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Featured in local lifestyle magazine

  • August 29, 2015
Featured in local lifestyle 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 on page 40.

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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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Mr. Jenkins wears green trousers

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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