'Seahorses' (Male - Phase 11) by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

In this phase, I have sketched in the remainder of the design on the main portion of the body and head.

Male Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 11 (carved moose antler)
(moose antler carving, moose antler sculpture)

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'Seahorses' (Male - Phase 10) by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

In this phase, I have used a variety of precise carbide burrs, with a 1/8" shank or less, to rough out the designs on the raised oval areas.

While carving the design into the antler over the last few days, I have wondered about the meaning of the squiggles beneath my tools. All of the squiggles emerged from the texture evident in the photograph of the seahorse. Some of the squiggles have taken on the appearance of familiar things. But what do they mean? I then wondered if there was any meaning at all in what I do.

Male Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 10 (carved moose antler)
It occured to me that, in isolation, the sqiggles and shapes meant nothing. It is only when they are taken together that something happens within the observer - just as the individual notes of a symphony mean nothing and yet something happens, within the listener, when they are played together. The meaning is not so much rational, or something that can be reduced to words and phrases, but , what? Emotional? Spiritual? I'm not really sure these overused categories are able to describe the kind of effect I am talking about. The experience of the overall design can generate an altered state within the observer, one of warmth, pleasure, or excitement. It takes one to a different place within oneself, from which one returns a little richer ...
(moose antler carving, moose antler sculpture)

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'Seahorses' (Male - Phase 9) by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

In this phase the face has been roughed out.

Male Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 9 (carved moose antler)
(moose antler carving, moose antler sculpture)

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'Seahorses' (Male - Phase 8) by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

In this phase, the larger design elements on the body have been carved out in rough. I will leave the head for a bit to insure that its design will integrate with the final design of the body. The next step will be to place within and between the ovals the detailed design structure.

Male Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 8 (carved moose antler)

Male Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 8
(moose antler carving, moose antler sculpture)

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'Seahorses' (Male - Phase 7) by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

In this phase, the primary elements (ovals) have been redesigned to take into consideration the actual edge elements and structure of the antler. I hope to preserve much of the original paper design, but we'll have to see after roughing out this phase.

Male Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 7 (carved moose antler)

Male Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 7 (carved moose antler)
(moose antler carving, moose antler sculpture)

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'Seahorses' (Female - Phase 6) by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

I have begun to round down the edges of the seahorse body and define the planes of the spines. Also the tail is begining to take shape with an evident curl on the end.

Female Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 6 (carved moose antler)

Female Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 6 (carved moose antler)

Female Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 6 (carved moose antler)
(moose antler carving, moose antler sculpture)

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'Seahorses' (Male - Phase 6) by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

This phase has included the roughing out of the major contours and the definition of the outer bumpy elements. Note that the tail is beginning to take shape, using the natural curve and bulk of the original antler.

Male Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 6 (carved moose antler)

Male Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 6 (carved moose antler)

Male Seahorse by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 6 (carved moose antler)
(moose antler carving, moose antler sculpture)

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