The Hunter - Basswood Sculpture

Doug Horne

The Hunter - Basswood Sculpture

Doug Horne
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16" x 4 1/2" x 3" In a small village on the coast a young boy grew up watching his father hunt. He begged his father each time he went out to take him along on his hunting trip. His father always told him when he was old enough he would join him. He watched his father walk off into the forest, and he sat all day waiting for him to return. Then it began to get dark and his father still had not returned. The boy’s mother came to get him and told him to have dinner and get to bed. The next day the other men of the village went in search of the hunter and found nothing but a deer carcass and wolf tracks all around it. They returned and told the wife what they had found, believing her husband was gone she told her son his father was killed by the wolves. The boy grew up to become a hunter like his father was. One day he took down a deer with his arrow. As he was cleaning and preparing the deer, he looked into the trees surrounding him and could see an enormous wolf watching him. The wolf circled in on him closer and closer, until they were face to face. The young man looked into the eyes of the wolf, and saw his father’s eyes. He returned to the village and told his mother and grandmother what had happened. They told him that his father had returned to the wolf people and came to reassure him that he is ok now. And that is what is represented on this wolf carving. The face on the chest of the wolf is the hunter who transformed back to his wolf form.
- Doug Horne

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