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January 1, 2015

Bear carving contest1 / Concurso de tallado de oso1 / Concours de sculpture d’ours1 / Competition de entalhamento do urso1

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In English:

Last September we visited Ilomantsi which is small town quite near to the Eastern boundary in North Carelia region. Organizers of this competition had planned it very nicely, because carvings were spread around the town. Among competition carvings there were old carvings.

Maybe You can find some favorite carvings among them.

En español:

En septiembre pasado visitábamos Ilomantsi que es una pequeña ciudad muy cerca de la frontera oriental de la región de Karelia del Norte. Los organizadores de esta competición habían planeado muy bien la exposicíon, porque las tallas fueron fueron desperdigado en la ciudad. Entre las tallas de la competencia había tallas antiguas.

Tal vez Vos puede encontrar algunas tallas favoritos entre ellos.

En francais:

Dernière Septembre, nous avons visité Ilomantsi qui est une petite ville tout près de la frontière de l’Est dans la région de Carélie du Nord. Les organisateurs de ce concours avaient planifient excellemment la exposition, car les sculptures ont été répartis autour de la ville. Parmi les sculptures de la concurrence, il y avait de vieilles sculptures.

Peut-être que vous pouvez trouver quelques sculptures préférées parmi elles.

Em Português:

Em setembro passado, faziamos uma visita em Ilomantsi que é uma pequena cidade muito perto da fronteira oriental, na região da Carélia do Norte. Os organizadores desta competição tinha planejado muito bem la exposição , porque esculturas foram espalhadas ao redor da cidade. Entre esculturas concorrência havia esculturas antigas.

Talvez você possa encontrar algumas esculturas favoritas entre elas.

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Bear carving contest1 / Concurso de tallado de oso1 / Concours de sculpture d’ours1 / Competition de entalhamento do urso1

Bear carving contest1 / Concurso de tallado de oso1 / Concours de sculpture d'ours1 / Competition de entalhamento do urso1

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Bear carving contest2 / Concurso de tallado de oso2 / Concours de sculpture d’ours2 / Competition de entalhamento do urso2

More carved animals / Más animales tallados / Plus de animaux sculptés / Mais animais entalhados

Carved wooden animals 1 / Animales tallados en madera 1 / Animaux sculptés en bois 1 / Animais entalhados de madeira 1

Carved wooden animals 2 / Animales tallados en madera 2 / Animaux sculptés en bois 2 / Animais entalhados de madeira 2

Carved wooden animals 3 / Animales tallados en madera 3 / Animaux sculptés en bois 3 / Animais entalhados de madeira 3

Carved wooden animals 4 / Animales tallados en madera 4 / Animaux sculptés en bois4 / Animais entalhados de madeira 4

Carved wooden animals 5 / Animales tallados en madera 5 / Animaux sculptés en bois 5 / Animais entalhados de madeira 5

Carved wooden animals 6 / Animales tallados en madera 6 / Animaux sculptés en bois 6 / Animais entalhados de madeira 6

Carved wooden animals 7 / Animales tallados en madera 7 / Animaux sculptés en bois 7 / Animais entalhados de madeira 7

93 Comments »

  1. That would be really fun to see! By far, I like he carving of the three cubs the best! That one has the spirit of the bears that I see here.

    Comment by montucky — January 1, 2015 @ 09:11 | Reply

    • Hello Terry.

      Thank You starting New Year By commenting my first post. There were participants from many countries and I cannot say from which country the carver of three cubs came. Anyway to see all these it was cool. My personal favorite is the bear wearing “Native American Headdress”. In next post I have more details about it.

      Happy New Year!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 1, 2015 @ 13:26 | Reply

  2. Happy New Year!
    All is lifelike. I liked a polar bear.

    Comment by wakasahs15th — January 1, 2015 @ 10:32 | Reply

    • Hello Wakasahs15th.

      ありがとう! 明けましておめでとう!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 1, 2015 @ 11:23 | Reply

  3. They are wonderful!

    Comment by chrissiedixie — January 1, 2015 @ 11:49 | Reply

    • Hi Chrissie.

