Here is a challenging project brought to you by Desiree Hajny. The pattern is included in the pullout section; be sure to pay special attention to the hair flow and details.
The antlers are carved from separate pieces of wood. When roughing them out, use larger tools or burrs to remove the waste wood. As they get thinner and more fragile, be sure to brace the antlers against a piece of wood or hard surface to help keep them from breaking. Drill holes for sockets and insert the antlers—make sure that you have the right and left ones in properly. Use wood glue to hold in place.
Remove unwanted wood. Brace the antler against a piece of wood or a hard surface to help keep it from breaking during the shaping stage. Drill holes and insert the antlers. Make sure that the right and left antlers are inserted properly. Glue with yellow wood glue.
Desiree Hajny has been involved in the arts for the past thirty-one years as a teacher in both the private and public sectors, as the author of six books, as a contributor to seven other magazines, and as a contributing editor to several periodicals in the United States and abroad. Desiree has been creating wildlife wood sculptures full-time since 1985. She continues to teach seminars throughout the United States and Canada.