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    Hi all. Here's my take on Barry the bear from Mike Shipley's fantastic book "Whittling the country bear & his friends". I just finished whittling & painting this as a gift for my sis who loves bears. The paint is a "wash", mixing 25% paint to 75% water as mentioned in the book. I found this to work out VERY well. I finished him with boiled linseed oil with raw umber oil paint mixed in as per the book. First time i ever used linseed oil. I always used polyurethane before, & really like the fact you get no plasticy sheen at ALL with linseed oil. This will be my preferred finish from now on. Hope you like him, & happy whittlin'
    Last edited by whittles by whitt; 03-23-2019, 06:25 AM.

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    Nice looking bear there sir.

    Tinwood

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    • #3
      Hi ! Witt , good all round job . Merle

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      • #4
        Better than the average bear there, Boo Boo.

        Good job, Whitt.

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        • #5
          Nice carving and finishing, Whitt...looks like a good guy!
          Arthur

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          • #6
            Mighty fine bear!
            Herb

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            • #7
              Nice carving and painting...as well as the "antiquing." What size is it and what size did you start with?
              Bill
              Living among knives and fire.

              http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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              • #8
                Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post
                Nice carving and painting...as well as the "antiquing." What size is it and what size did you start with?
                Hi Woodburner. I used the full size pattern from the book, so he stands just under 5 & 1/2 inches tall. As for what I started with, a huge slab of basswood that I cut the appropriate size block out with, using my Japanese pull saw, to accommodate how high, deep {front to back} & wide {side to side} it needed to be based on the pattern. Then I cut the silhouette side view out with a coping saw, & from there on, just used my ol' pocketknife. Takes a lot longer my way, but that's the "old time rustic way" I love doing it. Thanks for the kindness, & happy whittlin' my friend.

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                • #9
                  Nice carving

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                  • #10
                    Nice looking bear!


                    Claude
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                    • #11
                      Hi Whitt
                      Are you sure you have just begun your life as a wood carver. Your bears are great painting is first class, thanks for sharing
                      Bruce

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                      • #12
                        Boy for the wash, you certainly got good color, Really set your sis's bear off, fine job sir
                        . . .JoeB

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by whittles by whitt View Post

                          Hi Woodburner. I used the full size pattern from the book, so he stands just under 5 & 1/2 inches tall. As for what I started with, a huge slab of basswood that I cut the appropriate size block out with, using my Japanese pull saw, to accommodate how high, deep {front to back} & wide {side to side} it needed to be based on the pattern. Then I cut the silhouette side view out with a coping saw, & from there on, just used my ol' pocketknife. Takes a lot longer my way, but that's the "old time rustic way" I love doing it. Thanks for the kindness, & happy whittlin' my friend.
                          Thanks Whittles and the reason I asked the question is I tried to make some smaller and was never satisfied with the ears...yours are fine though.
                          Bill
                          Living among knives and fire.

                          http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by scotia carver View Post
                            Hi Whitt
                            Are you sure you have just begun your life as a wood carver. Your bears are great painting is first class, thanks for sharing
                            Bruce
                            Hi Bruce. I never said I was new to whittling. I don't know where you got the idea I did. Sorry if i somehow came across like i was insinuating that. No, I've been doing pocketknife whittling since 1994. BUT, I currently AM new to painting what I whittle, plus i have no art background, which doesn't help me. This is my first truly serious attempt at painting my whittlings properly. I give credit to Mike Shipley's easy instructions in that book for mixing & thinning paint needed, & truly feel my sainted mother helped from above, as she was a great self taught artist. Thanks so much for your kindness. Happy whittlin' my friend.
                            Last edited by whittles by whitt; 03-23-2019, 04:36 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post

                              Thanks Whittles and the reason I asked the question is I tried to make some smaller and was never satisfied with the ears...yours are fine though.
                              I left the ear area the way it was when I cut the side view out {I never cut the front view out} until I was ready to start on the ear area. That way, I knew they'd hang off to the sides & not just straight up or something.

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