      Thank You. Happy New Year 2015!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 1, 2015 @ 12:49 | Reply

  4. The sculpture of the bear is your avatar. I love it with a face with the amiability. In today’s Miki-shi, it snows. It is unusual on New Year’s Day.
    I remember a musical instrument called the kantele when I say Karelia. I play it, too.
    It be a good year.

    Comment by medaka4841 — January 1, 2015 @ 12:28 | Reply

    • Hello Medaka4841.

      Oh, I am surprised that You know Kantele which is our national instrument and that You play it also!!! You must see my old post in which Salla plays 39 strings Kantele inside the church of Loviisa. There is also my short video showing Salla’s play! Listen to the beautiful melody!

      Salla plays Kantele.

      明けましておめでとう!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 1, 2015 @ 12:48 | Reply

  5. These are all wonderful–I can’t pick a favorite! Carving bears is a big thing here, where I live, in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, too!

    Comment by KerryCan — January 1, 2015 @ 13:49 | Reply

    • Hello Kerry.

      I am glad that You love my post and I was positively “surprised” to read that bears are big things where You live!

      Happy New Year!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 1, 2015 @ 13:56 | Reply

  6. A lovely series of photos, as always, Matti. I think the polar bears are adorable and so life-like. Sending blessings for a peaceful and happy 2015.

    Comment by Isabella Rose Photography — January 1, 2015 @ 13:56 | Reply

    • Hello Isabella.

      I am very glad for Your kind comment! Thank You.

      Happy New Year!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 1, 2015 @ 14:02 | Reply

  7. These carvings are very good.

    Comment by janeslog — January 1, 2015 @ 13:57 | Reply

  8. Coucou mon cher,
    Tout d’abord je vous souhaite à tous les 2 une merveilleuse année 2015 avec beaucoup d’amour, de joie de bonheur et de santé.
    C’est encore un superbe reportage, mes préférées sont celles avec mes oursons !!!!
    Grosses bises et à la semaine prochaine🙂

    Comment by Sophie L. — January 1, 2015 @ 16:09 | Reply

    • Bonjour chère Sophie.

      Merci beaucoup de tes éloges. Tes mot chauffent mon coeur ici dans le nord.

      Je te souhaite aussi Bonne année!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 2, 2015 @ 08:17 | Reply

  9. Great carvings! It’s wonderful to see the creativity and skill of the artists, who I assume used chain saws! It was impossible to choose a favorite, but because of the detail, I’m leaning to the bear with the head dress.Who won the competition? I also enjoyed looking back at your older carving posts, and definitely my favorite of these is #1, the wooden outside art.
    Happy New Year to you and your wife!

    Comment by Marilyn Albright — January 1, 2015 @ 16:31 | Reply

    • Hi Marilyn.

      Thank You leaving Your kind comment. I searched the winner and it was the one presenting three cubs. The first link which mentioned was photographed also in Ilomantsi only a couple of kilometers from the place where this competition happened. It is my favorite post, because there is so much humor in its statues.

      Happy New Year to you and yours!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 2, 2015 @ 08:36 | Reply

  10. Lovely bears!
    They make me smile.

    Comment by 洋子 — January 1, 2015 @ 16:34 | Reply

    • Hello 洋子.

      Very nice that they made You to smile. Thank You comenting.

      明けましておめでとう !

      Comment by Sartenada — January 2, 2015 @ 08:41 | Reply

  11. They are all so great! My favorite is the one of the two little bears climbing (they are smiling too, I think!). Happy New Year!

    Comment by Letizia — January 1, 2015 @ 16:36 | Reply

    • Hello Letizia.

      I am glad that You loved them. Thank You visiting my blog and leaving Your praising comment.

      Happy New Year!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 2, 2015 @ 08:47 | Reply

  12. Bonne année

    Comment by Bernieshoot — January 1, 2015 @ 17:14 | Reply

    • Bonjour Bernard.

      De même, pour vous aussi.

      Belle journée!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 2, 2015 @ 11:50 | Reply

  13. What a selection of different bears! Quite impressive how large some of them are (seeing Anja standing beside one of these bears)!
    I really couldn’t decide which participant had to do the most difficult work or who was the most creative guy who should have won the competition – but my favourite sculpture is the one with the little ice bears playing together.
    I just have started to have a look at your older posts mentioned just below your today’s article. Very interesting! Thanks for mentioning, Matti! — Michèle

    Comment by ladyfromhamburg — January 1, 2015 @ 17:38 | Reply

    • Guten Morgen Michèle.

