This belly bear is looking for a forever home. He's been waiting in Joe Bolf's workshop, hoping to find a cosy cabin or den to hang out in. Artist Joe Bolf: "My chainsaw carvings are made of pine logs. Logs check, which is a nice word for crack. This happens because the outside of the log dries faster than the inside. Sitting your carving in direct sunlight speeds up this process. When placed outdoors the carving will check and then maybe close up because of the moisture in the air and rain. When kept indoors, humidity, or lack of it, will cause the same effects. Although some people get upset about chainsaw carvings cracking, it isn't a big deal. It is the nature of the art form." This bear is about 11 inches tall from the base to ears, and the base is about 4 by 5 inches.
So excited to come home today to find my order had arrived! I only had to wait 2 days. Love my belly bear. It's even nicer than it looks in the photos. I can't believe he's made with a chainsaw. I look forward to getting the whole set. The balsam pillow took me right back to summer hikes at the lake and makes my house smell like a slice of heaven. The little carved moose is so sweet - he might have to keep me company at the office. I have the perfect shirt to match my glass necklace - love the little silver fishbone detail. It's like Christmas in April.