A commission moose shed carving for some BC Parks employees. My inspiration was actual pictures of their camp and annual elk trip. The different shades of stain add to the contrast, perspective and depth to the piece, from the snow capped Rockies to the dense evergreens. The base is weathered fir and a burned elk. Thank you, Blair and Sarah, for choosing me to create this and challenge myself.
This beautiful one of a kind, signed carving, depicts North America's wildlife and it's necessary relationship between carnivore and herbivore.
Included in the piece are; (carnivore)cougar, wolf( with glass eyes), coyote, grizzly bear and cubs, and (herbivore), moose, Whitetail deer and fawn, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, elk and caribou. On the spikes, some of our birds are represented like; eagle, raven, great horned owl, hawk, heron and dove with nesting young. Even a squirrel. Both sides are connected with Canada's mascot, the BEAVER which rests upon a maple leaf.
The carving sits 41/4" above the base and is supported by two 1/2" diameter brushed aluminum rods. The base is a beautiful local 20 pound abstract piece of serpentine stone. With such colors as blue, teal, beige, black and white, it contains all of the colors of North America's earth and water.
Witnessing all in their natural habitat as a locomotive engineer traveling through the Rockies and Fraser Canyon, my love and appreciation has grown for them. Therefore, I have created this "Circle of Life" portrait in honor of everything that we stand to lose.
"Railway Pyke Crane"
Presented to a retired Railway employee who worked this machine for 25 years.
"The River Ranch"
The River Ranch is a commissioned Moose antler carving of a working ranch near Williams Lake B.C. It is noted for the Clydesdale horses that work the farm that is nestled within hoodoos, plateaus and rivers. I used a heavy gauge wire to represent the supports for the covered wagon and thinner, darker wire for the reins. I feel they provide an added dimension to the piece. It's mounted onto a simple, weathered beam of oak, which probably has a few stories to tell of it's own.
A nostalgic collection of images from my travels. The jumping buck gives the illusion of leaping out of the carving, over the wire fence.
Moose antler/ Maple base. Six months in the making, this piece is laden with hummingbirds and lilies. To create a three dimensional effect, I have fixed two small perched hummingbirds, from elk antler, waiting for an opportunity to feed. This piece took 6 months! 24x12x20
"Hook, Line and sinker"
A fisherman lands the big one. Unfortunately, you can't see actual fishing line from his reel to a fly caught in the fish's mouth.
Moose antler with small whitetail support spike. A wired fence encases an old country themed carving of an abandoned homestead with a church in the distance. Note the other wired fence alongside the church. 14x10x16.
"Stoney Creek Hotshot"
An AC4400 locomotive crosses the Stoney Creek bridge, deep in the Roger's Pass. It hauls it's containers through several tunnels.
What's interesting is that I squared the antler frame and used an abstract iceberg to contain the killer whales.
"Bird of prey"
Eagle carved moose antler. The interesting base is serpentine stone. This projects the forward to represent flight.
Moose antler carving of a rearing horse. Here is a close up of the saddle carved into the base.