Pine Needles, Antlers and Bears - Oh My!

Artist Richard Carpenter makes life-size bears out of pine needles. Hundreds of thousands of pine needles to be exact.

Mountain Magic - A New LifeMountain Magic - A New Life

It took over 8 months to make this life-size bear. One of these bears weighs anywhere from 40 to 60 pounds. The cub took about 3 months. The pine needles were gathered off the ground, sorted, washed, trimmed and hand-woven.

Richard Carpenter lives in Salmon, Idaho near the Salmon River. When he moved there to take care of his Dad, he needed to find a way to make a living other than a minimum wage job. So he brought his creative talents into the picture. He was inspired by his surroundings and started using the natural elements to create his artwork.

White Heart - 6 foot tall black bearWhite Heart - 6 foot tall black bear

Buster the BearBuster the Bear

He also makes gorgeous carvings from antlers of various animals, whatever he can find. He uses antler from deer, moose and elk, which are shed every year. Check out the exquisite details in each picture.

What an environmentally friendly guy, using natural products to create his bears. And animal activists, take note, he waits for the animal to shed its antlers.

I would say that this artist has a ton of patience. If it were me, I would have given up after gathering the pine needles off of the ground.

What do you think of this pine needle and antler artwork? 


Source: Richard Carpenter

Jun 12, 2008
by Anonymous


I love them though it should have been better photographed. To expensive for most people again?*shrugs* I would have liked some of them. Though probably cant afford it.

Jun 15, 2008
by Anonymous

not the cuddly type

it's not a cuddly bear, wouldn't want to fall on it either.

Jun 21, 2008
by Anonymous