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September 4, 2011

I signed a couple of books to a Kodiak Grizzly Bear

Filed under: Of Interest,Publications,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 4:20 pm

Yesterday at the annual Ft. Bridger Rendezvous in Ft. Bridger, Wyoming I attended as I have from the early 1970’s, this year selling books and Moses T’s Gunstocker’s Finish.  Sold all the books and all the oil finish, had a great time.  Picked up a nice small folding corkscrew and a reproduction Colonial era, bone handle pocket knife in the French style.

Just while leaving, ran into some very dear friends, Doug and Lynn, their two grand kids and a couple of well trained dogs.  He wanted a signed copy of Hide Glue – Historic & Practical Applications and a copy of Shellac, Linseed Oil, & Paint – Traditional 19th Century Woodwork Finishes.  And he wanted a special inscription:

To My Friends, Doug and Bart the Bear.

That is certainly the most unusual request I have had for an inscription.



  1. This is a pretty hilarious experience you had! It must still be exciting as an author when you have people approaching you to sign your books, even if you are signing to a Kodiak Grizzly Bear like in this case. Can you possibly provide some back story on Bart the Bear? It looks like he’s made out of wood, is that correct? I initially thought that he was made of wood and that you physically inscribed the bear with words for some reason, but I realized that you were talking about books when I read the article more closely.

    Comment by Milan Adam — September 4, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

  2. Milan,

    No that is a real live Kodiak Grizzley Bear, he is a movie star, The Bears, Dr. Doolittle, etc. My friends Doug and Lynn raise wild animals for the movie business. Known Bart since he was a cub.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — September 5, 2011 @ 6:43 am

  3. What type of finish does Bart prefer to use?

    Comment by Gary Roberts — September 5, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

  4. Historically Salmon Oil, recently Chicken Fat.

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — September 5, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

  5. salmon oil… haft head over to Woodcraft and buy some. Bet my cats would like it too.

    Comment by Gary Roberts — September 5, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

  6. Stephen,

    No kidding, eh? I didn’t even know it was possible to have those trained and domesticated, I guess I never thought of it before. Bart looks colossal in that picture, your friend Doug must really trust him to just be hanging out beside him like that, that’s really amazing. Thanks a lot for the extra information. Now I feel like I want to watch those movies just so I can see Bart the Bear hanging out in one of them. There are no Grizzlies in eastern Canada, just black bears that everyone is terrified of seeing in the forest up here, I always thought people just stayed far away from bears where possible. This story makes a lot more sense now that I know Bart the Bear is a real Bear and not a piece of wood!


    Comment by Milan Adam — September 6, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

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