Anatomy Of A Bear – Part 9

Anatomy Of A Bear – Part 9

Yay, we’ve finally reached the point where TBB II will look like a bear! The first step in the final assembly is to deal with the head joint.  Now unlike the other joints, the head joint is not accessible at both ends, so I arm myself with the superglue for the...
Anatomy Of A Bear – Part 8

Anatomy Of A Bear – Part 8

Now I can start stuffing, and I usually do this up to the edge of the opening hole when I’m using nut and bolt joints, as I will need access to both sides of the joint for these (with cotter pins I could actually stuff all the way to the top)   Moving on to the...
Anatomy Of A Bear – Part 7

Anatomy Of A Bear – Part 7

Now that the base structure of the head is there, it’s time to get on to the finer touches.  I always start with the nose, pondering the best shape for it.  Sometimes I use nostrils, like for Bluegrass: And other times I use a more rectangular shape, like for...
Anatomy Of A Bear – Part 6

Anatomy Of A Bear – Part 6

When I’m at the stuffing stage, I always work on the head first.  This is the most time consuming piece to finish, as this is where all the character of the bear is formed, so in fact today will be only part 1 of the head. This is where I grab my trusty stuffing...
Anatomy Of A Bear – Part 5

Anatomy Of A Bear – Part 5

For any of you familiar with making curvy things, such as bags, you may know exactly where we’re going now, but for those of you who have thus far lived life on the straight edge, you will need to arm yourself with a pair of small, sharp pointed scissors now, as...
Anatomy Of A Bear – Part 4

Anatomy Of A Bear – Part 4

Okay, we left our bear at the end of week 2 at the point where we could start sewing.  Now the thing with bears it that they’re very curvy (it’s all the honey you know).  I found, through much experimentation, that the easiest way to ensure that the small,...
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