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!!!!
I went out to work on the Bears this morning and found this!!!
I’m not sure who did it, but Thanks a bunch!!!
“You Made My Day”!!!!
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Here was the tree in early July of 2017.
The tree had just been topped to remove the upper branches, and about this time I began to see “BEARS”!!!!!
So anyway the Summer, Fall and now Winter rolled on, until now January 1st 2018 has arrived, and here is where the tree is today:
I am still working on it on days that the temperature is in the 20’s with low wind speed, but I don’t expect to make much progress until April.
Happy New Years Everyone,
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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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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,
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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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.