The bear has always been a totem for me. I remember camping several times and finding bear sign, and also having a bear mark a tree while I was out by my campfire. That one was a grizzly and I got into my camper fast, trust me. He was huffing and puffing, and scraping that tree like it was play doh for him. But bears have a special meaning to me. I am sort of bear like in my stature and build, I’m pretty much a loner, and I love my cubs and will fight for them. I can’t catch a fish for the life of me though. Anyway, this is cherry wood, and the claw is from a Kodiak, given to me by an Inuit native. The claw is huge, and I kept it for years wondering how I might honor the bear in a work of art. Then I took carving class, and it came about. Doing this work cost me over a year of healing from an injury to my finger while in the process. I have kept this one since it took a blood sacrifice to get it done. The heart is larger than a normal heart, about the size of bear’s is my guess. I tried to be as accurate as possible in making it look human.