"Rallying Up" - Carved Moose Antler - Wolf Pair
"Rallying Up" - Carved Moose Antler - Wolf Pair
"Rallying Up" - Carved Moose Antler - Wolf Pair
"Rallying Up" - Carved Moose Antler - Wolf Pair
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"Rallying Up" - Carved Moose Antler - Wolf Pair

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Moose are native to the Northwoods of North America and they shed (lose) and re-grow their antlers every year.  This way, they start each mating season with brand-new head-gear for their battles for herd dominance and winning the intimate affections of the lady moose!  Moose may look docile, but they can turn aggressive and will charge and do some major damage to anyone who gets too close or otherwise ticks them off, particularly in the autumn when they mate.  This artwork is made from a naturally shed, real moose antler found on the ground in the wild and carved by the artist to depict an Alpha Wolf calling the pack to the hunt.  Boulders and holly tree branches are also carved into the natural antler material to provide depth and scope to the presentation. Measures 21 inches x 14 inches high x ~6 inches in depth and weighs slightly over 4 pounds.  The antler naturally "rests" on a shelf or mantle as shown.  The coloration of the carved regions of the sculpture are natural, showing the affect of minerals pumped into the antler by Mr Moose's metabolism as it grows.  The material of the antler is somewhat fibrous and density varies from bone-hard on the surface near the edges, to less dense/less-hard regions in the center.  This helps the antler stand up to the abuses of moose battles - tough enough on the surface to resist chipping, resilient enough on the whole to resist cracking/shattering. Sometimes they do break in a fight - this one is in great shape.  This is a nice and hard, thick antler that allowed me to get some depth to the sculpture.  The antler is mid-range in size, typical for a young bull in Idaho where this antler was found.  Over 200 hours of carving went into this sculpture - I hope you like it.