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How to Carve a Laughing Bear?

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It's easy to carve a bear

You can carve a bear with a few tools and some wood (we'd recommend going with basswood). First steps are always difficult. While futher it gets more pleasure than struggles. The funny look and unusual fur make a bear interesting wood carving project. Using your imagination you can carve many variations. You can easily make a polar bear just painting him white or change to black color and you’ll get a black bear. Also, you can easily change the pose of the bear or just turn his head. To change his look you can carve his eyes oval or square.
What tools you'll need for carving bear?

How to carve a bear?


Step 1. First of all, draw the main landmarks. Draw a line on the top and draw a line for bear’s feet as you see in the picture below. After that use a knife to make narrow line between feet and head.


Step 2.
Make the slope in the top for the bear’s head. Draw the angle and carve the section. After that just sketch on the main landmarks - the lines for the arms, feet, head, tail, and legs.

Step 3.
Make rough out the parts indicated above. For this purpose use a 13 mm #9 gouge.


Step 4.
Make the arms and other parts of the bear. Then deepen the lines which are indicated above with the help of a 6 mm V-tool. After that, draw in the curved spine.


Step 5.
With the help of a 2 mm #9 gouge a d 7 mm # 5 gouge just clean up the head.


Step 6
. Use a 7 mm # 9 gouge to make the bear’s ears, eyes, nose, and mouth.


Step 7.
 For removing a small plug for eyes and for relieving excess areas use the same gouge from step 6.


Step 8.
 For carving the open mouth using a knife until you will get the proper opening. And for outlining the bear’s tongue use a 4 mm V-tool.


Step 9.
 For drawing in the main locks of hair you need to use two gouges. First is a 13 mm #9 and the second is the same gouge from step 5.


Step 10. To end your woodcarving, paint some parts of the bear as you see in the photo above. Then you need to make a mixture of 50 to 50 dark paint and light Briwax using a stiff paintbrush. Then using a rag wipe the wax off.

Final Thoughts

  • You’ll need two chisels and one whittling knife for carving a bear.
  • Overall it takes 10 steps to carve a bear.
  • We’d recommend choosing basswood for this project. As it’s really easy to carve and color.

Feel free to message us anytime at in case you get any questions in regards to this or any other project.

*The reference material is taken from Woodcarvingillustrated Article.

1 comment

  • Posted on by Paul
    Thank you for this tutorial on a laughing bear carving. Love the detail.

    I am carving bears presently.

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