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A Carved Scene on a Large Moose Antler

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 01-26-2009 06:21 PM 2498 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine has a hobby of hunting, & collecting Antler sheds.

He asked me if I could carve something on one of his Moose Antler finds.

I told him I’d have to try doing it on an Antler that I had first, before I ruined one of his.

This one was given to me by another friend of mine.

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I had some success with this one, so I tackled his.

I’ve been asked what tools I used for this?

I used my regular woodcarving chisels.

I don’t usually keep a record of my time on a carving, but since this was a commission,

I kept track of my time spent.

It added up to be a little over 100 hours.

When I brought him the completed project, I told him I wouldn’t charge anything for it,

because I didn’t know what the going rate was for carving a Moose Antler.

Besides that, I’m not in the business, I only do it for my own pleasure, & enjoyment.

About a year, or so later I was invited to his place,

& he showed me a pile of Black Ash lumber he had bought at a moving sale.

He told me I could have it all. Boy, was I surprised!

I guess this is what they call, ”Paying Forward.”

I’ve used the Black Ash for many of my projects.

Someday I’m going to get some better photos.

These were taken before I got a good camera.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1





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Karson

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#1 posted 01-26-2009 06:25 PM

Congratulations. I guess he knew what it was worth to him.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 01-26-2009 06:29 PM

paying it forward indeed!! Goodness sent out = goodness sent back.

Fantastic job! You truly are a gift to this world, Mr. Cain!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 01-26-2009 06:30 PM

Really nice carving, Dick!

I know what you mean about taking money for a project…. it’s better to just build the good will as you did in this case. It usually comes back to you.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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HallTree

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#4 posted 01-26-2009 06:36 PM

Carving on a Moose Antler, that’s a new one for me. Nice job.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 01-26-2009 07:01 PM

Thanks to all of you.

A few of the things I’ve made from the ash are:

Windsor Chair, Fireplace mantle, Thorsen table, Clocks, & many other things.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Tom Landon

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#6 posted 01-26-2009 08:04 PM

Wow, nice job. If that’s your first attempt I sure hope you share the next ones as well. For myself though, once would probably be enough. I have vivid memories of the smell of grinding bone.

As to the black ash, I learned early on that the world is round and the good you do will always come back around.

Thanks for sharing

-- Tom Landon, Lakeland, Fl. When you're through learning, you're through.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 01-26-2009 08:29 PM

Thanks Tom,

I didn’t do any kind of grinding on this.

It was all done with my regular carving tools.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Derek Lyons

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#8 posted 01-26-2009 09:02 PM

Very nice, but I don’t see any wood involved.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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woodworm

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#9 posted 01-26-2009 09:24 PM

Yes, there is…”an antler lost in the woods’....if I can interpret the carved pic that way.
Great carving work Dick!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 01-26-2009 09:33 PM

Thanks Guys!

Hey Derek, The Moose browsed, ate the wood,

& reprocessed it, converting it into Antler. <(;0)#

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Mark A. DeCou

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#11 posted 01-26-2009 09:39 PM

another masterfully done project Dick. Kudos.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 01-26-2009 10:04 PM

I’m highly honored by your comment Mark.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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dennis mitchell

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#13 posted 01-26-2009 10:17 PM

Well done Dick. I’ve always wanted to try a Moose Antler, but I sure don’t have 100 hour of patience left in me.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 01-26-2009 10:21 PM

Thank you Dennis,

Don’t give up yet!

I think the hardest part of carving a Moose Antler is finding one. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 01-26-2009 11:43 PM

Great Job!!! Is Moose Antler hard to carve?

-- Dennis Zongker

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