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Badger Skull A by DonSimpson Badger Skull A by DonSimpson
Carved badger skull.

I tried to keep the carving mostly simple and rough to match the texture of this particular skull.
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Ruselki Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely! 
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Thank you. :)
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BonesandBugs Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
This is amazing! What do you use to carve the bone?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Start with this essay, then send notes with any further questions:
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crazyruthie Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
this work has been featured in the :iconspirals-and-swirls: weekly feature! fav.me/d6wqjf1 :)
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lizzyj2217 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Thank you. :)
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:iconklody:
klody Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is hard to carve a skill?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
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/…
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klody Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah i saw that ill try with a dremel :) what you do is beautiful! Is there a site with great skull deal? :)
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
I don't know of any right now. Check with zhon; she had a sale a while back, and might have another: zhon.deviantart.com/art/Supply…
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klody Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks ;)
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
gorgeously done, a well honored creature!
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zendevil Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
WUT oAo
so amazing
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MissDeadRose Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student General Artist
This is lovely, it is a really beautiful piece. The carving is fantastic and really makes the whole thing stand out quite well.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Thank you. :)
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Zauberwercker Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Really inspiring!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
:)
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Skullartist Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional Artist
This looks really good- great job!! I paint skulls myself, not into carving yet. This is art I would love to learn, to carve in skulls. Really like what you did here!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Have you read my essay on skull carving: [link] ?
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Skullartist Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional Artist
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! !!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
I got that mask years ago from a big hardware store. I suspect they are available online. Even a cheap dust mask is better than nothing, but something well-fitting with good dust filters is better.
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Skullartist Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional Artist
I will dig deeper and find a better mask, as you say a cheap mask is better than nothing at all. But it would be good to have a proper mask with a good mask filter!
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OdditiesByErnie Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
very cool - what did you carve it with?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
For how I do my carvings, see my essay "Carving Skulls and Stuff" in the Information folder of my gallery.
[link]
Then, if you need more information, just send me a note. :)
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OdditiesByErnie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the info... your method is similar to how I have done it... I never used a hand file before... if you haven't tried them, dental drill bits work well on bone :)
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Dental bits are what I mostly use, except when I need something larger.
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OdditiesByErnie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Sweet... I have a few, but they are hard to come by :) -
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
I got most of mine at second-hand stores, just by chance.
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tomasfourhorns Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
As a practised shaman, I can truly respect the honor you gave to this animal's spirit. It's a beautiful piece of work! ^-^
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Thank you. :)
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tomasfourhorns Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course. 8]
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CrackerRican Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
what do you use to carve the skulls?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Here's the basic information: [link]

Send me a note with any further questions, after you've read this.
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CrackerRican Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
nvm i found it on here
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CrackerRican Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
thank you though
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Fantastic work!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
Thank you. :)
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RufflesnStripes Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
You are amazing at what you do........SERIOUSLY!!!!!!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Thank you. :)
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RufflesnStripes Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
My pleasure!!!! :D
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cubi Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't really comment around here anymore, but I have to say that this is absolutely gorgeous, and really plays with my imagination quite a bit.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Thank you. :) And I think you should post at least a few items on your DA page, as a sample and a lure to your other locations.
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Minotaur-Queen Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Very COOL!!! I love it! The carving is PERFECT FOR THE BADGER!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Thank you. I try to fit the carving to the shapes and textures, and the nature of the critter.
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zetsusama23 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Oh, wow. That's really neat, using a medium like that. What do you carve with, and what inspired you to work with animal skulls?

:+favlove:, and I do believe I'll be putting you on my deviantWatch.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
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.
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zetsusama23 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Ah, thank you. I'll read that.

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.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
You are quite welcome. :)
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RedBreed Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
There's something about this skull that intrigues me the most. I've never seen animal skull carving before. Lately I've been interested in Native American symbology.
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