Bears

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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Poppyseed, the Teddy Bear Brown Bear

  • June 16, 2013
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

  • February 13, 2013
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

  • January 6, 2013
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

  • January 1, 2013
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

  • January 1, 2013
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

  • January 1, 2013
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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