The largest chainsaw carved bear on the east coast!!!

The Landon School in Bethesda Maryland had to cut down a huge poplar tree. They left an 18 ft. tall stump. The school mascot is a bear so they commissioned a large kodiak bear carving. Here is the concept sketch.

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This is the largest stump I’ve ever worked on. The base was 6 ft. diameter and the top was 5 ft. diameter! This tree was truly massive!!! This carving was a collaboration with my friend and fellow carver Paul Waclo – www.chainsawcarvingbypaul.com
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The chains are sharp and ready to rip!!! 

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We started at the top and worked our way down, finishing as we progressed. Here are some shots of the process starting with the head, then the neck/shoulders, the arms, legs/feet, and finally the base.

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Photo by Phil J. Fabrizio

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Photo by Phil J. Fabrizio

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After 9 long days, we finished. 

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Check out this time lapse footage! Click the youtube link below.

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