Below is a bronze bear, a pattern made from the bronze and some more Clarke carvings.
As a woodcarver, I naturally wanted to carve one of these bears. From my bronze bear, I made this pattern and carved several bears. Feel free to down load the picture, and have fun.
The original carving is 6" long. 3 3/4 inches high. 1 3/4 inches wide.
As a carver, I use woods such as Basswood, Jelutong, and Tupelo. While working in Milwaukie, John was able to use such wood as Basswood, Walnut, Maple, Poplar, Oak, Mahagony and other wood that would be used to create beautiful church alters. When he moved to Midvale (East Glacier Park) he began carving with Cottonwood. Along the banks of Cut Bank Creek, The Milk River, and the Two Medicine River were large stands of Cottonwood trees. John would make arrangements for a specific tree to be cut and milled; once it dried, he would create one of his carvings. Of course, some carvings demanded the beautiful grain pattern of walnut, mahogany and/or maple - at that point he would place special orders.
Here are pictures of a few more of John's small carvings. One of these days I will develop patterns and put them on this page. John's mountain goat carvings would become the model for the emblem of the Great Northern Railroad and his bear carvings were said to be so realistic that you could smell them.
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