. The reins are made of a small gauge copper wire and then pounded flat to create the right weight.
From the tilt of the head to the copper reins looped around his neck, this plow boy conveys a timeless image.
A work in progress. “The Plowboy”.
Photos by LCGross