Winter’s Closing In 11/22/2017

Hi Folks,

Officially winter is still a month away, but my internal “Shiver Clock” says it’s time to wrap up the carving until spring. The carving is pretty well on track up as far as the “rough-in” is concerned, at least on three sides of the tree. Here is where “The Bears” are at this point in time:

 Annette, my neighbor from across the street, stopped over the other day to check on my progress and told me that I should published a picture to give you readers an idea of the actual scale of this carving. Along with giving you an idea of size, this photo will also show you what a good looking fellow that I am:

This will be the final newsletter concerning “The Bears” until spring, however, I have a couple of ideas for new polymer clay sculptures that I will be exploring in the next few months, so stay tuned.

Happy Holidays to You All,

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The Bears – – – 11/9/2017

I’ve been beating this tree to death for over 3 months now, and as of today, here’s what I’ve accomplished so far: (Check out the previous Newsletters)

The standing bear’s head is still too large, but it is still completely in solid wood. The major consideration that I have had to take into account on this carving has been that the tree has a rotten center. This condition has changed the design of the carving several time, but at this point, the design is pretty well “Locked-In”

This is the inside of the tree just above the sitting cub’s ears. I suspect it was caused by “Carpenter Ants” and that somewhere inside this tree the nest is still active. (I haven’t seen any ants.)

The weather is beginning to change, but I would still like to complete the “roughing-in” of at least the “Standing Bear” before winter puts an end to the carving for the year.

We’ll see how it goes,

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The Bears – – – 10/26/2017

Hi Folks,

We have a couple of rainy days coming this weekend so I thought I’d publish a bit early this week.

The rough-in on the carving is nearly done, at least to the point that if I’ve made a major mistake on the positioning of the three bears, it’s going to appear in the final carving.

The next newsletter will probably be published in early November, but if you and your kids will be in the area “Trick or Treating” on Saturday, you’re welcome to come into the yard and take a closer look.

Don’t feed the Bears any candy,

 

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October 18th and the Bears

I’ve been busy on other things for the last few days. Check out my Walker’s Walk-Abouts Newsletter, however there is still a bit of a change in “The Bears”.

I’ve started to move around the tree and define the standing bear a bit more. Check out the black magic marker lines to get a better idea of the bear’s dimensions.

We had our first frost here in Loudonville last night which tells me that winter is closing in. I suspect that I will still have a good month of carving left this year, but after that “The Bears” and I will probably go into hibernation until spring.

I’ve got a couple of ideas for polymer clay sculptures that should keep be busy during the winter months.

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So Much Time- – – So Little Done.

Hi Folks,

Since I last published, I’ve removed a bunch of wood, but haven’t advanced the carving in any significant way.

I’ve been working on the “Standing Bear”, but right now it looks more like a bear wearing a football helmet. The head needs to move to the left and down slightly. The (Maybe) problem is that I’m getting close to the hollow inner core.

This next week will tell!!!!

Maybe a step forward—-Maybe a lot of firewood,

 

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Bear Tree 9/24/2017

I got my chainsaw back up and running, thanks to Dale at Chain Saws Direct (If you need any type of “Power Yard Equipment give them a shout at Chain Saws Direct , Great Folks to deal with.)

Here’s where we are today with the carving:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And someday when you walk from the back of the house to the front:
You’ll see a finished version of this.

If you plan to visit the Loudonville Street Fair, stop by the Stonewall Gallery for a closer look at the “Bear Tree”,

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Bear Tree 9/17/2017

My chainsaw went belly-up, so I’ve been removing wood with a gouge and a hammer. Having said that, here is where I am today.

 The head of Bear #2 is roughed in, but still a long way to go.

Incidentally, there are beginning to be several Folks stopping by to get a better look at the carving. If you are in the neighborhood feel free to stop by.

Hopefully I’ll have the chainsaw back in service next week,

 

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