Polar Bear - tupelo carving on walnut and epoxy base

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 03-22-2011 03:33 AM 1830 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a prototype for a carving class. Foredom power carvers with Saburr-tooth burs along with Foredom typhoon bits for the details.
Tremclad white spray paint was used to seal the wood and the highlights were done with acrylic paints.
To make a tight fit with the bear and the walnut base, bondo was cast and carved. Shaped to show irregularity of the snow and contrast with the walnut a bit of motion can be simulated.
I apologize for the quality of the photos.

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#1 posted 03-22-2011 05:21 AM

nice treatment here Roman, I like this one slightly over the ash one, they are quite different all the same.
Great carving on both as always :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 03-22-2011 05:46 AM

Great anatomy and expression – really captures the essence of the polar bear! Sweet!

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#3 posted 03-22-2011 06:10 AM

lovely, very nice and lots of potential

Have you ever carved with Bob Lavender ?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 03-22-2011 06:15 AM

I know Bob but have not carved with him. I was before his time!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#5 posted 03-22-2011 02:51 PM

Wow, even with these photos I can see how natural a job you did with this carving. The underside in the first photo looks almost ‘soft’ to the touch… like fur. I like the stand treatment as well, there is some movement.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#6 posted 03-22-2011 03:01 PM

Love how he is just lumbering along. :) His face expression is absolutely precious!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#7 posted 03-22-2011 05:34 PM

Great job

Thanks for sdharing


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#8 posted 03-22-2011 06:58 PM

That a beauty!

Great looking bear, like the way you put it all together. The motion, how his feet are on the ground and the base. It’s all good.


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

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