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  • What do you do with a Victorian Antler?

    Well, I hadn't got a clue, so I filed it away in the "may be useful" box about 5 years ago.

    Then when we knew we would be doing workshops during Dorset Art Weeks at the end of this month, and a working craft display at Sherborne I thought aha! I'll weave some of the leftover bits of seating and basketry materials into a........"thing" and take it along.

    Here it is......



    I've christened it "Woven World". Do you like it, should I make more "things" like this? Will people be interested? All comments welcomed.
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  • #2
    That is very attractive, easy on the eye. How strong is the handle? I love baskets but not for ornamental purposes, I love using them. I can see what prompted the name. Very, very nice.
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    • #3
      What a fantastic idea! We've got a small red deer antler bleaching in the sun at the moment, I think OH has his eye on it for knife handles though.
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      • #4
        Very nice. I have a walking stick that my dad made with an antler handle. Its great.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Critchley View Post
          That is very attractive, easy on the eye. How strong is the handle? I love baskets but not for ornamental purposes, I love using them. I can see what prompted the name. Very, very nice.
          Thank you Carol! The weaving passes through holes I've drilled through the ends of the antler so it is really strong. It's a big basket, about 19" all round and shaped like a shell underneath, I thought it would be good for displaying dried flowers maybe?
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          • #6
            Ha ha! That's brilliant! I was going to suggest chopping it all up into reproduction Tudor little things and selling them to me but your solution is soooooooooooo much more creative. (I love the colours and patterns of the body of the basket.)
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            • #7
              Wow that's amazing! Do you have a side view as well so we can get an idea of depth?

              It's so unusual, I love it!


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              • #8
                Originally posted by monkeyloulou View Post
                Wow that's amazing! Do you have a side view as well so we can get an idea of depth?

                It's so unusual, I love it!
                Really pleased you like it - thanks!

                I've posted some other photos on flickr here http://www.flickr.com/photos/1601460...7623454526999/
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                • #9
                  I love it. I love baskets of all shapes, sizes, materials and textures - this one hits the spot on all counts!
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                  • #10
                    I love it, you should definately make more 'things' ..lol
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                    • #11
                      hehe, that's brilliant
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                      • #12
                        I like this, antler is easy to carve, you could do a variation with stripes carved on the handle (alternating the natural color and the internal white color)

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                        • #13
                          I made another thing

                          Originally posted by missie View Post
                          I love it, you should definately make more 'things' ..lol
                          Well I've got the bug now. This latest "thing" has been made out of part of a buddleia tree we took down about five years ago that has been sitting outside ever since. I've called it a "log basket", not because it will hold logs, but because it is made out of a log and has some basket weaving around it - suggested uses on a postcard please!!!

                          Log basket.jpg

                          I couldn't bring myself to sell the original "thing" I made, (antler basket), so it is to be put to silent auction/sealed bid and the winner revealed after our last show in October. I didn't know what price to ask for it anyway, so decided that it will go to the highest bidder and then 75% of the proceeds will go to the Macmillan nurses charity. Do you think thats a good idea?
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                          • #14
                            I think that's a lovely idea. I have to say I can't think of a use as such for your second "thing", other than just being ornamental - and hey, what's wrong with that? I can see it looking lovely sat in someones conservatory............

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                            • #15
                              this is what my friend Gary does with antlers. They look even better in real life. He is a wonderfull artist in many mediums. And one of the beauifullist people ever
                              sally

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