|Project by KoryK||posted 11-03-2011 02:45 AM||5595 views||4 times favorited||27 comments|
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