Bear End Table, Chainsaw Carving

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Project by Josh Carte posted 05-30-2015 04:10 PM 1140 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this bear end table from a single piece of Eastern White Pine. The sculpture was almost entirely created with a chainsaw alone. For the small details, I used a few hand tools. I used a torch to burn the wood to make it dark, and finished the carving with two coats of UV resistant spar polyurethane. Chainsaw carvings are live wood that are still drying. Checking and cracking can be expected. This only adds character to this piece of art created by tools of demolition.

This bear sits flat on his bottom. The log under his bottom is for display and photo purposes only.

20 3/4” tall, 11 1/2” wide and 9 1/2” thick.



If I can ever be of any assistance to anyone, for any reason, I’d be happy to help. Have a great day!


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#1 posted 05-30-2015 04:38 PM


-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 05-30-2015 04:59 PM

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#3 posted 05-30-2015 05:17 PM

This is awesome. Great job

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 05-30-2015 06:47 PM


” a piece of art created by tools of demolition.” That my friend says it all. Hey he’s no scary? He’s cute? Whoa!

You da man Josh!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 05-30-2015 06:58 PM

Thank you, Ken! Thanks, Tom!

As my mind frolics, wanders and bounces about, so do my carvings, Tom :)


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#6 posted 05-31-2015 12:52 AM

Sweet table, Josh!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 05-31-2015 03:00 AM

Does he bite Josh.
I hear those Black bears can be dangerous.
Congratulations on a great job.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 05-31-2015 06:50 AM

Wonderfully, there is a wish to give a hand and to touch.

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life shouldn't be a draft copy.....

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#10 posted 05-31-2015 12:55 PM

Looks really nice.


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#11 posted 05-31-2015 03:54 PM

That bear looks alive. Great work Josh.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 05-31-2015 05:07 PM

Thank you all very much :)


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#13 posted 05-31-2015 06:46 PM

Wow! I love this, Josh.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 05-31-2015 09:34 PM

Great design, all the best

-- J. E. Ekholdt, Wrightwood,

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#15 posted 06-01-2015 01:51 AM

Thanks, Charles! Thanks, J.E!


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