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I have had two request for bear sticks sense I finished My Last one. This is the start of number 2.

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I can't say that I am surprised that you have had two orders already.I would have thought that you would have a lot more as well. In fact the more people that see them Randy the more requests you will get! I can see it now mate, A Ferrari, all paid for by walking stick commissions! All joking aside, I think you'll be making these for the rest of your life. N.
 

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Sweet, more tool funds? Bears are indeed a popular subject, in my experience they rank right up there with wood spirits.

Another piece of butternut? We went to Woodcraft a couple days ago and they wanted your right arm and firstborn child for butternut.

Will wait for the local carving club's show in April to acquire some, there are a couple vendors that sell carving blocks of various species at a reasonable price.
 

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Randy, I'm not surprised either that you're getting more requests for your bear. I was very impressed with your first one and really liked it a lot. Once people start seeing it they will be clamoring to get one. It could end up being your hallmark.
 

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Sweet, more tool funds? Bears are indeed a popular subject, in my experience they rank right up there with wood spirits.

Another piece of butternut? We went to Woodcraft a couple days ago and they wanted your right arm and firstborn child for butternut.

Will wait for the local carving club's show in April to acquire some, there are a couple vendors that sell carving blocks of various species at a reasonable price.
Here is a source. I have not used them yet. I plan to place an order in march when they start shipping again. I know others how have ordered from them and say they are nice to work with.

http://www.wilcoxcarvingwood.com/
 
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Not suprised that its popular its a outstanding piece which will encourage stickmakers to try it out,
 

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I was able to Put in some time on the bear today. While the first bear looks good the eyes are large for a bear. On this one I am making the eyes more to scale.
 

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think I would need to see them side by side but both look good to me

Its coming on well I do think you see things differently after you have carved the 1st one but still like the original one
 

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Progressing well, are you doing the 2 requests side by side or completing one then doing the other, reason I ask, some times if I like the topper I am doing I will do a spare a) to keep as a reference to try things out rather than ending up having to rework or start again on the original one. accidents happen
 

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Progressing well, are you doing the 2 requests side by side or completing one then doing the other, reason I ask, some times if I like the topper I am doing I will do a spare a) to keep as a reference to try things out rather than ending up having to rework or start again on the original one. accidents happen
I am doing one at a time Gloops. His one will be a black bear. They have a little longer and thinner snout. I will do the hair with my wood burner..
 
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Randy, the bears I have done were based on a pattern U posted on this forum that actually was a chain saw carving pattern. The ears of the bear in that pattern were facing forward, probably do to being easier to carve with a chain saw. It's a simple pattern for beginners carving a bear as the principal cuts whether with a knife or saw are the same. I will re post the pattern for anyone trying there hand at a bear on a stick for the first time.

I like the ears on the side of the head as U are doing with these pieces, much closer to a true bear, and the detail of the snouts to distinguish a black from a grizzly. As always excellent work.
 

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Don't want to hijack CV3's bear thread but Cobalt saying it should encourage stick makers to try it got me to thinking,(that's always dangerous).

Here is a simple bear pattern that will work on a stick. CV3 posted this pattern on this forum in April of 2014.

It was intended to carve a bear with a chainsaw but it works just as well on a walking stick. Hey if I can use it to carve a bear anyone can!
 

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Interested to see the black bear at the side of the grizzly .Had a quick look out of interest at the difference. so looking forward to the next instalment

I did some drawings about 6 months or so ago of bears think I posted them on here they where grizzly bears . Again I just design the bears head which seems to be a feature with me as I only seem to do the heads of birds and animals , but think generally it works better with me.
 

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Moving along on bear 2. On this one the eyes are a bit smaller More like a bears. But still larger than a bears eyes would be if really done the scale. I have drilled the hole for the threaded rod. Next I will finish the shaping install the rod and then start hair.
 

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looking good to me

you have done the eyes slightly different.as you said . good to see them side by side you can appreciate the differences

interesting how you finish this one off.
 

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Looking good Randy!

Didn't know there were that many bears in Bama'. Course there was Bear Bryant!

And I know several Chicago Bears fans would love to have one of those!
 
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