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    I\'m working on this little bear rough out that I got from Nancy Prickett. Nancy had to give up hand carving and power carved antlers for a long time. I suspect antler was a lot softer than this wood! Spraying it with water helps some, but it is tooooughhh! I am thinking about doing the base as a little creek that he is crossing? I have been using a cone shaped stone to do the fur, but spraying with water removes the details. Any suggestions or different method i should be using on the fur, like a wood burner pen? How about the face? I\'m not sure it looks realistic or if there is something I should change? I\'m thinking about doing the creek bed down the front of the base and using epoxy to give it a water look. Really looking for some critique here, not just a pat on the back. Thanks for looking!
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    Re: Looking for suggestions on bear carving

    No good ideas about the wood hardness or fur techniques.
    After looking around google images, I would suggest that the hard line from the eyes down towards the outside of the face needs to be a lot rounder.
    Standing him in water sounds like a good idea.

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    • #3
      Re: Looking for suggestions on bear carving

      Mike one of the previous issues of WCI had a step by step for carving a bear, and his hair work might really help you out. I think the bear was on the cover. I like using a burner pen for all my hair work.

      Tom
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        Re: Looking for suggestions on bear carving

        Originally posted by Tom Ellis View Post
        Mike one of the previous issues of WCI had a step by step for carving a bear, and his hair work might really help you out. I think the bear was on the cover. I like using a burner pen for all my hair work.

        Tom
        Thanks Tom! I found the issue and that was exactly what I needed. I\'m much happier with the look already.
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        • #5
          Re: Looking for suggestions on bear carving

          Mike if you want to carve another bear, that is one of the best step by step articles I have seen. I hollowed out the back of mine, or he would have ended up on a walking stick.

          Tom
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            Re: Looking for suggestions on bear carving

            Mike a gteat carving so far, I agree with break the sharp line bac a bit. Paul G, Had a bear that he used a burner on, a time consuming job I would guess. Another though, tried on an other piece of would be, maybe a typhoon bur with a very soft stoke. What type of wood is it, so I don\'t buy any .
            . . .JoeB
            . . .JoeB

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            • #7
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              Wonderful carving, Mike! I agree with Steev about the face - other than that, I like the texture in the first photo as-is.

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              • #8
                Re: Looking for suggestions on bear carving

                Hi Mike
                You could try a white disk stone for the hair. A friend of mine only carves dogs and uses that white stone for the fur. As for the water, I like to use Modge Podge, it gives a sort of shiny water look, paint your stream bed the way you want it first then the Modge Podge.
                Larry

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                  Re: Looking for suggestions on bear carving

                  Mike, I think the fur needs some deeper texture to it, so, like Tom E and Steev have indicated, I\'d fix the line on the face, follow the instructions in the article and as far as the stream goes, you will get a nice effect from the Modge Podge as Larry suggested but I think you can obtain a more realistic depth effect for the water in the stream with the epoxy. Just my warped interpretation.

                  Tinwood

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                  • #10
                    Re: Looking for suggestions on bear carving

                    I don\'t have the double-line tip that the author recommended, so I am just using a single writing tip. It will take a while but I don\'t mind. I followed the article and made some changes to the face around the eyes and muzzle that help define it better and the woodburning really is defining the fur well. I normally use a white stone, but I am afraid that painting with acrylics, the water would swell the grain too much and I would lose the definition of the fur. This is an old rough out and it sure soaks up the water! I will experiment with Mod Podge and epoxy on some separate pieces and see which works better for me, but thanks for suggesting Mod Podge. I tend to forget about it sometimes. Here is an updated picture.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Looking for suggestions on bear carving

                      You arr on your way, this is going to bne good.
                      . . . JoeB
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                      • #12
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                        Lookin\' good Mike.

                        Tinwood

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                        • #13
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                          Mike, are you planning to only use power on this bear? Is it basswood? What if you used a pointed diamond flame to do deaper detail? While I used power to clean up animal carvings, I still do detail with different sized deep veiners. And yes, after carving fur, I woodburn additional detail with a woodburner.
                          Donna_T
                          From Missouri

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                          • #14
                            Re: Looking for suggestions on bear carving

                            Since making the changes, Mike, the bear is looking real good! I personally would be using the wood burner on the fur too. I would have chosen a knife tip but I really like the effect you\'re getting with the writing tip. Would you mind posting a picture of the writing tip? And what WCI issue are we talking about? Thanks!
                            Not sure which way I would go with the epoxy or mod podge. The mod podge will be easier to work with, but I would do some experimenting with both.
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                              Re: Looking for suggestions on bear carving

                              Mike, It looks like you have more definition in the face now. The ruff around the sides of the face have a lot of depth, and I would tend to change to a knife type tip as you move farther back on the body.

                              He is looking great. Tom
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