Bears make very versatile subject matter for the
wood carver. Coffman's bear wood carvings are designed in a
lighthearted manner, designed in fact for humor. Bear
collectors enjoy the fact that they are hand carved
and original, and that the bears are signed and dated.
Each little figurine is stained to bring out the
detail in their faces.
Different people see different explanations for
similar bear poses. A fisherman bear with outspread
arms to show the size of the fish can be seen as a
bear expecting a hug. A laughing bear can be either
laughing with you or at you. One customer thought a
scratching bear was playing an air guitar. So many
couples look at the bear hugs and claim they look just
like them. A taller bear hugging a younger bear makes
a good child/grandparent gift.
When used as a gift, the bear wood carving can reflect the
recipients' interests. People consider them very
collectible and enjoy building their set with future
bears carved with specific suggestions from the
The fact that her bears are naturally bottom heavy
allows for poses that can take on a lively manner. The
bears can be designed to give a grouping of bears much
variety in poses. Goldilocks and the three bears is a
fun set. Gossiping bears would be a good grouping. One
couple uses their bears to show when one of the couple
is less than pleased, by turning one bear around, so
the bear is pouting.
It's all just fun.