A Bear From Log to Finish (Picture Heavy)

Discussion in 'Blowing Smoke Around the Smoker.' started by bearcarver, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Smoking Guru Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Yes cool as heck.. Lol the dove has a guard.. that dum bear chasing your carving.. haha funny man!
  2. Rings Я Us

    Rings Я Us Smoking Guru Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    We have a guy that's by us that does some stuff kinda like that. they call him chainsaw man of Michigan. you can get to see stuff he does at our bigger at fairs here some years.. Edwin Szkapala fun to see the progressions over a couple days.

    Art* fairs
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  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You Chopsaw!!

    It means even more coming from another Lifelong Woodworker.

  4. rambo1964

    rambo1964 Fire Starter

    I've only been on the forum a short time, so this is the first time seeing this. So glad you bumped the post. Really enjoyed your how to. Great work loved the pictures especially the one of the real bear climbing the tree to get to your bear....too funny.
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Johnny!


    Thank You Rambo!
    Appreciate that.

  6. idahopz

    idahopz Smoking Fanatic

    Wow Bear, you're quite the artist!
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Rambo!!
    They still attack that little guy up there!!
    And Thanks for the "Like".


    Thank You PZ !!
    Ever since I did the Bear Carving, it's hard to look at a nice sized Tree or Log, without imagining what I could make out of it, if I could still do it.
    Thanks for the "Like"

  8. yankee2bbq

    yankee2bbq Smoking Fanatic

    Just read this post, and wow...God has given you a talent. Things happen for a reason. I enjoyed learning about you.
  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You!!
    Appreciate the nice comments!

  10. SonnyE

    SonnyE Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Wonderful post Bear!
    About the most I've accomplished with my chainsaws was cords and cords of firewood. LOL!
    I did build my own version of an Alaska Chainsaw Mill once. And milled out oak fence posts and rough cut boards with it.
    I liked looking around your shop in the pole barn, Unisaw, and is that a Biesemeyer or Jet fence on it?
    My Unisaw is still ready in my garage shop here. 5 HP, 10" blade, Platinum Edition. Biesemeyer fence.
    I got too broke down to handle the sheets anymore. But she's still there, still ready to work.
    My Woodworking was more towards furniture pieces, and DIY remodeling.
    I was raised in the City, by a real country boy from a farm in Alton, Illinois. Gave me all I need to live on the edge of anywhere I've lived.
    Work hard, eat well, sleep good.
    I still have a couple of running chainsaws in my shop. But had the last two trees taken down this last summer. When I can't do the trimming myself, it got too expensive to hire it out.
    A lot has changed in our lifetimes, Bear. A lot.
    And I bet we are very close in age as well.

    Thank You for the tour, and showing us your marvelous carving skills. You are a true Natural, Sir.
    And Thank You for your Service! (It seems that isn't said enough...)

    Happy New Year to your and Mrs. Bear and all of the Family!
  11. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yup. A true artist with a chainsaw. But you should see this man with an MES!
  12. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thankfully, you post this every year around this time. And every year I reread it and again marvel at the quality of your workmanship John. Please don't ever miss a year. I look forward to seeing it and would really miss the pleasure of the pictures.
    I'd give you POINTS every year if that were allowed.
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You Sonny!!
    I Appreciate the nice words.

    The saw isn't a Unisaw---It's actually a Grizzly, but it gave me 15 years of Great service & my Son has had it for another 15 years so far. I only ever changed the main bearings once, and they need it again.
    That Fence is an 80" Biesemeyer. Much bigger than I needed, but I got it for $75.
    When I closed my shop, I sold my Planer, 37" Drum Sander, Shaper, Boring machine, Radial saw, and Spindle Sander.
    Then I gave my Son the Table Saw, Drill Press, Band Saw, Binks Air Assisted Airless Sprayer, Dust collector system, and many of my portable poser tools (Mostly Porter Cable).
    You have a Great New Year too!!

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  14. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Wow another year has passed and the memories of looking back over this is as always awesome. Thanks for all your postings and help.

  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You Warren!!
    Always Glad to help, If & When I can.:)

  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You Brian!
    Wish I could still do the carving.


    Thank You Gary!!
    I Appreciate the Kind Words.


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