Bears

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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Poppyseed, the Teddy Bear Brown Bear

Poppyseed, the Teddy Bear Brown Bear

Mark just carved this 3'2" brown bear cutie. It reminds me of a Teddy Bear and the name Poppyseed popped in my head. This one is available for sale. $450

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Hello! Big Black Bear

Hello! Big Black Bear

Mark's latest sculpture is a 5-1/2' black bear waving at his onlookers.

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Pair of Big Brown Bears

Pair of Big Brown Bears

A client in Forest, Virginia commissioned a pair of large Brown Bears for their farm. Trees had fallen on their property and here are videos on their transformation into a 6 foot and a 6 foot 7 inch pair of bears. The client wanted to keep the natural grain of the wood so Mark used the torch to burn in the face and coat details and finished them with clear polyurethane. Part 1: Part 2: Part 3:

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An Intimidating Black Bear for a Former US Navy Aviator

An Intimidating Black Bear for a Former US Navy Aviator

This 6' tall black bear has quite the stance and presence. He was started last summer and left to dry until early winter so that any potential cracks could be addressed as the wood dried.

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Sweet Black Bear Loves Life at Wintergreen

Sweet Black Bear Loves Life at Wintergreen

This guy, affectionately named Henry, lives with his adopted parents in a lovely condo with a gorgeous view at Wintergreen Resort. I love his kind expression, and he's the perfect height for a fireplace hearth.

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Big Black Bear Spotted in Nelson County

Big Black Bear Spotted in Nelson County

This fella, started last summer and finished in the fall, stands at 5'6". This big bear was a commissioned carving who now stands guard at the bottom of a private residential driveway in Nelson County. The bear's muzzle was burned to bring out his features and  the wood's natural and soft coloring. He's painted black and sealed with a clear polyurethane and is ready to withstand the elements as he greets the homeowners, friends and family.

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Rain rain go away

Rain rain go away

Come again some other day.    

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Hole in One: A Golfing Bear for Father’s Day

Hole in One: A Golfing Bear for Father’s Day

In early summer, Mark received a commission from a woman for a golfing black bear as a surprise Father's Day present for her husband. Such a wonderful gift idea! The father/husband was so excited, and they come out to meet Mark close to Father's Day to reveal the surprise. Seeing the reactions of all our new Sleepy Hollow sculpture owners is always one of the best parts of what we do. So, this golfing bear for Father's Day begs the question, "What would make the perfect Mother's Day gift?" Hmmmm... So many options when you think of home and garden decor. It's never too early to start talking...

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Arbor Day in Lynchburg

Arbor Day in Lynchburg

Mark did a chainsaw carving demo at Arbor Day in Lynchburg. Thanks to the city and the Arbor Day committee for including us! Mark roughed in a bear and drew in a crowd. A couple of the black bears, one of the tiki totems and the Orca were on display. The Orca was popular with the kids and enthusiasm and spirits were high all-around for Mark's sculptures and demonstration. One of the tikis now lives at Caspian Tattoo in Lynchburg!

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