Original Natural Wood Sculpture
by Clark Schreibeis




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"The Old Pro" Rocky MT Juniper - 24" High -interpretive Original Natural Wood Sculpture by Clark Schreibeis - Original Natural Wood Sculpture by Clark Schreibeis
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"The Old Pro"
Rocky MT Juniper - 24" High
Although he is five time World Champion fish carver, Clark Schreibeis does not limit himself exclusively to fish. Clark also enjoys carving stylized natural finish (unpainted) wildlife of all types. These exquisite hardwood sculptures capture the essence of the species while allowing the beauty, rhythm and flow of the natural wood to radiate and shine through.

A note from Clark:

"My favorite wood for carving natural wood sculptures is Rocky Mountain Juniper, Juniperus Scopulorum (of rocky cliff or crags). This juniper is also known as Colorado Juniper, Rocky Mountain Red Cedar, Western Juniper (Badlands Cedar or just Cedar as the local ranchers here in Montana call it).

Juniper is found scattered throughout the Rocky Mountain States and has been greatly utilized by cattle ranchers since the late 1800's for fence posts due to its availability and because it can stay in the ground for decades. It is said that there are "Cedar" fence posts still in use today that have survived the ravages of time and weather for nearly a century.

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A successful hunt in Eastern Montana Rocky MT Juniper -interpretive Original Natural Wood Sculpture by Clark Schreibeis - Original Natural Wood Sculpture by Clark Schreibeis
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A successful hunt in Eastern Montana
Rocky MT Juniper
Juniper is a beautiful wood with hues of red, brown and purple with occasional streaks of yellow running through the grain. Being very aromatic, it is also prized for the lining of cedar chests. Due to these qualities, plus the tightness and character of the grain, it makes an excellent carving wood for either hand or power tools.

While junipers range in height from 15 to 35 feet tall, their trunks average a 10-12 inch radius, rarely exceed two feet in diameter, and usually branch out 3 to 6 feet above the ground into gnarled and twisted limbs.

I've always enjoyed hunting because of the connection it gives me to God's creation, in some wildly fantastic places. Old dead and weathered Juniper wood is one of my favorite quarries and is found by hiking through the badlands and rolling hills of eastern Montana. Closely examining hundreds of dead standing trees (the only ones suitable for carving) I'm like a kid at Christmas time, while dreaming of all the possibilities. No two trees are alike and I have great respect for these old twisted trees that had lived for hundreds of years in such a harsh environment and then finally succumb to their age and the elements.

Searching for just the right piece for a chosen design is very challenging and yet there are few pastimes I enjoy as much. It's a thrill and gives great satisfaction to view the wood from its birthplace in the land and follow it all the way through to a finished carving. My prayer is that these sculptures not only bring people closer to the to the wildlife that they represent but also give honor and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Great Creator and Master Designer of all."


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