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Dad. by ErikBrush Dad. by ErikBrush
This is the completed woodburning (Pyrography) art piece titled "Dad", which features a male Silverback Mountain Gorilla from Virunga National Park in the Congo region of Africa. Additionally He has an infant gorilla nested comfortably against his chest and belly. You can see by the flecks of foliage in his fur that these two have been playing and moving around in the understory of the jungle. Gorillas in Africa are facing severe threats from encroachment of humans, illegal burning of forest to produce charcoal, and poaching. This is an issue that both species, Mountain and Lowland Gorillas are caught up in. Like many other animals worldwide habitat loss and human activity will be their greatest danger. Political instability and corruption plague the three African Nations responsible for the care and preservation of Gorillas and other keystone species within these regions.

The woodburn was done on birch. Between both Gorillas a total of 64,400 hairs (give or take 40 hairs or so) were individually burned into the wood. The scoring of wood with a heated burning tool leaves both marks and depressions in the wood which refract sunlight and leave a sheen to the fur when seen in strong lighting. The burner was set at 950F (510C) for the majority of this burn. The total time in the project was 37 hours.
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Given 2013-03-19
Dad. by ~ErikBrush is a magnificent pyrography piece exhibiting that this artist has a good grasp on the art-form. Be sure to check out this artists gallery for more great pyrography pieces. ( Suggested by BurningsByLena and Featured by Astralseed )
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pkitty14 Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mighty Joe Young? 
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:iconerikbrush:
Just a wild Mountain Gorilla and it's son. But hey, I suppose he can be whatever floats your boat. Joe Young? Why not? LOL.
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MartignatpointL Jul 15, 2013  Student Artist
Nice gorillos but i am only baboin :) Very hard to draw animals ! meeting monkey !
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:iconerikbrush:
Thank you! It was a fun piece to woodburn.
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bear48 May 11, 2013  Professional
very nice work
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:iconerikbrush:
Thanks so much! :)
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:iconrevan005:
Good work and cute.
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:iconerikbrush:
Thank you very much! :)
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