      Your favorite was voted the winner by the public! I am very happy that You loved this photo series of mine. Thank You for your kind comment.

      Ich wünsche Ihnen ein Gutes Neues Jahr.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 2, 2015 @ 12:06 | Reply

  14. The carvings are amazing! It’s hard to imagine the artistry of the people who create these works of art. Your photos are simply marvelous. Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Comment by seniorhiker — January 1, 2015 @ 18:21 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      Thank you for Your comment. I am happy that You found my post interesting.

      Happy New Year to You and Yours!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 2, 2015 @ 12:45 | Reply

  15. Actually , I like them all and love the idea of the town spread all over by the carved bears!
    Happy new year,, by he way!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — January 1, 2015 @ 18:32 | Reply

    • Chiao Anna.

      It was indeed nice to stroll around the town and to find new bears. Thank You commenting.

      Buon Anno!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 2, 2015 @ 12:48 | Reply

  16. Thank you for this posting. I particularly enjoyed your photographs of the bears. My grandmother’s maiden name was Karhu,which I understand means – bear- in Finnish . She came from Isokyro to live in the United States in 1896 at the age of nine. My grandfather also came from Finland but his family name was changed by his grandfather This makes it almost impossible to do any genealogical research.

    The lighter colored bears reminded me of my young relatives who are Inuit and live in Nunavut. My nephew married an Inuit and together they had four boys.

    Comment by Claire Lindell — January 1, 2015 @ 21:25 | Reply

    • Hello Claire.

      Thank You for Your interesting comment!!! I know Isokyrö because few years ago we visited there seeking some possible relatives on its graveyards. There are two nice churches in Isokyrö which I photographed. Yes, indeed the name Karhu means bear! Bears are very popular in Finland and that’s why it has many nicknames like. “Kontio, otso mesikämmen, nalle”. What is interesting when talking about Isokyrö is it, that the War Memorial of the new church presents Bear!!!

      Here is my photo of it in my old post:

      Memorials.

      Happy New Year to You and Yours!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 2, 2015 @ 13:30 | Reply

  17. Lovely bear!

    Happy New Year♪

    Comment by harubocchan — January 2, 2015 @ 00:26 | Reply

    • Hello Haruboccan.

      Thank You for Your comment.

      明けましておめでとう !

      Comment by Sartenada — January 2, 2015 @ 13:54 | Reply

  18. I enjoyed your post, very much. We have a Christmas ornament of Santa that is carved out of wood. The bear carvings madr me think of it. They are quite beautiful!

    Comment by elisa ruland — January 2, 2015 @ 01:51 | Reply

    • Hi Elisa.

      I am glad that You enjoyed my post. Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Happy New Year to You and Yours!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 2, 2015 @ 13:55 | Reply

  19. Lovely carvings! My favorite is the one with 3 polar bear cubs!

    Comment by Tiny — January 2, 2015 @ 04:04 | Reply

    • Hi Tiny.

      Your favorite won the contest! Thank You leaving Your comment.

      Happy New Year!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 2, 2015 @ 14:03 | Reply

  20. Happy New Year!
    Every bear statue is good!
    accordion bear is my favorite!
    Bear’s hair is real.

    What’s doing in new year’s day in Finland?

    Comment by キース — January 2, 2015 @ 07:02 | Reply

    • Hi Keith.

      I am glad that You loved this post. Thank You commenting it.

      明けましておめでとう !

      Comment by Sartenada — January 2, 2015 @ 14:05 | Reply

  21. Je te souhaite tous mes vœux pour
    cette nouvelle année 2015 , pleine de bonheur
    pour toi et ta famille.
    Ils sont difficiles à départager les concurrents,
    les ours sont tous magnifiques.
    Belle fin de soirée. Hervé

    Comment by vever02 — January 2, 2015 @ 20:11 | Reply

    • Bonjour Hervé.

      Bonne Année à toi aussi. Je souhaite que tes jours sont remplis de joie de vivre, paix et la santé. Merci de m’avoir faite un commentaire si gentil!

