Wood Carvings

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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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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Texas Longhorns

Texas Longhorns

We're starting to do more smaller sculptures which make a statement as table centerpieces in any room of the house or on entryway consoles, on a hearth, on a patio, anywhere you can imagine. This decorative pair was carved from Poplar wood and are styled after the Texas Longhorn. We've been moving them around the house and love how great they look whether they are the main focus or flank another centerpiece or decorative object.  

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Pet Raccoon

Pet Raccoon

Mark carved this adorable round gray raccoon as a gift for the client's wife who, for a time, cared for an orphan baby raccoon. Her name is Lucy.

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© 2012-2014. Mark and Dana Poleski. Sleepy Hollow Art. Amherst, Virginia

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