Oseberg Bear Tine

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Project by wood2art posted 05-05-2018 06:12 PM 989 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my new Tines that I made using some Quilted Big Leaf Maple I got from Oregon. It is very beautiful wood, but quite expensive. So it took a leap of faith to attempt to bend it. It does bend, but on my first attempt, I had some d-laminating with some of the heavy figure. After that, I was a bit more careful, and took it slower. The side and top details are carved from Maple burl.

The side details was inspired by the prow of the Oseberg Viking Longboat that sits in a museum in Oslo, Norway. The bear on the top is somewhat styled after the Zuni Indian bear fetish that is popular in the southwest. The top is held on with hidden pins on each side.

It is about 16” long, by 6” wide, by 7” high. Finished with a hand rubbed tung oil and urethane.

I have this for sale on my new website

-- Jim, Minnesota

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#1 posted 05-05-2018 07:23 PM

What wonderful delicate creation. Well done and beautiful wood.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#2 posted 05-05-2018 08:45 PM

Very Nice & Well Done!

Regards: Rick (Ontario,Canada)

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 05-06-2018 02:06 AM

I would like to hear about how you bent themaple

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#5 posted 05-06-2018 03:40 AM

Great job and imagination.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#6 posted 05-06-2018 09:14 AM

totally wonderful!!!

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#7 posted 05-06-2018 11:02 AM

Some magnificant work on that box. Nice looking wood too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 05-06-2018 12:27 PM

This is a wonderful piece and so nicely done. It’s a real eye catcher.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 05-06-2018 01:43 PM

A true work of art, thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#10 posted 05-06-2018 05:08 PM

Wow! No wonder they chose this as a Top Three.

Very original, outstanding handling of the details, and choice of wood. The bear fetish is great.

-- Dale

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#11 posted 06-28-2018 01:37 PM

Another very beautiful box. I will add one of these to my collection at some point!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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