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Carved Skulls A New Kind Of Art
Old bison skulls serve as a canvas for artist Kathleen Jenson, who carves flowers and nature scenes into them with a Dremel tool, and washes some of them with color.
  “My dad had some old bison skulls, and I wanted to do something different,” Jenson explains.
  She practiced carving on the forehead area of a broken skull and created roses after sketching a general design. She learned how to work with the heavy webbed area of the forehead to get depth and detail in her designs.
  “You have to work with the bone to bring the design out. The carving changes depending on the age, how deteriorated it is, and if it’s a bull or cow,” she says.
  Women have been her best customers at art expos, and she’s had a few people request custom work. Her first skull with a name/logo on it, became part of a music video by the band Moccasin Creek (“What She’s Got”).
  “I have done wolves and my dad is pushing for more masculine designs. I can do anything,” Jenson says. Many of her designs reflect native culture.
  She is fortunate to have the old skulls her dad saved, as they are expensive to purchase.
  Jenson sells her pieces for $800 to $1,200 depending on the skulls’ quality and if they have the black horn caps.
  “I’ve also started working with deer skulls. And I started making pendants out of some of the spare horn caps,” she adds.
  Her work can be seen on Facebook (Show Your Soul Arts).
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kathleen Jenson, Box 561, Churchbridge, Sask. S0A 0M0 Canada (ph 306 744-7277; kat.jenson@sasktel.net).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5