Eagle Sculpture


Artisan: Jase Carson.

Art form: Antler (Shed) Carving.

Updated Feb 10th.



     This is my 25th piece in it's completion. A gift made for my Mother's...*ahem*...29th Birthday *wink wink*. It is also my second go with carving's within carving. While it may lack realism within it's contours and roundness, I am stil learning. :P

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     This is my 26th piece in it's completion. Tiny isn't it? Perhaps 7" wide and 4" tall, it is indeed the smallest 'bird' I've made to date. (Out of boredom and lack of materials I might add.)

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    The bottom two pictures are of my 4th piece. While still lacking in basic head shape, it was my first piece using a 'feather duplicate' process. Although the piece itself is finished, the 'hole' you can see was made for a fitted Dreamcatcher using light and dark green beads and dark brown leather. This however, has not been completed and therefore the piece, to me at least, remains unfinished.

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    The following two pictures are of my 5th piece. As you can see, my head shaping skill is beginning to form, although in a 'Hawk' / 'Eagle' hybrid looking manor, and as well, my 'feather duplicate' process coming along nicely. Shape and proportion are becoming apparent in different lighting positions, so all future projects will be planned further before beginning.
    The long empty line was purposely made for a light leather 'braided criss-cross' design, however due to unforeseen troubles in nail/staple placement, this is coming slowly. As well with my 4rth piece, I consider this, unfinished.

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UPDATE

Ah! The day has come. After 6 months in the making, my fifth piece is complete! Resanded, reoiled, finally leatherized, it is complete.



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    Enter my 6th Piece. Unlike certain artistic or work gifts, I cannot seem to improve speed and technique. The process of head, body, feathers and details, is different with each piece and therefore, I'm finding it difficult to 'replicate' certain aspects.

    As with my 4rth, and 5th pieces pictured above, this is unfinished, in the sense that a Dreamcatcher is lacking.

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Aug 07, 2002 UPDATE

Ah! The day has come. After 9 months in the making, my sixth piece is complete! Resanded, reoiled, finally leatherized, it is complete.

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    Lucky number 7. I'm proud of the grandiose` detailing, size, and effort I've put into this piece; however, the head seems almost plastic, as if molded. While it may have a certain abstract feel that may appeal to some viewers, to myself, wherein detail and realism is a personal must, I am a tad disappointed.

    If you'll notice, the stand has been drilled with three holes. Not a mistake. Placed in either hole, my Eagle can seem to: 1.) swoop downwards. 2.) float adrift horizontally or 3.) soar upwards. A great idea I'll be implementing in all future works. Please enjoy.

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    My 8th piece. This was rather tedious. While it is the smallest piece I've done it has the same detail; the same amount of time went into the detailing, as my other works. The shed itself, is also the oldest I've worked with, acquired in 1974.

    Perhaps it does look shoddy, what with the darker patches as if I had not sanded it properly, however because of the water? damage to the shed from improper storage, it could not be helped. (Re: Discoloration). It has been properly sanded, smoothed, and polished, and although I demand perfection from all work I do, I can live with myself. heh. *Glares at the grayish discolorations*

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    My 9th and final piece of the 2002 summer. My most detailed piece yet; 2 months of shaping, a month of sanding, another month of feather carving. I am proud of this accomplishment.

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     My tenth piece. Large Elk Sheds found from a friend of mine. Given to me as a gift in exchange for a bone ring. The head is perfect. The feathers are few, but it is SPOTLESS. Light water discoloration blemishes, but purely smoothed using from 80-250 grit sandpaper.

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     My eleventh piece. In trying to recreate my 6th piece (See. Above); this was my result. I'm finding, or lack thereof, that finding "uncolored white" sheds to be near impossible. However, beggars can't be choosers. This was my result.

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     My 12th piece. Perfection. I have yet to see on-line or with mine eyes such a pure example of originality or unblemishment. A near colorless shed. (NO water discoloration) Pure untreated leather. No synthetics or manmade materials used in finality. Just nature and me.

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     Unlucky 13. I used the most ugly, unproportionatly sized and discolored piece I've found yet. This ugly duckling however, has turned out beautifully. Aside from the hole left for a Dreamcatcher, it is complete.

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     Believe it or not, this is the 2nd piece I've done. However, the person whom I gave it too, wanted to...spruce it up upon seeing my current work. This is the result. (It is now my 14th piece in progression though).

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     My 16th. I won't bore you with text and words, but instead allow this piece to talk for me.

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     My 17th. (At this point...my digital camera's flash has died. After 1 year, it is not longer on warranty, and I will need to purchase a new digi-cam. Please pardon the low lighting and focus).

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Updated pieces below : November 1st/2003




     This is my 16th piece in it's finality. My cousin's memorial trophy is adorned with his picture, a baseball signifying what was to be his profession, and his eagle soaring. This trophy is now the main Scholarship award for an Alberta, Canada college of which the selected few each year will have their name engraved side by side to my cousin, Justin.

His is remembered with love, admiration, and is truly missed beyond measure. I am honored that my work is present in a homage to Justin, his school, and his career.

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- Carson, Jase