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The Moose is North America’s largest deer. Its enormous set of antlers can be 6 feet across and weigh as much as 40 Lbs. each. The largest Moose in North America are in Alaska with the most abundant north American population being on the Island of Newfoundland on Canada’s East Coast. Recent counts report up to 24.000 Moose in Gros Morne National park alone. The Park is being over-grazed by this Moose population and causing considerable damage to the park’s forest. Proposals to license more hunters within park boundaries to reduce the Moose population are being considered. The Moose were introduced to Newfoundland in 1904 and have been very successful in populating the entire island without wolves to control the expanding population.

The Frame is  7" x 7" square stained Hardwood. Round opening is 5" dia. Artwork is covered with a Clear Domed glass lens.

Giving rise to an idea for a carving can be a daunting experience. Whether you’re an Author, a Painter or any other creative pursuit a project has to begin with an idea! How does an artist generate an idea for a carving subject? Almost all of my inspiration comes from the natural world and I am equally delighted by all creatures, large or small. A small Hummingbird is incredibly beautiful as is North America’s largest deer, the Moose. The fragility of a small Butterfly must convey that delicate fragility in the carving in addition to the startling beauty of its design. The power and size of the Moose must also be expressed. The final piece may take days or weeks to complete and once completed, the wood must be sealed with a durable finish and left to cure in preparation for casting a mold. The sealing and painting process must not lose or diminish any of the fine details of the hand-carved original. 

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