A few weeks ago, I was at a bison auction and met some very interesting people. One of the people I met got me in to roping on a dummy calf with a Lariat. It was a fun leisure activity to pass some down-time, and I thought it was such an interesting skill to have. That experience inspired me to create my own dummy calf.
After looking online, I was astounded by the price you have to pay to get a dummy calf. The cheapest models were a few hundred dollars, and I even found one listed at $4,800. I looked at a few of the simpler models, and realized I could very realistically build one myself. I decided the best way to make it would be out of PVC pipe. PVC pipe is fairly cheap and easy to work with, and I plan to use it as a “blank slate” so that I can create the structure and then add the aesthetic.
This is an example of what I plan to make mine look like. The basic structure will be very similar, and then I will branch off aesthetically. I was surprised when I found out even this model was priced at $200. I know I can make one for much cheaper.
My goal aesthetic is going to be paint splatter. I plan on painting the whole thing in a CU gold color, and then getting black paint and splattering it on top. I think this will give it a fun look, allowing it to look finished but still imperfect. I think this is the right mood for a project like this. Typically, this is something that would be kept in a barn or just outside, so I wouldn’t want to give this a super classy look. Paint splatter will be really fun and colorful while still being a little rough around the edges.
This is similar to the aesthetic I plan on implementing in to my project. Obviously I plan on using different colors, but this unfinished look of paint just thrown on is what I want.