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A Gifted Spartan

For those of you who are also on Facebook, you’ll have already seen these photos of the Spartan that I began carving some time ago out of an Elk antler.  Well, I needed to wait until I gave this little guy to my Mom this weekend as a Christmas gift before I posted the finished pictures here…she follows but is not a Facebook follower ( a very smart woman ).

This carving was finished using the Foredom tool bits ( similar to Dremel ) that I started with and then I added a bit of burnt umber to the carving and wiped most of it away to highlight the deeper relief.

Mom was pretty happy about what she calls her handsome man.  I wasn’t completely sure whether she meant me or the Spartan, but I’m guessing that it was the Spartan.




Startin’ a Spartan

I really have to get Peggy to hide these antler pieces that I have laying around in the workshop…

Here’s the start to my little Spartan soldier.  I’m not sure that they were allowed beards in the ranks but this Spartan looks like he’s ending up with one.


Antler Wizard

Well, I couldn’t put those elk antlers down for long so I made a quick little wizard out of one of the branches of the antler.

Again, I used the Foredom tool with a few very fine carbide bits and some ruby carvers.  I didn’t work from a sketch but just started with cutting a deep triangular nose and deep eye sockets and went from there.  Once I made some general smooth indentations with a tear-drop shaped ruby carver for the bags under his eyes and the waves in his beard, I used a more disc shaped carver for the individual hair and beard lines.

Following that I applied a bit of dark stain and a little bit of acrylic gold colour to his hat.  A nice little project for what turned out to be a cold and rainy day.

It’s just a little carving…that’s a dime sitting beside it.





















The King Holds Court

The Antler King is ready to hold court.  I added a bit of dark stain after I did some finer detail on the eyes, hair and beard to pick up the highlights.

A fun project.

The Crowned King of the Antlers

Our little antler man got crowned this weekend.  We’re both pretty pleased with the coronation.

This power carving of the elk antler with the Foredom tool has been a lot of fun so far.  If this catches your interest like it caught mine, give it a try.  A word of caution…I really work hard at keeping the dust levels down by doing the carving over a dust collector.  I also use a very good dust mask, and you should too.




Elk Antlers

I thought that I had mentioned the story about the elk antlers in one of my blog posts, but I guess that I hadn’t.

Well…I came across the artwork of a phenomenally good artist who happens to live in Minsk, Belarus and carves faces and busts out of elk antlers.  His name is Андрей Сагалов and if you were to copy and paste his name into Facebook, you’ll come across his many carvings.

I admired his carvings for so long that I finally put the word out that I needed a small piece of elk antler.  In no time at all, my sister-in-law, Bonnie and her husband, Steve, came up with a huge…I mean, huge…set of antlers that had been shed.  On my last trip down to Niagara, I picked them up.  After visiting my daughter along the way and losing one half of the antlers to her sense of family room decorating, I finally got them home and on the bandsaw.

So, this is the result so far of my rendition of my Facebook friend’s style of carving.  Of course this is all done with a Foredom tool and cutting bits that you’d expect to see at a dentist’s office.  That top piece will be a crown of sorts by the end of the weekend.

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