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Cedar wood bear cubs

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 look. These babies are just  the right size for kids to adopt!

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Life-size Silverback Gorilla wood sculpture

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

‘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

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 was delicious and included a giant batch of Brunswick Stew along with amble bottles of cider from...

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2013 Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival

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 clustered together wherever you can think to put them. A few friends bought several and placed them...

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Gallery at Rockfish Gap Country Store

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

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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Flying Bald Eagle

Flying Bald Eagle

This flying Bald Eagle is 50" tall by 13.5" wide. Mark carved it from a cedar cut off our property. He painted the eagle and left the base natural to showcase the beautiful cedar wood. The whole piece is sealed with a clear satin spar urethane. This bold Bald Eagle is available for sale.

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Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Mark's carved bald eagles but this is his first hawk, a red-tailed hawk to be exact, which is carved from beautiful cedar wood from our property. There is no stain or sealer, allowing  the natural wood to glow and change over time. All the details are created with chisels and the wood grain is burnt with a torch to bring out the shadows and highlights.

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Family of perched owls

Family of perched owls

Mark has been carving lots of small to medium size owls of all types and styles on decorative, rustic bases.

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