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Sculpture Round-up

  • September 25, 2016
Sculpture Round-up

We can't believe it's already fall! It seems like February was just yesterday. Mark has been busy with bears of all size and poses along with some very exciting, big projects which we'll talk about in the upcoming posts. For now, here's a round-up of all the sculptures he's been working on this year. Flying Bald Eagle Black Cedar Bear, Ted Custom Rusty Bear for New Grandparents Custom Bear Head Bookend New Cedar Rusty Bears One More Rooster Cartoon-style Beaver

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Waving Black Bear with Catfish

  • January 23, 2016
Waving Black Bear with Catfish

This 5' tall waving black bear holding a catfish was a custom commission from a client in Forest, Virginia. They wanted a friendly bear to place in their circular driveway. Behind their home there is a catfish pond.    

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Christmas Bear Clan

  • December 6, 2015
Christmas Bear Clan

Mark's Poppyseed, Dually and Rusty chainsaw carved wood bears are coming out of hibernation for Christmas! With orders arriving from all over the country, here is the first clan ready to take the polar express to their new owners. We always knew there was something special about these bears' sweet expression. They're like Teddy Bears!

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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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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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Apple Festival at Albemarle Ciderworks

  • August 4, 2014
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...

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2013 Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival

  • August 3, 2014
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...

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