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    I haven't had a lot of time for carving recently. I like finishing projects, so I like doing these lil guys since they don't take a lot of time. I'm also trying to improve the faces and I think the last one is pretty good. I think, though, that I'm going to take this 2 foot long dowel I have and practice just the faces. The head's still a bit too square.

    Anyway, these four are carved from limbs. From left to right, sycamore, sycamore, Bradford pear, and (I think) apricot. Eyes are glued-on basswood. All finished with Howard Feed 'n Wax.

    I suppose I should learn to cut the branches straighter to avoid the leans.

    I really like that apricot. It cuts easier than the pear, and looks great. But then, I like the look of all three of these woods.

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    Jim, This seems to be a great little project. Nice little whittlings.

    Tom H
    http://beginnerscarvingcorner.blogspot.com/

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    • #3
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      I agree . nice whittlings .. they looked like alot of fun to do

      Gene

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      • #4
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        Jim,
        I like all of them.

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        • #5
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          Jim,

          Nice group of bears. I agree, I like the last one best also. Really like that grain. Looks similar to some of the apple that I have carved.

          Safe Carving and God Bless,

          Mark

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          • #6
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            Neat little group of bears, Jim.

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            • #7
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              Thanks, guys. I really do enjoy making these. They're not high art, but lots of fun. And I don't have trouble finding material to work with.

              I wonder if I could do a picture tutorial on making these . . .

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              • #8
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                They look good, well done

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                • #9
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                  I like em, nice litle bears. You used some hand aching hard woods there, Jim.
                  Buffalo Bif
                  www.bflobif.com

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                  • #10
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                    Neat lookin' bears Jim! I like them eyes!

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                    • #11
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                      Thanks for the kind comments.

                      bflobif: Actually, the woods aren't that bad. The sycamore, especially, carves very well. The pear is a bit harder than either of the others, and the apricot is somewhere in the middle. Harder than basswood, of course, but not too terribly tough. Sharp knife and thinner slices . . .

                      High praise, Eddy, master of bears. Thanks. The eyes are kind of neat, although I think they're more of a crutch right now because I have absolutely no skill at carving eyes. That's one of those things I need to practice. 'til then, I'll glue 'em on!

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                      • #12
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                        Jim... Like George! George washington that is.... I can not tell a lie! I couldn't carve an eye if my life depended on it. As far as I'm concerned that's why they invented Dimensional Acrylic paint. It's great for bears, birds and whatever!

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                        • #13
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                          I like them....they would be better if you made their muzzles more mail-box shaped. Then they would lose the doggie-look. Just a little help to improve them.
                          Sharon

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                          • #14
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                            Jim, those are top notch dogs. I've still got the one you did for me and love him. I really like the smooth feel of the wood.
                            Ron T.
                            http://stickcarving.webs.com/

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                            • #15
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                              Pretty neat Jim. Don't worry about tilt, in fact I would do more with tilt. You might also try leaving some bark on - just to see how it looks.

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