December 11, 2018 by enorte
My November 2018 Bear Wood Carving
In November I worked on this bear wood carving. In 2017 my parents bought the basswood and the bear drawing from Jon Engler as a gift for Christmas of last year. It sat in my wood collection for the year until recently. I would pick up the wood a few times this past year examining the drawing and considering alternatives. I really enjoyed the bear and fish and was hesitant to carve the original intention of a sea ice background so as I was carving I contemplated and eventually determined that I wanted it to transform into an Alaska scene with a river like the Kenai river. Below are some of my thoughts during my carving process that you may be interesting in watching. Sometimes I feel the carving can take another direction if you give it some time to observe and listen to the wood. The original drawing is excellent, but for myself I wanted to alter the pattern so that it would reflect what I wanted the scene to be.