That depends on what you regard as hard. There are necessary precautions, and equipment that makes it easier. I've written an essay on how I do it, and you can read that, and then send me a note with any questions: donsimpson.deviantart.com/art/…
Damn. No I haven't. But I will! Now first question is- where the hell did you get your awesome protective mask from? I have only used a simple piece of shit mouth and nose protection mask when I have tried some carving stuff. Did not think it was too great. Need a better mask. Thank you for sharing the link to your essay- I sure will read it! !!
I have an essay on the how, called "Carving Skulls and Stuff". It's in the Information folder in my gallery, and there's a link to it in the "Welcome" box on my main page.
Several years ago I was given a coyote skull that had washed out of a red clay bank out in the country during the spring rains. I spent a long time cleaning it and repairing it as much as was possible (parts were crunched), and that led into carving and adding bits. It was my dealer table mascot for a while, but I sold it to someone who valued it greatly. So a friend got me some other skulls to carve, and it went on from there.
That's awesome, really. Besides your amazing craftsmanship, what with always complimenting your medium and what-not, I should also say it takes a truly great person to reply to all these questions. Thanks for responding, it really does mean a lot, especially when you have so many others following your work.
I haven't seen much animal skull carving myself, though I'm not the only one here who has done it. There is a lot of human skull carving in various countries, such as Tibet, but I don't know of any culture that has an animal skull carving tradition. But, being given a coyote skull, and having done a lot of bone carving, I decided to try expressing the impression it gave me, and that was the start.
I like a lot of Native American symbology, though I tend to use mainly European Paleolithic....
wow, this looks amazing! what tools do you use to carve? damn that i was still too small when my grandpa was still hunting, now i could like to work on something like that. a friend is about to get me some elk bones so i can try some things out with that new material ^^