Category: Rainy Day Bears
Created: Monday, 16 November 2015 08:34
David Westberg was born and raised in Montana. Spending his early years among the beautiful forests of the Montana " Big "Sky" helped to inspire his love of nature and specifically the natural beauty of tree. He started carving as a child when his grandfather gave him his first pocket knife. The two would spend countless moments together sitting and whittling.
This proved to be the inspiration for a future of sculpture for David. David began hand carving in high school and continued to improve his talent thru his college years. Establishing himself as an accomplished sculptor and carver, in 1994 he decided to try his hand at a unique form of carving, usually only seen in rural communities and small towns across the US. The art of chainsaw carving appealed to him for its blend of style involving the sheer power of a chainsaw and the artistic finesse of the carver. The ability to create something so beautifully detailed out of wood, with a tool normally used to splinter wood, appeals to the imagination — not only of the artists who work in this medium, but the enthralled audience who watches wood become transformed into art in the hand of this skilled craftsman.
David started competing in chainsaw carving competitions in 1997, and has won numerous awards for his art. As you browse through the various carving in this online gallery, you will be able to appreciate the time and talent that David uses to create these very unique works of natural art.
Each piece is as individual as the tree it was carved from. No two pieces of wood are exactly the same, and no two carvings are exactly the same. Each carving represents, David's special ability to "bring to life" individual characters, each with its own special personality. David's art has a way of touching the imagination and hearts of those who appreciate fine art with "heart".
David began carving full time in 1998, and today lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family.
Category: Rainy Day Bears
Created: Monday, 16 November 2015 08:21
How to care for your new carving
Thank you for adopting one of our special bears. We are thrilled to know it will go to good home where it will be loved and become part of the family for years to come.
Each of our bears is hand carved out of Cedar from the Northwest. This means that your bear will have its own character and personality. No two are ever exactly the same. The smile may vary a bit, the shape of the nose may be slightly different or the texture of the wood might differ from bear to bear. This is simply a part of the creation process and the reason we have been so successful. Each carving is an expression of love and character, and just like us, no two are ever exactly the same. We cannot guarantee that the carving you receive will be identical to the one in the picture. One thing we do guarantee is that you will be happy. If for some reason you are not completely satisfied when you receive your new bear, simply contact us and we will arrange the return of your carving.
Each one of our carvings has been finished to the highest standards. After being hand carved, they have undergone a 7 step process to protect the quality of your carving. The end result is a high quality finish which enables it to decorate the inside or outside of your house.
During the life of your carving, it will need some basic care and feeding to ensure long life. He are some basic tips to ensure lasting quality.
Leave your new carving out of the direct sunlight. This means that for the first few months you will not want to put your carving in a window that gets lots of sunlight or in the direct summer sun. This will slow the drying process and help protect it from large cracks.
Display your carving away from radiant heat sources such as fireplaces or baseboard heaters. Most of this wood was grown in the Northwest and is accustomed to wet the wet climate of this region. As it dries and gets used to its new shape, the best thing you can do for it is to let it dry slowly.
Once your carving has had a chance to dry slowly, you can place it wherever you like and not worry about any future cracks. In the mean time, you can easily hide any cracking by repainting the carving with enamel paint. (I recommend spray-paint because it is easy and allows for deep penetration in the cracks). If it is necessary to paint around the carvings eyes, gently wipe them Vaseline prior to painting, and just wipe them off when you are done.
We use a marine varnish as a top coat for each carving. Periodically, you may want to freshen the look of your carving. To do this, wash the carving well to remove any dirt or grime, Depending on the existing shine, it may be necessary to lightly sand the carving with 150 grit paper to give the new varnish a surface to adhere to. Once you have cleaned the carving, simply reapply a thin coat of "spar" varnish (available at any hardware store) to the entire surface of the bear. Depending on the weather conditions, it will need about 24 hours to cure.
Here are a few words about some of the other common questions.
Wood Cracks! We have done everything in our power to minimize this, but cedar is a bi-product of a living entity, each piece of wood and each carving will have its own unique characteristics. Do not be surprised to see some small cracks develop as your bear dries out and ages. These small cracks are natural, and can be covered with a small amount of paint. Nothing can prevent all the cracking, but your new carving is sealed in four different ways to help prevent major cracks and I promise it will not crack in half. Most people understand this and appreciate these cracks as adding to the charm of the carving.
Probably the single fastest way to rot a piece of wood is to leave it standing water or in a moist area for an extended period of time. People who use the carvings to decorate the inside of their house need to address this issue. This section is for people who plan to leave their carvings outside. It is most important to keep your carving out of standing water. You may be surprised to learn that it is not good to leave this cedar wood on concrete or directly on the ground. Not only is it bad for concrete, it allows moisture to leach up into the carving and rot it out. To resolve this issue, take several small steel nuts or small rocks and place the carving about a half an inch off the ground. This allows air to pass underneath the carving and keeps it from absorbing too much water. The other suggestion is to avoid harsh temperature changes. If you live in an area prone to harsh winters and blistering hot summers, you might consider moving the carving inside or to a covered area. Again, thank you for you adopting one of our friends, we know you will be happy with your carving and hope these simple steps will you enjoy your carving for years to come.