No moose were harmed in the making of this blog post!
Inspiration: Yet another birthday gift for a friend of mine to give to her husband. Either I have creative friends or lucky husbands. Or both. She led me to Simply Swider’s website and asked if I could do something similar. The following is my interpretation of their How To.
Materials: I used a bunch of reclaimed materials laying around the shop including, but not limited to: neighbor’s old cedar fence, left over 100-year old barn wood from California used during a wedding and pallets. To achieve the fun(ky) look to it, I took all of the boards outside then went back into the garage and grabbed all of the different stains and paints I had.
Note: Simply Swider has a great post on different faux aging finishes as well as the moose, check it out! Stained one board blue, one red, one white, one natural, painted one and then sanded them down to faux age some of the newer materials. The 100-year old barn wood was already aged to perfection.
Construction: I followed the How To pretty closely, but I added some steps. One was to add biscuits between the boards to ensure security and uniformity between drastically different materials. After the board of boards was built, I drew the sketch of the moose on a thin piece of plywood. This allowed me to line up the moose where I wanted it, provided a way to see while I cut and, again, stabilized all the boards together. The next step was to carve the moose out of the mishmash of boards. Skillsaw is the perfect tool for this job. The moose is loose!
Simply Swider hangs the moose with a traditional wire hanger, but I recently purchased a key hole bit for my router and was looking for a hanging to try it out. The key hole bit cuts a large hole, but as you sink it into the material the small shaft then cuts a small slot to hold the nail or screw head as you move it up the hanging. It allowed the moose to sit flush up against the wall as opposed to having it hanging off of it. For the moose, I cut three holes, two on the tips of the antlers and one near the center of gravity. This should make it easy to hang in any position or angle utilizing one, two or all three of the holes.
Here’s what the moose head looks like mounted on the wall:
Lessons Learned: Having a wife is pretty amazing. I would recommend them (if only for the birthday gifts)!
Honoring older and reused materials takes a little patience, biscuits and a whole lot of glue! There are plenty of people out there doing what you do, letting them inspire you is as exciting for them as it is for you (just make sure you give them credit and some props)!