Does this bear look like he’s dreaming, or is it just me? It’s not easy to work with something so small, but I enjoy the challenge of fitting a shape I have in mind into the nature’s given confines.
After a little improvement and a couple of coats of danish oil this bear made it into my portfolio.
It is a pleasure to carve madrone wood (AKA strawberry tree) because it is dense and tight-grained and so able to hold smaller details than, say, pine, but it is prone to warping and cracking. Some say this only adds character and charm.
This bear’s posture was dictated by the piece of wood I had. The basket was an afterthought when I realized that one arm would turn out way too long.
Some improvements in the front paws dept.
This is what the bears are made of.