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Pine Needle Bear by Richard Carpenter

Photos: Richard Carpenter

xoxoxoBruce, a regular at the Cellar Image of the Day forum, posted a series of fascinating photos of this pine needle bear sculpture by Richard Carpenter. The pine needles were gathered off the ground, sorted, washed, trimmed, and hand woven over the period of 8 months to make a life-sized bear.

Link (for more pics, scroll down) - via Scribal Terror

oh wow! this is really awesome! i'm so jealous of people who can just pick up random crap off the ground and make a magnificant piece of art. damn them!
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Amazingly devious. Bears are a threat to our way of life, and they want our honey. Glorifying bears will lead to a generation of children trying to make friends with these dastardly killers.
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Wow!! neat work... I visited the Grand nationals rodeo a couple months back in San Fran and saw an artists work being featured there, he worked with driftwood! there was a life sized Grizzly bear, a life sized Bull, and a couple others. I picked up a card and his name is Matt Torrens, really worth a peek if you liked this.
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Awesome work Richard! I would like to see an explanation of what's under the pine needle pelt, a wood frame covered with wire?
Keep up the good work!
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Your bears are just beautiful. I collect bears and only bears are allowed in my house. I have been counting and photographing for 5 years to get into the Guinness Book or World Records and am finally almost done. I would love to have one of your pine needle bears in my collection. You have done really extraordinary work and what a wonderful way to recycle.
Keep up the great work and let your creative juices keep flowing. Bye the way Thomas is wrong about bears being dastardly etc. We encroach on their territory and burn down their habitate, not the other way around.
They are not a threat to our way of life, we are a threat to them. Anyway, Richard they are wonderful. Thanks for the treat of seeing exceptional artistry.
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I am the webmaster for Richards new site;!!! Stop by and visit and see all of his amazing work! He does some fantastic things with moose antlers and just regular old everyday items.
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Your bears are totally awesome,do you sell them? If so, how can I purchase one. You have an amazing talent. I collect bears and would love to have one of these for my collection.
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Magnificent work, Richard. I am assuming these antlers are off the forest floor. You must have a great deal of patience. I am so surprised it only took you 8 months to put together such a large bear. Kudos and keep up the wonderful work. Might show some of that around Northern Minnesota, especially the bears.
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Hello, I loved your sculptures of the bears. I am in school doing a project on different forms of art. And wouyld like to ask a few questions about your there a message in your work or do you just like bears? Do you have a web site to veiw mor of your work?
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