      Je te souhaite une agréable journée!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 3, 2015 @ 08:55 | Reply

  22. We have a carved bear in our backyard that looks very similar to the first photos. What an interesting competition!

    Comment by Sue Slaght — January 3, 2015 @ 07:12 | Reply

    • Hello Sue.

      Congratulations for Your swimming and having Your own carved bear. Thank You for Your comment.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 3, 2015 @ 09:43 | Reply

  23. Happy New Year 2015!!! Wishing you all the best for this new year🙂
    The carvings are impressive, I think they are very lifelike, always fun to visit with you…

    Comment by daniellajoe — January 3, 2015 @ 08:17 | Reply

    • Hi Daniella.

      I am happy when reading Your comment. Thank You.

      Happy New Year to You and Yours!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 3, 2015 @ 09:44 | Reply

  24. C’est juste Magnifique. Bravo
    Un petit Bonjour des Alpes françaises

    Comment by elisa-bonheurs — January 3, 2015 @ 15:36 | Reply

    • Bonjour Elisa.

      Quelle joie de lire votre commentaire; j’en suis très heureux. Merci beaucoup.

      Je te souhaite un bon dimanche.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 4, 2015 @ 09:33 | Reply

  25. The first one has such a nice expression, Sartenada, but the tumbling polar bears are gorgeous. 🙂 Lovely post!
    Happy 2015 to you 🙂

    Comment by restlessjo — January 3, 2015 @ 17:42 | Reply

    • Hello Johanna.

      I am very glad when reading that, You found Your favorite bears among these. Thank You.

      Have a great start of this year!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 4, 2015 @ 09:40 | Reply

  26. These are amazing! I think my favorites are the bear with the accordian and the two cubs on the tree. Fabulous! Here’s to a wonderful 2015!🙂

    Comment by Linda Arthur Tejera — January 3, 2015 @ 19:35 | Reply

    • Hi Linda.

      How nice that You left Your comment. I’m very happy about it. Thank You.

      Have a great start of this year!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 4, 2015 @ 09:44 | Reply

  27. Beautiful work !! Happy New Year❤

    Comment by Leyla — January 3, 2015 @ 19:43 | Reply

    • Hi Leyla.

      Thank You very much for Your comment!

      Have great start of this New Year 2015.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 4, 2015 @ 09:46 | Reply

  28. bonsoir mon ami elles sont toutes très belles celle avec l’accordéon me plait bien. Mes meilleurs voeux pour toi et ta femme de la joie du bonheur de la santé encore de beaux articles à venir bises MA

    Comment by AUDOLY-NOURIAN — January 3, 2015 @ 20:43 | Reply

    • Bonsoir MA.

      Tes visites sur mon blog sont toujours un plaisir pour moi. Merci d’avoir faite le commentaire si gentil

      Je te souhaite une agréable journée! bises.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 4, 2015 @ 09:48 | Reply

  29. ♪ que divertido ! “well done” — especially the first, accordion-playing one. seems carved bears are becoming ever-more popular in many places ~~

    Comment by betunada — January 4, 2015 @ 02:07 | Reply

    • Hello Betunada.

      Thank You leaving Your kind comment. Especially carved bears are very popular here in Finland.

      Have a great start of this New Year 2015!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 4, 2015 @ 09:59 | Reply

  30. I love this post Sartenada… By the way… just wondering… are you a carved bear?😛
    Sending you all my best wishes for 2015!. Aquileana😀

    Comment by Aquileana — January 4, 2015 @ 04:06 | Reply

    • Hello Aquileana.

      I am very happy when reading your praising comment. Thank You.

      All the best to You also for this New Year 2015.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 4, 2015 @ 10:02 | Reply

  31. Happy New Year!
    so meny your brothers!
    for me, wood carving bear is you(^_-)

    Comment by kanaconnie — January 4, 2015 @ 09:36 | Reply

    • Hi Connie.

      Well, You got it!🙂

      ありがとうございます.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 4, 2015 @ 10:19 | Reply

  32. These are great pictures – I especially like the playful cubs. Beautiful carvings!

    Comment by megtraveling — January 4, 2015 @ 19:25 | Reply

    • Hi Meg.

