“Wife Made Me Do It” Army Bear Intarsia Wall Hanging

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Project by KoryK posted 1023 days ago 3367 views 4 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know, I know this is not my usual subject matter but my wife made me do it. I found a picture on the internet and she fell in love with it. She is BIG into bears and with my past military history and my son-in-law currently in the army she asked (insisted?) that I make this one. I do understand that it is sooo sweet and cute it makes your teeth hurt and I do apologize for that.

All kidding aside, it was a really fun project to make. Making the pattern was a challenging because it has some areas that were difficult to combine and make the colors work together. This ended up having about 170 different pieces to make the whole thing. When I started cutting the uniform I had to go really slow because I knew the camouflage would need to meet together with little to no gaps to make sure it looked like one piece. It was made with three different woods and I had to glue them together in sections before I even started shaping and sanding. When it came to hat emblem I used a method that I used on another piece. I glued all of the pieces together then put another pattern with the “US ARMY” on that and cut it out. Then glued a very thin backer board and filled the letters up with sawdust to fill some of the voids. I mixed some epoxy with some ebony saw dust to turn it black and filled it in. After drying I started shaping and sanding like normal. I put risers behind the muzzle, nose, collar, bill on the cap, buttons, and pockets to make them stand out and give more of a 3D effect. After I had the basic shapes I sanded it down to 2400 grit then put a clear satin finish on it. I was very pleased with the results and hope yall like it also.

It was made from walnut, aspen, hackaberry, cherry, wenge, mahogany, cocobolo, curly maple and no stains were used to achieve the colors. It is 24×10 and is almost 2 inches thick in places. From pattern to fished product it took about 50 hours to make.

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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#1 posted 1023 days ago

Awesome work and well done, congratulations!

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#2 posted 1023 days ago

fantastic work .

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Don Clark

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#3 posted 1023 days ago

that looks great

-- Don,

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#4 posted 1023 days ago

Really looks good, well done.

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Monty Queen

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#5 posted 1023 days ago

Awesome job on that Army bear. I was in the Army for 22 years and i love anything that represents the Army. You did a great job, i also love intarsia, I have done a few basic ones. One day i will get serious with intarsia. Thanks for posting.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#6 posted 1023 days ago

That’s a very cute bear. I can see why your wife loved it. Well Done!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#7 posted 1023 days ago

The attention to detail is phenominal! Great work!

-- Mike Sparks - Dear God, Please help me to become the person my dog thinks I am.

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#8 posted 1023 days ago

Wow! Kory, that’s really fabulous! Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 1023 days ago

This guy is absolutely adorable Kory! Fantastic job on the wood combinations and the superb details.
This is a favorite for sure….......

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#10 posted 1023 days ago

Amazing work, Wow!!!! As always you make some great projects.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 1023 days ago

Awesome! It looks great! You did a bang up job on it! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#12 posted 1022 days ago

Great wood selection, cutting, and assembly.
I give it a 10+

-- Steve--

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#13 posted 1022 days ago

The only thing I can say it is BEAUTIFUL.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 1022 days ago

Great Intarsia Craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 1022 days ago

I love it!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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