I named this bear Adam, as he is the first of his kind. He stands 5'6" tall and is 3'7" at his widest point. He is carved from white spruce.
This is the bear I thought I was going to able to carve on my first try some 14 years ago. Better late than never.
Eyes, claws and teeth are all hand carved. I used "Ebony" and "Sedona Red" stains in the mouth and I also dry-brushed some white enamel onto the teeth before I applied several coats of matte clear sealer.
The beehive was made of cedar boards and a cedar shake roof. I carved a cartoon-ish bee character on each side of every super.
Also, here's a quick teaser for our next post! Check back to see the full video of us unloading our package bees.