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California big bear

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  • 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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Mr. Jenkins wears green trousers

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  • January 24, 2015
Mr. Jenkins wears green trousers

This bear was made for a client who had seen one like it in New York and asked Mark to carve him one similar. Mark made a few modifications and improvements. It was fun watching this animated, cartoon-style brown bear come to life. He was carved out of Virginia Pine and is sporting a cute pair of green trousers and a belt. It is definitely a different type of bear but just think of all the possibilities to change up the character and have a whole cast of bears. He has big button eyes, a big soft...

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Waving brown bear welcomes guests at a B&B

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  • January 24, 2015
Waving brown bear welcomes guests at a B&B

Mark carved this 7-foot waving brown bear for Adobe and Stars Inn Bed & Breakfast in Taos, New Mexico. The inn owner wanted a large, happy, welcoming bear to place in front of her B&B and be visible from the road. This bear has definitely attracted attention as people routinely stop their cars to get out and pose with him for photos. Here is the bear at our place, before shipping him to New Mexico. And here are a few pictures of the bear in progress. He...

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Cedar wood bear cubs

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  • November 23, 2014
Cedar wood bear cubs

Mark took one of his cedar logs and chainsaw carved these adorable bear cubs. He ended up leaving them in a more rustic state because they looked so unique and adorable. These little fellows are affectionately called Gummy Bears. Mark left the cedar wood in its natural state so they smell wonderful in addition to being so cute. Next Mark carved another group of bear cubs from a cedar log, but they are more finished while still having a rustic feel; not to mention how friendly they...

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Life-size Silverback Gorilla wood sculpture

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  • November 23, 2014
Life-size Silverback Gorilla wood sculpture

Mark's most impressive chainsaw wood sculpture this year is definitely the life-size Silverback Gorilla that he carved for Silverback Distillery in Afton, Viginia. The gorilla is made from 5 logs: head and neck, left arm, right arm, mid-section, and haunches and hind legs. The logs were notched, joined together and secured with long screws. This video shows the stages of production.

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‘Tis the season for pumpkins and pine trees

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  • September 28, 2014
‘Tis the season for pumpkins and pine trees

Every year from mid-September through mid-December, Mark carved oodles of pumpkins and pine trees. They are made from poplar and cedar wood and left in their natural state. The cedar wood smells amazing! They made great gifts for friends and family and look great as indoor and outdoor decor (entryways, mantles, hearths, landings, porches, gardens). The natural pumpkins are $35, the torched pumpkins are $40 and the pine trees are $45. View the gallery page.

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Apple Festival at Albemarle Ciderworks

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  • August 4, 2014
Apple Festival at Albemarle Ciderworks

In November, Mark and I headed up the road to Vintage Virginia Apples and Albemarle Ciderworks for their day-long festival. The event was nestled in one of the older apple orchards on the east side of the mountain near the tasting room. It was  a beautiful, crisp, bright and cool late fall day. We enjoyed looking at the work of all the other artisans and craftsmen. There was a great variety of clothing, jewelry, home and garden decor, herbs, oils, vinegar, jams, teas, soap and scents. The food...

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2013 Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival

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  • August 3, 2014
2013 Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival

It's almost time for the 2014 Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival at Rebec Vineyards in Amherst. We'll be there, and here are some pictures from last year. The rain never did completely go away but the popular event still had a great crowd. We made new friends and got to see some of our clients and friends from the previous year. Mark carved  about two dozen pumpkins in various shapes and sizes. They were rustic in style and burnt with a torch to give it the dark accents and shading. They look great...

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Gallery at Rockfish Gap Country Store

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  • August 3, 2014
Gallery at Rockfish Gap Country Store

We had always heard about the antique and home and garden decor store at Rockfish Gap. We boosted our exposure last fall by renting space in the store. They had a beautiful, large wood table in the loft space, and we filled it with Mark's wood sculptures. The table displayed bears, eagles, owls, hawks, roosters, a pair of cattle horns, a shark, and a pair of ammonite shells. Mark also set a big black bear out in front of the store. That big fellow draw a lot of attention!  

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The Iconic Wing

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  • September 29, 2013
The Iconic Wing

There are so many meanings behind the image of a wing: mythological, religious, iconic, mystical, symbolic, personal. They are such a graceful and powerful form.

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