Woodturning A Free Climbing Bear

Climbing Bear Walnut

May also be viewed on YouTube.

In this project I re-create a climbing bear I had made for my children with one significant improvement — he’s round. The former bear was a flat piece of wood in somewhat the shape of a bear. While any self-respecting wild bear my not recoginize this one, I do and I think the next generation, my grand children, will recognize.

This bear is a split turning, meaning that there is another just like him from the other half of the blank. In addition, I turned his four legs, top bar, and beads.

He is finished with shellac friction polish which is then buffed to a nice shine.

Alternatively pulling his cords helps him climb up.

4 Responses to “Woodturning A Free Climbing Bear”

  1. Serjo says:

    Hi Alan,

    Nice work, great movie, as always !

    kind regards

  2. Cliff says:

    Is there a pattern for the holes to make it climb?

    • Alan says:

      There’s no specific pattern. The principle is that the hole has to be at sufficient angle to allow the cord to bind in the hole when stretched tight.
      I estimate 25 to 45 degrees should work.