Carved in Bone: A Look Inside S.O.B. Skulls

Carved in Bone: A Look Inside S.O.B. Skulls

carved_in_bone_3_smSeth O'Hara Bellamy's skull art isn't created using lasers or advanced machinery. It's much simpler than that. Bellamy uses his grandfather's dental drill to transform your European mount into an intricate conversation piece.


The Texas-born artist and owner of S.O.B. Skulls uses the ancient art of filigree (which began as a delicate kind of jewelry metalwork) to create these curling and twisting designs. The model whitetail skull now displayed at the Petersen's Hunting offices provides new discoveries at nearly every glance.


Subtle, varying angles in the carvings seem to add a thousand different ways to view what would normally be just a set of antlers. The sharp line work cut into the bone gives depth to the design — like a maze with no end.  It can be personalized, too. Bellamy often engraves details of the hunt on the skulls, everything from caliber, rifle, and length of the shot to the name of the hunter.

He's also designed state outlines, logos, and emblems for the center of the head.


"If you have a skull that has a story," Bellamy says, "let me carve it in bone."

Check out our exclusive interview with Bellamy:

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