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Saturday, 1 June 2019

Them bones

Hi everyone,well what wunderkammer room wouldnt be complete without some sort of skull.In this case the skull is not life size to 1/12th scale as the bone i carved it from wouldnt allow me to model it that size.


Carved from deer antler the skull including the base its tood on measures 30mm.The base itself is whalebone which origonally started life as a ladies victorian parasol handle that was damaged and sent to me as a gift i will be using more of this to make further items.The skull is a little crude and not as detailed as i would have liked it to be but im happy as it is.
Have a great weekend everyone. Tony.

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  1. I love the skul. The colour of the antlerbone gives it a great depth. It looks like the skull of an early humanoid found in a coalmine. The whalebone base complements it nicely.

    Huibrecht

    Huibrecht

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    1. Thank you Huibrecht, your right it does look like an early human skull or even an ape come to think of it, thats made me feel a little happier regardig the detail on it :)

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  2. I like it! It looks as if it was dug up and hasn't been completely bleached white by the sun yet.

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  3. It's amazing! I don't know how carving antler compares to carving wood. Is it more difficult or easier? I once sanded down antlers with an electric sander, and the resulting smell as the antlers got warm almost made me want to move to another town. I am pleased that every little tidbit, like the broken parasol handle, for example, finds a new and very cool life!

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    1. Lol your right it does smell quite bad but its very important to wear a mask when cutting or grinding bone as the dust can give you quite s bad chest i find it a little easier to work with than wood, the parasol handle even though it was broken was to valuable to not use victorian whalebone is quite rare nowdays:)

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    2. Funny you should say that, the other day I sawed the carved top part of a broken ivory bookmarker and the smell made me go sit in the garden for a year with a rose Under my nose ! horrible ,,, well maybe not a year ,,,, and maybe it was a daisy ,,,

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  4. Beautiful! I also tried to carve/grind antler and the stink was so bad I quit :) You did this very well---

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    1. Hi Linda again your right the stink is revolting but im getting acustomed to it lol :)

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  5. The skull is just amazing. The scale might not be 'human' but perhaps the collector has a special interest in monkeys and apes???

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    1. Hi Anna, your right after what Huibrecht said in his post and looking at it for a while it does look kinda ape related :)

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  6. Wonderful antique ! a real museum piece, you coudn't do better. I ordered a bone skull in Thailand expecting not much but when it came it was beautiful , not exactly to scale , BUT not as nice as yours !!! huggs

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  7. Hi Mrs M, ive always had this facination with skulls ever since i studid Biology at school and they had a large collection of animal specimines i used to spend lots of time drawing and studying this became valuable when i went to art collage and studied still life :)

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  8. What a craftsman you are - the skull is brilliant. What a great piece to have in the collection.

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