Pyrography (wood-burning) on high figure poplar with bark inclusion in the upper left (that I think is really cool).
16″ × 12″
Porter Rockwell was the bodyguard and very close lifelong friend of the prophet Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was, also, a U.S. Marshall, “Mormon” pioneer and a true wild west celebrity, known for allegedly killing many men “who needed killing”.
Porter sawed the barrels off of his guns because he considered them cumbersome. Despite this modification, he was a deadly accurate shot and wiley enough to live long enough to die of natural causes.
In a blessing from Joseph Smith, Porter was told that as long as he did not shave his beard or cut his hair he could not be killed. Consequently, he only cut his hair once, thereafter, to provide a wig for a woman who had lost her hair. He supposedly disappeared until his hair grew back.