antler carving

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Project by Steve Esterby posted 11-10-2010 04:49 AM 13285 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I would show one of my other interests….antler carving.The first antler is caribou,the one with the bear is moose antler and the rest are elk antler.As you might be able to tell,I’m quite pssionate about salmon and trout!I carved the necklace for my wife out of moose antler.The fish is about 2 1×2 inches long.

--,the best teacher is repetition.

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#1 posted 11-10-2010 05:11 AM

Sweet. Those look awesome. You should try your hand at making some canes with a nice awesome carved handle out of antler! That would look great! Welcome to LJs!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 05:25 AM

I have made many canes just like you described.I usually carve eagle or bear heads in the end.I find that a lot of people hate using canes until they use one of these and everyone tells them how cool it looks.I charge a lot of money for some of the projects I do,but I always give the canes away…....good karma.

--,the best teacher is repetition.

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#3 posted 11-10-2010 07:30 AM

Pretty neat stuff Steve. Do you sell these?


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#4 posted 11-10-2010 12:01 PM

You’ve done a great job on these. I also work with antler a lot.. I’ve made some very unique pieces with it.

Some things I've made:
A train:
I’m also carving the Lewis Chess Set out of Moose Deer and Caribou

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#5 posted 11-10-2010 12:27 PM


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#6 posted 11-10-2010 02:34 PM

I love the fish they look very real excellent work

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#7 posted 11-10-2010 02:50 PM

Great job , I love your carvings – did you do an inlay for the eyes ?

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#8 posted 11-10-2010 02:53 PM

truly impressive.

having carved a few antlers myself…..............what do you do to rid/prevent the aweful stentch from the antlers ?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 11-10-2010 03:59 PM

These are absolutely wonderful!

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

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#10 posted 11-10-2010 05:51 PM

to answer the above question,(do you sell these?),yes I do.I also barter.

--,the best teacher is repetition.

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#11 posted 11-10-2010 07:31 PM

Beautiful carvings! I like the design especially with the multiple fish….really tells a story.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#12 posted 11-10-2010 07:45 PM

Wow! that is cool.

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#13 posted 11-10-2010 08:27 PM

Very nice Steve,

That’s some beautiful creations there.

I did some carving on a couple of Moose antlers. It takes some extra strength, & patience.

Check out this one I did.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#14 posted 11-10-2010 08:59 PM

I always admire the talents of a carver and you my friend are no exception to that rule. I particularly love pic #5 – the salmon. Beautiful!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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