Black bear Ash stump

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Project by Patrick Burns posted 05-13-2019 12:41 AM 852 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Carved this black bear for Boulder Crest Retreat for veterans and recovering troops. Was a blast carving. Some very admirable gentlemen came down and watched as I carved. I was nervous at first but such great people made it so much easier!!

-- Pat B

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#1 posted 05-13-2019 01:53 AM

Came out great, and great short story.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 05-13-2019 01:56 AM

Nice work Patrick. What tools were used to do the carvings? I have seen them done from everything including chain saws, axes/hatchets, gouges, etc.

Regardless what you used, they came out nice. I am sure the veterans and recovering troops will appreciate / enjoy your work.


-- TheQueTip, Killeen Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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#3 posted 05-13-2019 01:57 AM

He looks great. A good cause too.Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 05-13-2019 02:45 AM

He made me sea sick sideways, by the seashore. So I set him straight by my say so in this sentence.

He needs to be where someone can just see him, driving by. He’d create a lot of conversations, because he looks pretty real.

Nice job, for a worthy cause. Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 05-13-2019 04:03 AM

That’s one nice Bear!!!

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#6 posted 05-13-2019 11:35 AM

WOW..that is a great carving! Looks real!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 05-13-2019 12:43 PM

Excellent work there. I assume it was done mostly with chainsaw? How would one maintain a sculpture like that from the elements?


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#8 posted 05-13-2019 01:53 PM

simply one beautifully carved bear at first thought he was real GREAT JOB :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#9 posted 05-13-2019 10:04 PM

This carving should be #1 today. Looks like the the stump was in good condition.
What did you color it with?
Should have taken photos with the standing room only crowd you must have attracted.

-- James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 05-13-2019 10:28 PM

Thanks guys, I used a saw to rough it out then switch to Chisels for the head.
Stained with Jacobean, the stump was actually hiding a massive ant colony within. It’s goin to stay where it is along a healing trail that follows a creek

-- Pat B

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#11 posted 05-15-2019 01:40 PM

Very heart warming and a great read. Oh and the Bear is perfect too

-- Imitating is the best form of flattery

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#12 posted 06-05-2019 07:50 AM

It is always nerve-wrecking to have spectators while we’re at work, isn’t it? But with the skills you possess, there is nothing to be nervous about!

-- Paul Chau, manager at:

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