I started with a 43 lbs piece of Italian marble.
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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.
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The head is starting to appear.
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Further shaping with a point chisel
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Ears and nose appear.
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Finding its legs and shaping the butt. Using a 5-tooth chisel gives me better control than a point chisel.
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Keep removing stone that doesn’t look like a bear.
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Create the openings under the belly and around the legs.
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Move to my home studio and begin using rotary power tools and rasps.
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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.
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A total of 15 days of carving.

 

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