Introduction: Sculpting a Longhorn Steer Skull

About: Retired teacher. Gardener, woodworker, bird enthusiast, and maker of things.

One my son in laws is an avid Texas fan so for Christmas last year I carved him a longhorn steer skull.


Pine wood

Arbortech Plane

Gaff speedcutter

Bandsaw helps




Carving knives


Ear protection

Eye protection

Are the main tools required

Step 1: I Started With the Horns

The first part of this carving were the horns. Then glued up and roughed out the skull.

Step 2: Keep Looking for the Skull “within”

Once I had the skull roughed out I began carving, using all the tools I had to make it as easy as I could.

Step 3: Keep Looking for the Shape of a Skull

Again using everything I could think of to continue making the shape of a skull I used. Adding details helps it to look more like a longhorn steer skull.

Step 4:

Step 5: Taking a Risk

I wasn’t happy with the eyes of the skull so I made a move that could have ruined the entire project.

Step 6: Long Story Short

If you don’t want the nitty gritty details, this is a shortened video of the entire build. Hope you enjoyed it and thanks for voting.

Sculpting Challenge

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