2010 - Elkhound Howl


This would be a super easy pattern, except for all the fur. That constant in and out makes it a lot of work. Try carving it without the spikes of fur going in, then go back and add the fluff by carving lots of tiny parts out to give it that fur feel.

Looking around the internet I saw a picture of a wolf howling at the moon. Well, it just so happens that this year we added a dog to our family. His name is Koda and he is a Norwegian Elkhound. See http://www.youtube.com/user/MikeReedKS for all my YouTube videos, including several of Koda.

We took a few shots of Koda reaching for a banana in my daughters hand to get him to stand in the right pose, and with the help of Photoshop, *POOF* we had our new pattern. I think this one will be fairly easy to carve and as a family we just love it!!! We hope a few Elkhound lovers will see this an enjoy it as well.

About Elkhound

The Norwegian Elkhound is one of the ancient Northern Spitz-type breed of dog and is the National Dog of Norway. The Elkhound has served as a hunter, guardian, herder, and defender. In a land of subzero temperatures, deep snow, thick forests, and rugged mountains, only the hardiest of the breeds could evolve to perform the variety of jobs at which the Elkhound excels. It's known for its courage in tracking and hunting moose and other large game, such as bear or wolf. The Norwegian Elkhound was first presented at a dog exhibition in Norway in 1877.

The AKC breed name "Norwegian Elkhound" is a direct translation from its original Norwegian name "Norsk Elghund," meaning "Norwegian moose dog." The breed's goal in the hunt is to independently track down and hold the moose at bay — jumping in and out toward the moose, distracting its attention, while signaling to the hunters by barking very loudly — until the hunter who follows the sound can arrive to shoot it. The dog will only bark while the moose is stationary, but it can also slowly drive the moose towards shooters lying in wait. The Norwegian Elkhound is also used on a leash; in this mode of hunting the dog shows the hunter the direction to the moose, but keeps quiet.


Actual Carvings

Elkhound Howl