Smarter then the Average Bear

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Project by kolwdwrkr posted 04-03-2009 04:29 AM 1855 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m not sure if my blog set this project up for failure or success but here it is. You can blame Tom (ND2ELK) for the design inspiration. His hunting picture of the coyotes brought back memories. My dad used to take me out to help hunt coyotes with a rifle, but to also set marlin traps. This carving is in walnut. I’m sure that this design could have taken on a lot more detail, in fact I had some cat tails drawn in with a lake, had the tree pushed back with a branch broken off and laying on the ground, etc. But it all wouldn’t fit the scale I was after so I simplified it. All in all it was a fun little carving. It also gave me a reason to turn a mallet. My girlfriend was carving at the same time and was using the only mallet we have. So I made one out of maple. It’s not a fabulous mallet but I may post it after I get done carving on it. I have some chip carving to do on it.
Anyhow, this is how this carving could look like if we were bears:
As always I welcome all criticism positive or negative.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 04-03-2009 04:32 AM

A great carving. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 04-03-2009 04:46 AM

I like it, very funny. Nice job on that, the trap is cool. Overall shape is nice. Funny ,I found myself studying the black and white photo. Then I had to switch and see the great wood. Nice wood. LOL….......

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 04-03-2009 05:06 AM

Thats it, I’m calling the doctor for you, you crack me up. Like the work, but your the best piece in the house. LOL

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 04-03-2009 05:22 AM

It has that folk art touch. Simple and tells a good story.

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#5 posted 04-03-2009 07:02 AM

Glad I could be an inspiration for this piece. That is one smart bear there. Very nicely done as always. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 04-03-2009 12:20 PM

Keith, You are funny as usual but the carving is great. Keep up the good work you do.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 04-03-2009 12:30 PM

Very impressive Keith.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 04-03-2009 02:51 PM

lol. that is a cute carving. smart bear. lol

-- pat,ohio...

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#9 posted 04-03-2009 03:12 PM

Really nice carving.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 04-03-2009 05:13 PM

Very cool, but just carving impresses me, I wish I could do it! Very nice

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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