antler carving

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Project by Steve Esterby posted 1388 days ago 4179 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 1388 days ago

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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Steve Esterby

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#2 posted 1388 days ago

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 1388 days ago

Pretty neat stuff Steve. Do you sell these?


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BigFoot Products Canada

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#4 posted 1388 days ago

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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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 1388 days ago


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 1388 days ago

I love the fish they look very real excellent work

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#7 posted 1388 days ago

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 1388 days ago

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 1388 days ago

These are absolutely wonderful!

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

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Steve Esterby

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#10 posted 1388 days ago

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 1388 days ago

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

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#12 posted 1388 days ago

Wow! that is cool.

-- "Does this lathe makes my butt look big?"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 1388 days ago

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 1388 days ago

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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