'Seahorses' (Female - Phase 5) by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

In this phase, I have refined the outline on both seahorses and added a grid for the initial roughing out of the planes. The edging might look like a simple task, but it is a challenge to refine the shapes down through the material, keeping the edges straight despite the curving plane of the antler and the varying thicknesses of the material.

Female Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 5 (carved moose antler)
(moose antler carving, moose antler sculpture)

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'Seahorses' (Male - Phase 5) by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

In this phase, I have refined the outline on both seahorses and added a grid for the initial roughing out of the planes. The edging might look like a simple task, but it is a challenge to refine the shapes down through the material, keeping the edges straight despite the curving plane of the antler and the varying thicknesses of the material.

Male Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 5 (carved moose antler)
(moose antler carving, moose antler sculpture)

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'Seahorses' (Female - Phase 4) by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

In this phase, I have designed the edges of the female seahorse to repeat the interior pattern and then reduced the antler to this outline.


Female Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 4 (carved moose antler)
(moose antler carving, moose antler sculpture)

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'Seahorses' (Female - Phase 3) by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

In this phase, I have created a preliminary design for the carving on the photocopied template images of the seahorse.

Female Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 3 (carved moose antler)
(moose antler carving, moose antler sculpture)

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'Seahorses' (Male - Phase 4) by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

In this phase, I have designed the edges of the male seahorse to repeat the interior pattern and then reduced the antler to this outline.

Male Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 4 (carved moose antler)
(moose antler carving, moose antler sculpture)

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'Seahorses' (Male - Phase 3) by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

In this phase, I have created a preliminary design for the carving on the photocopied template images of the seahorse.

Male Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 3 (carved moose antler)
(moose antler carving, moose antler sculpture)

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'Seahorses' (Female - Phase 2) by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

The image has been cut from the antler using a band saw. I changed the blade prior to making the cuts and found the new blade cut well and held a line. It seems that after a while a band saw blade will start to stray, making precise cuts impossible.

In this case, both seahorses were roughed out, leaving room on the edges for later developments and design considerations. Since the blade used was 3/8" in depth, the cuts were not contoured exactly to the design.

Female Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 2 (carved moose antler)
As you can see from the side shots, the antler is quite thick at the tip of the tail, which should allow for an effect that will emulate the seahorse if it were realized 'in the round.'

Female Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 2 (carved moose antler)
The next step will be to determine the actual borders of the design and to reduce the antler to that border with the band saw and burrs.

Female Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 2 (carved moose antler)
(moose antler carving, moose antler sculpture)

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'Seahorses' (Male - Phase 2) by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

The image has been cut from the antler using a band saw. I changed the blade prior to making the cuts and found the new blade cut well and held a line. It seems that after a while a band saw blade will start to stray, making precise cuts impossible.

In this case, both seahorses were roughed out, leaving room on the edges for later developments and design considerations. Since the blade used was 3/8" in depth, the cuts were not contoured exactly to the design.

Male Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 2 (carved moose antler)
As you can see from the side shots, the antler is quite thick at the tip of the tail, which should allow for an effect that will emulate the seahorse if it were realized 'in the round.'

Male Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 2 (carved moose antler)
The next step will be to determine the actual borders of the design and to reduce the antler to that border with the band saw and burrs.

Male Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 2 (carved moose antler)
(moose antler carving, moose antler sculpture)

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'Seahorses' (Female - Phase 1) by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

I have chosen the antler that best suits the image and the carving. The thick areas of the antler are aligned with the tail section, to allow for a deeper curl.

Female Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 1 (carved moose antler)
(moose antler carving, moose antler sculpture)

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'Seahorses' (Male - Phase 1) by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

I have chosen the antler that best suits the image and the carving. The thick areas of the antler are aligned with the tail section, to allow for a deeper curl.

Male Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 1 (carved moose antler)
(moose antler carving, moose antler sculpture)

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'Seahorses' (Beginning) by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

I have been commissioned to carve two seahorses in antler, with the proviso that they be realized in an abstract fashion, with the duality theme (angles and curves).

After considerable research into the seahorse, I have settled on two seahorses of the barbouri type. They have interesting protrusions, or barbs (though their names come from the fact that they are found in the Sea of Barbour) and a very nice shape. As with all seahorses, the male caries the young, and this fellow is no exception. He is 'pregnant' as evidenced by his pouch, just above the tail.

Seahorses by Shane Wilson, in progress, beginning<br /><br />Jason (my brother) and his partner Kerrin have commissioned me to carve two seahorses in antler, with the proviso that they be realized in an abstract fashion, with the duality theme (angles and curves).<br /><br />After considerable research into the seahorse, I have settled on two seahorses of the barbouri type. They have interesting protrusions, or barbs (though their names come from the fact that they are found in the Sea of Barbour) and a very nice shape. As with all seahorses, the male caries the young, and this fellow is no exception. He is 'pregnant' as evidenced by his pouch, just above the tail.<br /><br />I am not certain how I will realize the abstract theme within the shapes of the seahorses, but the male will likely be predominantly curvy (using ovals, circles and cones) and the female will be realized using angular shapes (rectangle, square, pyramid).<br /><br />They will be carved from separate antlers, due to their size, and be mounted together in a shadow-box frame
I am not certain how I will realize the abstract theme within the shapes of the seahorses, but the male will likely be predominantly curvy (using ovals, circles and cones) and the female will be realized using angular shapes (rectangle, square, pyramid).

They will be carved from separate antlers, due to their size, and be mounted together in a shadow-box frame.
(moose antler carving, moose antler sculpture)

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'Skullpture Series' (Carving and Patination - Phase 1) by Shane Wilson

Skullpture by Shane Wilson, carving and patination in progress, phase 1 (carved bronze skulls)

The designs for each carving are drawn directly onto the raw bronze prior to carving. (2004-2005) The bronzes below are in various states of design and carving, all preliminary. Two of the skulls (small wolverine and grizzly) were finished and patinated without being carved. I decided to change this later and carved both skulls.

Skullpture by Shane Wilson, carving and patination in progress, phase 1
(bronze carving, carved bronze sculpture)

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