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Waving Black Bear with Catfish

  • January 23, 2016
Waving Black Bear with Catfish

This 5' tall waving black bear holding a catfish was a custom commission from a client in Forest, Virginia. They wanted a friendly bear to place in their circular driveway. Behind their home there is a catfish pond.    

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Christmas Bear Clan

  • December 6, 2015
Christmas Bear Clan

Mark's Poppyseed, Dually and Rusty chainsaw carved wood bears are coming out of hibernation for Christmas! With orders arriving from all over the country, here is the first clan ready to take the polar express to their new owners. We always knew there was something special about these bears' sweet expression. They're like Teddy Bears!

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Kit Fox arrives at the dentist

  • November 29, 2015
Kit Fox arrives at the dentist

This larger-than-life 3-foot friendly kit fox was commissioned by Kitfox Pediatric Dentistry in Aiken, South Carolina. Their business logo is a fox, and so the owners wanted a child-safe mascot for the waiting area of their dentist office. They wanted kids to be able to play and climb on her if they wanted. The extra-wide base of this wood sculpture keeps her from toppling over, and Mark slightly rounded and softened the edges of the ears, tail and muzzle. The clients wanted a mix between a realistic...

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Lynchburg Living interviews Mark

  • September 2, 2015
Lynchburg Living interviews Mark

The September/October issue of Lynchburg Living magazine hit the stands and included an awesome feature on Mark's wood sculptures and chainsaw carving. They asked some great questions about his inspiration, process and aspirations. I think you'll enjoy Mark's answers! Mark, you work in several different mediums of art, so how did wood carving become your main focus? I’ve drawn most of my life and have done a lot of portrait, abstract and graphic work. I had always wanted to do sculpture. Marble...

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Featured in Central Virginia HOME magazine

  • August 29, 2015
Featured in Central Virginia HOME magazine

Earlier this spring, Mark's wood sculptures were featured in Central Virginia HOME magazine. Read about how Mark approaches his work and creates art.   Wonders in Wood For wood carver Mark Poleski, being an artisan is truly a full-time job, born from a lifelong love for art of all mediums. “Early on, I constantly would draw to hone my skills,” says Poleski. “I always wanted to work in 3D, to sculpt in stone or wood.” Happily, this artisan made his wishes come true,...

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Brown bear sculpture for the fire pit

  • August 29, 2015
Brown bear sculpture for the fire pit

This 4' brown bear (named Barley) watches over the entertainment patio and fire pit at his new home in North Carolina. Wood sculptures as yard art can enhance your outdoor entertainment space in a unique and personal way.  

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Trout wood sculpture wall hanging

  • August 29, 2015
Trout wood sculpture wall hanging

Mark waited until he found the perfect piece of wood for this trout which was a gift for a friend. The trout has a flat back with a hanging wire. Our friend has it hanging above a large wall of windows in the great room.

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A rustic pavilion: carving under cover

  • July 5, 2015
A rustic pavilion: carving under cover

Mark built a pavilion so he can carve chainsaw sculptures rain or shine. All the trees were cut off our property. The roof is temporary until we decide on a permanent solution. Maybe cedar shake. The structure was built so it could be disassembled and moved if needed. Now we're thinking about wedding arbors and garden gazebos...

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Football player and cheerleader tikis

  • June 28, 2015
Football player and cheerleader tikis

Besides a few crazy tikis around here carved for the hell of it, there haven't been many others, that it, until this football player and cheerleader tiki couple. Mark carved this wild, sporty, spirited pair for a friend's pool/patio/party area. Since the fiend is also a Virginia Tech football fan, Mark added maroon and orange paint accents. The blank space on the cheerleader's megaphone works perfectly for a custom message or image.

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California big bear

  • January 25, 2015
California big bear

A client in California wanted a 6-1/2-foot brown bear for his home. It's one thing to have a great big bear standing outside but imaging having one inside! Very cool.

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