Family of Bears climbing a tree

This is a 17 ft. tall maple stump carving located in Old Lyme, CT. We threw around a few different ideas for the carving including Native Americans, eagles, bears…

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So, the customer decided on this family of bears idea…

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It took about 50 hours to complete. It was burned and finished with an oil based wood preservative.

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Here is a shot with my clean up helpers, Miciah, Jacob and Michael to give a sense of perspective.


Big Momma is 6 ft. tall…

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Then, there is the smiling cub looking out at the road…

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And the top cub reaching out for the honey…

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At the base, I thought it would be fun to blend the rock wall into the carving to make it look like the bear is standing on the rock wall.


A little surprise was added to the rocks…

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After living with the carving for a while the customer decided he would rather have the piece painted than stained. So, the bear family now has a beautiful makeover!

 I love how the rocks at the base of the carving appear to blend in with the stone wall.


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