I-147 Bear Cub

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Beginner to Intermediate Level    22” x 12”   39 pieces. 
Full body black bear cub sitting in a tree.  This black bear cub was created many years ago, you can tell by the pattern number,  I-147 was created in 1999. Now we have over 450 Intarsia patterns. Each pattern takes a little longer to develop because I make each one to see if I need to alter grain direction or the lines on the pattern. I like to take a photo of the finished piece to send with the pattern. The Bear Cub pattern has some large pieces and a few intricate pieces around the face. 
Woods Used:  Various shades of Western Red Cedar (WRC comes in that many colors). Today I would use some Peruvian walnut for the fur, (it is hard to find the dark WRC) soft Maple or WRC for the light face parts. I would look for some unusual wood for the tree maybe a live edge piece of wood. 
Suggested Blades:  Gold #5  for Western Red Cedar or any softwood. Platinum Plus #5,  Platinum #5,  TLB #5, Pegas MG-#5  for the hardwoods.  PLP #2/0, or TLB #2/0 to cut the interior lines (after the exterior lines are cut).  

Texturing the Bear;  
A Wonder Wheel used for adding texture to the fur.
I shaped the bear first, then marked with pencil the direction I want to follow with the wheel. Sometimes you have to keep rotating the wood to get to the right spot. I made deeper grooves by pressing the wood harder against the wheel. There will be a slight burn depending on the hardness of the wood. When the finish is applied it will tone down the appearance of the dark lines. 
How to sharpen the Wonder Wheel        Using the Wonder Wheel
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