      I appreciate Your comment. Thank You visiting this post and leaving Your kind comment.

      Have a great start of new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 5, 2015 @ 08:15 | Reply

  33. Wow, they are all great! It is difficult to choose, I like the playing cubs, the ones that look like totem poles and the one with the head-dress. Thank you for sharing.

    Comment by Tokeloshe — January 4, 2015 @ 23:07 | Reply

    • Hi Linda.

      It was nice trip to see these carvings. I am glad that You loved my post. Thank You.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 5, 2015 @ 08:32 | Reply

  34. It is amazing! I have visited Sortavala in Karelia and Lamberg island in 1979. Had an accident in the air on my flight home. Some memories:)

    Comment by inesephoto — January 5, 2015 @ 01:01 | Reply

    • Hello Inesephoto.

      Wow, You have been in Sortavala! Probably You know that in WW II, we lost it. Sortavala is very near to Ilomantsi, the town in which the bear carving was kept. Thank You commenting my post!

      Maybe You could compare our trip to Karelia from my old post>

      Return to the roots.

      Have a great start of this New Year!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 5, 2015 @ 09:00 | Reply

      • Thank you! I just checked, it is so interesting, i will return and read thoroughly. Russia is notorious for annexing other nation’s land… .but I am glad that there is no industrial objects built and the forests are more or less preserved. May be one day this land will go back to your country…

        Comment by inesephoto — January 5, 2015 @ 11:05 | Reply

        • Referring to the last sentence, many of us hope so. There was a culture which is still living in our memories, art, songs etc. Maybe this is cool example:

          Church scale models from matches.

          Have a nice day!

          Comment by Sartenada — January 5, 2015 @ 11:14 | Reply

  35. This is crazy ! Some statues are incredible, must be difficult to find a winner !

    Comment by darwinontherocks — January 8, 2015 @ 11:26 | Reply

    • Hi Darwinontherocks.

      So nice to read that You loved my post. Thank you.

      Have a pleasant day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 8, 2015 @ 16:35 | Reply

  36. VERY original and informative post! I enjoyed beautiful virtual tour🙂 Happy New Year. Bye. Kamila

    Comment by Kamila Pala — January 10, 2015 @ 15:37 | Reply

    • Hi Kamila.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. I appreciate it. Happy New Year to You also.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 11, 2015 @ 14:28 | Reply

  37. What fun…. certainly something different!

    Comment by RMW — January 11, 2015 @ 02:46 | Reply

    • Hello Roslyn.

      It was fun surely. We enjoyed the happening with full heart. Thank You commenting.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 11, 2015 @ 09:29 | Reply

  38. Beautiful photos! It’s so amazing that the artists can make wood look just like fur!

    Comment by Ann — January 11, 2015 @ 14:18 | Reply

    • Hello Ann.

      How nice to read that You loved my post. Thank You.

      Have a nice Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 11, 2015 @ 14:25 | Reply

  39. Very creative – and funny! – bear carvings. I wish you a creative and Happy New Year, Matti!

    Comment by Truels — January 13, 2015 @ 01:25 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      Should I say: “only in Finland” man can find things You never thought existed.🙂

      Happy New Year to You also.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 13, 2015 @ 08:14 | Reply

  40. How exquisite and powerful works! These carvings look like a real bear.

    Comment by superkamui — January 14, 2015 @ 14:09 | Reply

    • こんばんは Superkamui.

      Very ice comment: I appreciate it.

      ありがとうございます.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 14, 2015 @ 14:21 | Reply

  41. Bears spirits! Great post and love the images – Happy New Year 2015 – hope it is not too late and wishing you for beautiful year!!

    Comment by Indah Susanti — January 14, 2015 @ 17:15 | Reply

    • Hi Indah.

      I am very happy that You left Your kind comment here. Thank You. Happy New Year 2015 to You also.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 15, 2015 @ 08:38 | Reply

  42. Such clever work. I love how each bear has a different expression.

    Comment by the eternal traveller — April 1, 2016 @ 12:29 | Reply

    • Thank You Carol. I appreciate very much that You have visited my posts!!! As You notice, blogs give a lot of information. Thank You. Matti.

      Comment by Sartenada — April 1, 2016 @ 12:34 | Reply


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