This is a Maori hook I carved from cow bone. Carving bone is a pretty slow process...I carved this over the course of two days.
Carving a personal 'totem' like this is kind of like a journey. It's a very personal experience...
After all the time and hard work invested, and holding something so pure and beautiful... something that you carved, is an experience everyone should have (but so few do).
Before you carve your Hook, I recommend reading up on Maori culture. It's very fascinating and helps give you the inspiration you'll need for the 'journey' ahead.
Step 1: Pattern
When picking a cow bone to carve, make sure it is white as paper. If it is in any way translucent or yellow, it contains grease. Grease will wreck your carving! Do not carve greasy bone!
You can get bone from PetsMart. It's in the form of cleaned bone dog toys (the ones made of REAL cow bone). You may even have a bone in your yard, dropped by some else's dog (or your own!).
From here on out, safety glasses are a must!
Step 2: Rough Carving
My blade is too wide to cut out the middle part, so I'll remove that with a jewelers saw in the next step.
I drilled a hole so I would have to remove less material with the jewelers saw.