It’s the end of November 2018 and I have bundled up “The Three Bears” for the winter. I decided to seal them up to keep the water out with a coating of Behr’s Deck-Over in a light color, Here are a couple of pictures to give you an idea of how they look right now
The Winter is coming with their new coats on they should be stable until Spring.
The detailing on “The Bears” has started (Check out the toes) but the temperatures in the upper nineties have slowed me down a bit.
Now for the rest of the story. Even though I believe that the carving is going well- – – – for some reason the town of Loudonville has taken exception. It seems that the carving faces my home. The back is facing Market Street which is Ohio Route #3. The view from that direction has prompted a group of Locals refer to my home as the
“House with the
Biggest Bear Butts in Town!!!”
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I’ve been detailing a bit more this week. Check out the manicure job on the “Papa Bear’s” right paw.
And the rest of the story- – – – :
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I’ve begun to add two-part epoxy and have been experimenting with sculpting it.
It does the job, but is very difficult to control when applying it. It is easy to sand down into shape. I think that I’m using two much of the hardener because it is setting up within just a few minutes after I apply it.
Do any of you know how to smooth it in small areas while I am applying it?
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I’ve been experimenting with insulation foam and two-part epoxy with the intent of filling in the rotten center of tree. It appears to be going well, but it will be a week or so to see if the materials will hold up to the weather.
This is the way the bears looked back on St. Patty’s Day. You can see the rotten areas on and between the faces of Papa Bear and Mama Bear. I decided to name the bears so I can point out where I’m working from now on.
This is the same area as it is on May/12/2018.
The yellow colored stuff is the insulation foam that was applied, then carved to form Papa Bear’s chest, and Mama Bear’s cheek and body. The pink material on Mama and Papa Bear’s cheeks is the two-part epoxy that has been applied over the foam and partially shaped.
It’s early May and “The Three Bears” are almost roughed in. There have been several Folks stopping in for a closer look (Mostly local but there was a couple from Arizona as well), and if you’re in the neighborhood feel free to stop in. You’re always welcome.
I have posted four pictures from each of the four quadrants so here you go:
Here’s from the North-East
And finally the South-West
Incidentally there is a bunch of free firewood here,
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I’ve been puttering with “The Bears” throughout the Winter, but now the weather is smoothing out (Well this is Ohio so “Smooth” is a matter of interpretation). The pictures of “The Bears” shown below are taken from different angles.
This is the starting point for the 2018 season. Honestly it’s only a guess, but if everything goes well, the carving should be completed by late August of this year.
Incidentally, you may see some rather large pieces of wood shown in some of these photos. There are four pieces all roughly the same time. If anybody needs some free firewood – – – – Come and Get It!!!!