11 Point Buck Carving

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Project by Tom "BUG" Janos posted 02-17-2012 05:58 PM 1691 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 11-Point Buck I carved on commission for a friend of mine. He wanted it stylized and natural to show the wood grain. It is carved out of Butternut including the antlers. He has 10-points on top and one drop-tine for the 11th point.
The rack with the drop tine only took two tries as I was about 80% done when I broke it in the middle and had to start over again.
I named the piece “Winter ghost” as he is supposed to be walking down a snowbank.
This is also one of Desiree Haney’s patterns that I got out of one of my carving magazines and her book was used for additional ideas. I made a few changes I like turning and raising the head, the racks are larger with more points and the drop-tine, and the deer body size is larger. Hers is a smaller 8-point but Bill wanted a larger deer. Oh ya, hers is much much better carved than mine. Thanks Desiree.
This was the first deer I have carved as I lean more towards mice, roses, and birds.

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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#1 posted 02-17-2012 06:03 PM

Great carving….love the butternut grain. Hunter or not….these magnificient beasts are something to see in the wild….your carving does them justice….beautiful piece.

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#2 posted 02-17-2012 06:46 PM

Very nice!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 02-17-2012 08:46 PM

nice carving! Carving the antlers must twist your head,they are so delicate.

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#4 posted 02-17-2012 11:01 PM

Thanks everyone. Reggiek… There is no way I do them justice lol they are very majestic. Love to sit out in the woods and watch them and take photos even when I am not hunting.

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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#5 posted 02-18-2012 01:02 AM

that is beautifully done Bug. very very kool

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#6 posted 02-18-2012 01:14 PM

I like the face you gave it. I never carved butter net it looks like great wood.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#7 posted 02-18-2012 01:25 PM

This is really a beautiful carving. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 02-21-2012 11:40 PM

Thanks again everyone

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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