Hook'em Horns

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Project by BrentB posted 05-12-2016 08:05 PM 1811 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Hook’em Horns sculpture made out of scrap pieces of Mesquite burl. As for the size I can tell you it’s the same size as my hand since I used it as a reference. I went to school at Texas in the early 80’s and wondered if I could sculpt the school’s hand signal out of wood.

When it comes to Mesquite burl I never throw anything away so I used my band saw to cut uniform pieces and glued them together in various size blocks.

I’ve never done this before, but having a medical background I thought I’d build individual joints, glue them together and work my way down from the finger tips to the wrist.

I used my band saw to rough cut individual pieces. I used my belt and disc sander to roughly shape each piece then completed the detail work with various rotary tool attachments and hand sanding.

The base was cut from the end of a well weathered piece of Mesquite to which I added the letters to spell TEXAS.

I left a portion of the base in its natural state because I love to incorporate natural edges. I finished the piece with a clear epoxy spray.

Hook’em Horns!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#1 posted 05-13-2016 03:34 AM

WOW WOW WOW. I love that. Thanks for showing the in process photos. I think this came out very well. I bet you get requests to make another one of these for another alumni.


-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 05-13-2016 10:52 AM

AWESOME work on the hand – love how you used your own hand as a template for each section.

Great work!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#3 posted 05-13-2016 12:06 PM

I’ve got to…hand it to you, this is a great project.

-- --Zach

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#4 posted 05-13-2016 12:29 PM

Thanks Betsy, Bob and Zach. I’m new to LJ and after looking at your work I realize I have a lot to learn. Your comments are very complimentary and greatly appreciated!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#5 posted 05-13-2016 07:12 PM

For me is for sure,you are an illuminati…..just joking!You made good job on this.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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#6 posted 05-14-2016 11:38 AM

You are relay skilled carver. Body parts are some of most difficult to carve like in any other art (painting,...).

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 05-14-2016 02:17 PM

I ask forgiveness, but the varnish spoils a look. It would be better to cover with wax. Wax – live.

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#8 posted 09-26-2016 08:46 PM

Would you make one for sale? or is this one for sale?


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#9 posted 09-26-2016 09:13 PM

Hi John….glad you like it. It’s not for sale. It’s a gift for a family member. And I don’t have any plans to make another. Wood working is just a hobby of mine. I’ve never sold a thing I’ve ever made….I just give it away and the only thing I have left is pictures. I like challenging myself too, which is why I made this sculpture in the first place. I surprised myself when I finally finished it. I’m working on a ‘BEVO’ made from thousands of little pieces of Mesquite Burl scrap right now and it’s turning out to be pretty awesome too. It’s about 30” wide to give it some

I’m honored that you like it so much you’d be willing to buy it. I’ve got a lot of Longhorns in the family and I’m afraid I’m going to get a lot of similar requests when they see it. They don’t know I post my work on Lumberjocks. Thanks again!!


-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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