'Rest and Sing' (Finished) by Shane Wilson (Moose Antler Carving)

Rest and Sing, 1997 by Shane Wilson (carved moose antler)

The final work on "Rest and Sing" was done with Dremel sanding disks and polishing felts. It was a time consuming process with such tiny tools. I've purchased a larger polishing wheel and felt for next time.

I will begin work soon on the next commission, an absract design on a found moose skull.

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'Rest and Sing' (Phase 7) by Shane Wilson (Moose Antler Carving)

Rest and Sing by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 7 (carved moose antler)

I have finshed the ravens to the pre-sanding, pre-polished state using the same tools as described for the wolves in the last phase.

Now to the task of making the support for the work and the final sanding and finishing...

The commissioner of the work has suggested the name, "Rest and Sing", which I think is quite appropriate.
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'Rest and Sing' (Phase 6) by Shane Wilson (Moose Antler Carving)

Rest and Sing by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 6 (carved moose antler)

I have chosen to treat the surface of the wolves with a stylized design. My intention is to create the effect of a deep winter coat of hair.

Again, my tool of choice is the SMC Moto Tool with a 1/8" straight bit, because of its flexibility. However, I also use a flexible shaft Dremel, with a sanding drum of medium grade, in order to do the preliminary smoothing and unifying of the surface. For refinements to the outlines of the wolves, I use the Foredom with a 1/4" straight bit.
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'Rest and Sing' (Phase 5) by Shane Wilson (Moose Antler Carving)

Rest and Sing by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 5 (carved moose antler)

The ravens and wolves are shaped and contoured to their finished size. The details will be added now with the smaller bits and a micro-motor tool made by SCM. It's a wonderful little tool that allows great flexibility of movement, so important for the finer details.
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'Rest and Sing' (Phase 4) by Shane Wilson (Moose Antler Carving)

Rest and Sing by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 4 (carved moose antler)

I am starting to use finer burrs now for the refining work. This is the part that takes all the time, but it is the most fun as the animals "come alive."
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'Rest and Sing' (Phase 3) by Shane Wilson (Moose Antler Carving)

Rest and Sing by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 3 (carved moose antler)

Things are starting to take shape!

The figures are becoming more and more defined and are beginning to take on a three dimensional quality. Now for the time consuming detailed shaping and defining work.
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'Rest and Sing' (Phase 2) by Shane Wilson (Moose Antler Carving)

Rest and Sing by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 2 (carved moose antler)

The carving is coming along nicely. The basic planes and shapes are defined and the antler is "skinned". This is the process whereby the top, rough layer of antler is removed, revealing the open canvas and beautiful colour underneath. In this case, various shades of purple.

The next stage will involve rounding out the various shapes of the animals, trees and rocks.
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'Rest and Sing' (Phase 1) by Shane Wilson (Moose Antler Carving)

Rest and Sing by Shane Wilson, in progress, phase 1 (carved moose antler)

This phase represents 5 hours of actual carving and several times that in planning.

I substituted the flying raven with a second raven perched on another branch. It seems to make the composition flow a little better.

I have also added a third wolf, lying down and also howling. I had planned for this wolf to be in front of the left edge, which will become a tree trunk, but I think this will make the composition a little choppy and so will change this to a design where all three wolves will be situated behind the left edge.

Tools thus far have included a drill to make the pilot holes for my Delta 16" Scroll Saw to do the interior cutting and a large, straight, single fluted burr on a Foredom H Series power tool to do the preliminary rough shaping.
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'Rest and Sing' (Beginning) by Shane Wilson (Moose Antler Carving)

Rest and Sing by Shane Wilson, in progress, begin (carved moose antler)

This commission will have wolves and ravens as its subject matter. It will be carved into a full antler, retaining the look of the antler in the finished work.

After several preliminary sketches, involving some field work, I have created a design and selected an antler which is suited. The design included a combination of howling wolves and roosting ravens.

The lower portion of the antler extends out from the palm at a right angle, perfect for the creation of a free standing carving. I'll need to add a small piece of antler at the back for stability.
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