Cound Creations - Creations in Stone and Bone

RCMP Charity Ball donation.

My donated moose antler carving to the RCMP Charity Ball. All proceeds to go to the United Way.

Check out the making of this carving in the video section!
2014 donation of "Kuruk"

In late 2014, I donated a Brazilian soapstone bear named "KURUK" to the Kamloops wildlife park. They were trying to raise money to help build a new enclosure for "Clover", a kermode bear. The only condition I had was to have a plaque created for exposure and pay tribute to my late father of whom I attribute my talent.

It's here!
I'm featured as a moose antler carver next June in the prestigious Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine!

About Me

I was born in the summer of ‘67 in Montreal.  At the age of 4, my father Richard, mother Linda, Tammy and I loaded into the first U-Haul we could find and headed west, arriving at Vancouver. I have fond memories of seeing beautiful native art on school field trips and stand in awe and wonderment at the base of giant totems and ask myself if I could ever create something this great to be remembered for centuries.

Throughout elementary and high school, my interests in art grew, especially when I would shadow my father and Uncle Frank as their imagination and talent flowed with ease across the canvass in landscapes and portraits in oils, pastels and ink. I think it wasn’t until Jr. high when I picked up a sketch pad, eventually dabbling in water color and oil but settling with pencil, charcoal and ink.

At aged 15, we moved to the picturesque community of Nakusp B.C. My interest into many aspects of the arts erupted in the late nineties.
The mediums I currently work with are soapstone and antler (moose, elk, deer). There are many local deposits of beautiful stone, but my preference lies in Brazilian as it has varying hardness’s that hold detail well without fracturing and the colors range from brown, grey to green, teal and azure.

O.k. You’ve probably heard this before, but the stone does
‘talk to me’. Any other artist can attest. Maybe it’s imagination gone wild or maybe we actually see forms within the rock.
Here’s an example. I was gazing at this stone for some time until the image jumped out at me. A bedded bison. Away I began filing, chiseling, rasping. I paused, cracked a beer, stepped back and thought to myself… “this doesn’t look anything like a bison”. After gazing some more…bingo! A bobcat preparing to pounce and continued filing, rasping, chiseling. Hours later, I stepped back once again to evaluate…nope. Nothing like a cat. Eventually it became a walrus. Quite the transition!

Each carving isn’t completed until it has been sanded 7 times for the desired smoothness, from 180 grit to 2000, then heated to a point where tung oil or minwax can be applied. This finish is drawn into the stone and produces sheen as well as protection. 

Antler, on the other hand, is far too dense and requires power tools for creation. I am currently exploring abstract and free forms aside from Canadian wildlife. We are limited to our imagination aren’t we!

I like to think of myself as a messenger. A liaison between you and the stone or antler. I have the honor and obligation to free each piece and share it with the world.

Artistically yours,
Dennis Cound

Patrick Warburton and I on the set of "Flicka2" I was his stand in and managed to convince production dept. to allow this bear carving of mine into the movie. Patrick ended up purchasing it!

I made horse carved antler necklaces for the cast and crew. Actress Tammin Sursok shows us hers.


December 2013 local newspaper article...


Lieut- Gov. Iona Campagnolo was impressed with my work at an exhibit I had.