I've posted these photos on Facebook, but for those not involved in the Facebook world, I wanted to share with you my latest piece and some photos of it during the process. This has possibly become my favorite piece I've done so far, and I was blessed and honored to receive the Breakthrough award with this at the WV show this past weekend. This is a 3 lb. baby bobcat I got from Marc (old60furs) and I decided to do a pose where he was clinging to a branch, having lost his balance and slipped off. Some finished photos: Now here is how "baby bob" was created ... The body and the back legs were carved, and the front legs were created using the actual bones, cleaned, dried and foamed over top of. The head was a simple skull cast. The carcass tracing and the body, neck and back legs traced onto carving foam Pieces cut out and all the necessary tools I didn't spend a whole lot of time (clearly - lol!) when it came to this sculpture, but a quick sculpture in clay helped to me decide just how I wanted to arrange the legs ( I ended up reversing the back legs - but I mainly was trying to figure out if I wanted to place the front paws side by side, or if I wanted them to "loop" around the branch) Here I've got my body roughed in This is where it looks really cool. After cleaning and pickling the scapula and front leg bones, I wired and attached them to the body. After drying, I applied foam and carved to shape. The claws were left on the toe bones, so each one could be positioned as needed to get the proper tree grabbing effect. Toe bones were built up and strengthened with apoxie (Why the drawn on face you may ask? I dunno, it helps me visualize where it is looking !) And here is bob right before mounting, with clay work and dental acrylic septum in place Hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed working on the little guy!!