Slideshow: Bear Shape Spotted in Holding Park

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The rough shape of a bear can be seen in Holding Park today.

Don’t be alarmed. It’s not a real bear.

The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Wake Forest Arts to bring master carver Jerry Reid to town to turn a large tree stump into a bear based on a drawing submitted by Heritage High School freshman Cameron Day.

Day, 14, had her drawing “Bear Chair” selected from a dozen entries in the town’s first Tree Sculpture Contest, and Reid will bring that drawing to a larger-than-life size rendition. Day’s winning drawing was unveiled at the town’s annual Arbor Day celebration (video below).

Master Carver Jerry Reid has begun the meticulous process of converting the tree trunk into a one-of-a-kind “bear chair.” He will return daily throughout the remainder of the week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to complete the much-anticipated project.

Reid is using three different chainsaws to carve the bear. He started yesterday at 9 a.m., and was able to carve out the bear’s basic shape before day’s end. He plans to add detail to the sculpture today. Tomorrow Reid will burn the wood to add color to the bear.

For more information about this week’s tree sculpting, contact Urban Forester Evan Keto at (919) 435-9565 or

PHOTO CREDIT: Jennifer Stark (Carving photos)

Timothy J. Lavallee

Timothy J. Lavallee

Timothy J. Lavallee lives in Wake Forest. He is a married father of a son, a daughter, and a rescued boxer dog named Belle. He is the co-founder of Destination Wake Forest.

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