A Carving of a Moose on an Moose Antler

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 12-26-2006 09:00 PM 6986 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I’m showing something that isn’t made of wood if you don’t mind.

The State of Minnesota department I worked for, used to groom Snowmobile trails, I was in charge of maintaining the equipment. One of the groomer operators found this Antler on one of the trails. He kindly gave it to me, because he new I was a carver, even though I had never carved an antler before. It hung around in my shop for quite awhile, until a friend of mine asked me to do a carving on an antler he had found. I told him I didn’t want to ruin his, being I had never attempted this, so I dug out my antler, decided to use mine as a test carving. It turned out fairly decent, so I told him to bring on his antler.

I don’t have a decent picture of that one yet, but I’ll show you mine. My friends antler was twice as large as mine, so I carved the same scene in a larger scale. Someday I’ll visit him, & get a good picture that’s worth showing.

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

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#1 posted 12-27-2006 12:47 AM

Nice one, Dick. This kind of art makes me a little homesick.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Mark A. DeCou

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#2 posted 12-27-2006 01:03 AM

sweet! Your Talent is transferrable from one medium to another. Great job Dick.

I met Larry Glaze, an antler artist, at the Western Design Conference. He has taken this artform to a very widespread following and financial success, winning many awards and large commissioned purchases, and has been a key note speaker at conferences. His website is

thanks for taking the risk, and posting this project,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#3 posted 12-27-2006 01:05 AM

Thanks Dick! You usual good work I see. So tell me how was it to carve? Hard/soft? I’ve always wanted to try one.

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Cathy Krumrei

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#4 posted 12-27-2006 02:16 AM

Dick nice job! I had carved many an antler. Mine where also moose and they are fun to carve aren’t they? I gave it up 2 years ago and returned to carving wood. I still have a huge set of moose antlers I did keep. Someday I’ll figure out what I want to carve on it.
Thanks for sharing!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 12-27-2006 02:59 PM

Thanks folks,
Dennis, it’s hard enough that you never hardly put the mallet down, but it gets a little softer once you break the surface. Carving with power tools may be easier, but I can’t put my heart into using them. The larger antler had a much harder surface.
Thanks for the website Mark.

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

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