Last Fall, I had a customer bring in a nice Bighorn Ram. He left how it was to be mounted up to me and said "Just make it look cool and make it look unique". So I ordered a couple different sheep forms, stuck them together and had a support stand welded up and I was off and running...sorry about the other items in the picture...other projects I was working on.
Here is a picture of the finished Stag base...you can see more pictures of it in the Deer and Gameaheads section under African/Exotic Gamehead of the Month - May 2012 .
Sheep Base: I originally started with a nice wood base I had a cabinet guy make me up for me...I could have made this work, and I'm sure it would have come out quite nicely, but my customer did say "Make it Unique..."
Wrong thing to say to me. So here is where the fun began...I was out cutting some old root for a Student's project he was working on when I eyed this piece of root and I said to myself..."I think I can make that work as the support for the sheep"... well after some drilling and carving, and a long piece of 3/4 solid square stock, I was ready to see if it was going to work. With the help of my student we set the rock with the sheep on it in place and reluctantly let go and stepped back. It worked...I nailed it on my first attempt. Better to be lucky than good sometimes I always say
. That little base supported the whole mount and yes, it was very stable! I attached a picture of the Student's bobcat on the other piece of root we cut, it was habitat and base all in one. All we did was trim it a bit so it would hang on the wall.
How I get these things to balance sometimes is beyond me...
After I got it all done, I felt it was lacking color so I added some grass and some small aspen trees...
I will post a professional picture of the completed piece soon, camera phones only work so well!