Wood Sculpture by Pine
Images 9–16
I'm running out of daylight on the first day, but the work is far from done. I've roughed-out the beehive and now I'm working on the top cub.

End of the first day. Covering the exposed sculpture is very important. The natural moisture of the wood will keep it supple, even after the finishing varnish is applied. Condensation from overnight exposure, however, can over-hydrate the wood and cause the varnish to bubble in the summer heat.

It's a new day and I need to complete the sculpture today so that I can finish the detail and it can receive its stain and varnish tomorrow.

I've finished roughing-out the top half of the sculpture, but I need to remove a stabilizing piece before moving on to the bottom half.

You can see the stabilizing piece better in this shot. It protects the top cub during the sculpting process, but it will be in the way for the bottom half of the sculpture. It's time to remove it.

This is a good shot of the top-half rough-out. The bear has taken nice shape. Getting the proportions of the animals right is a matter of pride for me. Cubs are cutest when they look like real bear cubs.

The middle cub is a bit tricky because the arm and head are much closer to the trunk of the sculpture's tree than for the upper cub. He'll rought-out quickly, though. You can already see the middle cub's left arm and head.

It's mid-morning of the second day and the sculpture's final shape is starting to appear. The property owners and their family came out frequently to watch me work.

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