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Bobcat 01 by DonSimpson Bobcat 01 by DonSimpson
A carved bobcat skull strung on a cord with selected bone beads. The skull is abour 4-1/2 inches long.
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Nightshade-Nocturna Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the first and favprite piece i ever saw!
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Nightshade-Nocturna Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
kewl
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khazwindnafuto Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's awsome! How did You get a bobcat skull?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Thank you. :)

I get skulls from several places: The Bone Room [link] (a store in my area), taxidermists I have found on deviantART (such as Zhon and Morrokko), eBay, people (including myself) who find them in the wild, and people who get them from unknown places and have me carve them. This skull was from The Bone Room.
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khazwindnafuto Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I wish shop like this was in my country :( But it's not. I envy You :P And You did a great work. It's beautiful. :)
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Are you sure there isn't one? Anyway, I am indeed fortunately located for skull shopping. And I'm glad you like my work.
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khazwindnafuto Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I am sure :( I can buy skulls only on pages like eBay but skulls are really rare.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Well, there are the deviantART taxidermists; you can ask them for advice on getting skulls (I've bought skulls from some of them). Here are some that I know of, there are probably a lot more:

AcidConfetti [link]
Morrokko [link]
Zhon [link]
Minotaur-Queen [link]
Illahie [link]
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khazwindnafuto Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes but is illegal to but skulls from other countries - that's the problem. I can get some skulls but anly from huntsman who get licence for killing animals and those skulls will belongs to deers, roe-deers, muflons, foxes, boars but I'm affraid this is all. It's almost impossible to get bobcat's or another carnivora.
Anyway thank You for help :) Pleace create more beautifull things with skulls and let me enjoy them :)
And sorry for my bad English ^^'
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
I cannot get some kinds of skulls where I live, due to the laws, though I can get coyote and bobcat and various others. I find fox skulls good to carve.
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jsmokey49 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
beautiful
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RufflesnStripes Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!! :heart:
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AutumnsWolf Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
That's really neat!
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Linhorra Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
I love the pattern you carved in this one!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
:) Thank your. :)
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Mikestoner221 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is by far one of the coolest things I have ever seen! Great job!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
Thank you. :)
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GhostSender Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Are you making your own beads?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
I almost always use commercial beads. When I need a bead I cannot find, I will make it myself.
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Silver-Aura Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Oh, nevermind~ I read the comments. :C

I really wanted this one~ <3
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
well, I should have another one in a while; not exactly the same, though.
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Silver-Aura Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
I look forward to it~ I adore your skull carvings. <3
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Silver-Aura Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
Wow, how gorgeous! Is this fellow for sale?
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maxwildcat Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
:)
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MaX-DooM Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
That is so cool!!!
How did you make the beads?
How dose it fasten?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Thank you. :)

I bought the beads (from several places). they are all real bone beads (there are a lot of plastic imitations of the type of long bead I used).

It fastens by tying a knot in the cord. I generally use a single bow knot, so it is easy to untie.
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MaX-DooM Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
I'd not thought of using bone beads before. I guess it makes more sense to but those than spend time making them unless they where going to be something really special.
Have you seen [link]
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
I have made my own when I felt I needed a special design. I hadn't seen that video. I'm not too impressed, but there are a lot of fantastically good bone carvers in New Zeland (and I suspect there are plenty more in other places). Look here:
[link]=p&type=subcat1&string=Feature%20Artist:%20Kerry%20Thompson
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MaX-DooM Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Before even clicking I recognised the name from the URL!! Mr. Kerry Thompson made the first bone carvings I saw in New Zealand ... I've not looked back since!

The other links are great too thanks very much for those :handshake:
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Thompson is awesome. I would love to be that good someday.... :)
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Hmmm. That first link seems to be too long for the deviantART software. Go there and then click on "Jewellery" in the red bar.
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anquex Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
simply fantastic! and it's a wonderful display! well presented!
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Khanie Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
Thats awsome! it looks so fragile.. By the way, where do you find all these skulls?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner May 11, 2008
Currently, mostly from a local store, The Bone Room. But also from eBay, *Zhon and others.
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aliledesma Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008
I love skulls! Your carving is amazing!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
Thank you. :)
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oo0shed0oo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
This is quite fabulous
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
Thank you. :)
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immortaldesigns Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very cool! I can't believe you caved it.. that's amazing! :)
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007
Thank you. I find bone to be an excellent carving material.
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immortaldesigns Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've never really thought of carving skulls before.. i'll have to keep my eyes open next time I go to the beach. :)
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khoBox Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
hey u sell these?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007
Yes I do. This particular one is sold. I also do commissions.
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khoBox Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
where can i find the comission info ?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
Send me a note. Currently, you have to do this the hard way, by going to your message area and from there to the note area.
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Fire-Redhead Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Totally tribal! I'd LOVE to wear this for my huntress costume this Halloween!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007
This one's sold, but I do commissions. :)
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Fire-Redhead Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmm... :idea:
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Professional
Truly inspired piece friend,
Subtle as always, but integrated perfectly.
I've been collecting skulls my whole life,never purchased one, except the human(lab specimen). Just found them in my wanderings ,then friends started adding to my group. They always helped me model my sculptures of animals.
We should compare our collections sometime.Or perhaps exchange photos. That actually would help me allot...
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
I don't have a skull collection, and all my pictures are here. Stuff comes in, sits a while, and then goes on. I do have lots of little bits of rock, shell, and whatnot on hand, and a couple of coyote skulls, but that's more "materials" than "collection"....
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