I started with a 43 lbs piece of Italian marble.
I drew a couple of lines: ground level, spine (tail to nose), hips, shoulders, ears and eyes. Then started removing stone that didn’t look like a bear.
The head is starting to appear.
Further shaping with a point chisel
Ears and nose appear.
Finding its legs and shaping the butt. Using a 5-tooth chisel gives me better control than a point chisel.
Keep removing stone that doesn’t look like a bear.
Create the openings under the belly and around the legs.
Move to my home studio and begin using rotary power tools and rasps.
After trying different textured finishes: tooth chisel, rough rasp, polished and sanded, I decided on a sanded finish for the bear and a rasp finish for the base.
A total of 15 days of carving.