Who was John Muir?

JohnMuirTheBigForestBlog1SmallThe Found Gallery in Dunbar, Scotland asked us to make a bear to celebrate John Muir (1838 – 1914) the Scottish American naturalist. Dunbar is Muir’s birthplace and there is an event in April to raise a glass to the famous man and open John Muir Way. It’s a selling show and features another piece of our work, a hiker panda off on an adventure with his faithful dog. Find out more at The Found Galley Facebook page.


We didn’t know much about Muir before our research. He was both an author and one of the first advocates for nature and wilderness preservation in the United States so why hadn’t he flashed on to our creative radar earlier? A mystery!JohnmuirTheBigForestBlog2Small

His letters, essays, and books about his adventures in nature have been read by millions and his activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, The Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. Check out Wikipedia, there is chapter and verse on his wonderful achievements.


Although Muir left Dunbar as a young man (visit his birthplace here) we imagined him setting off on his travels a copy of one of his books and a map to guide the journey from Dunbar to the Yosemite Valley. He has his walking stick tucked under a paw and an intelligent pooch to keep him company.


If you are in and around Edinburgh over the next 6 weeks and fancy owning your very own handmade tableau from TheBigForest a trip to the Found Gallery some 25 minutes away in sunny Dunbar is well worthwhile, it has great reviews on Trip Advisor and a lively twitter telling you of the exhibiting artists and their work.


Do tell us about your visit if you go!

The Found Gallery

84 High Street, Dunbar,

East Lothian

EH42 1JH
01368 865492



About TheBigForest

TheBigForest. A silly artist maker creating in felt and paper construction. Like us on Facebook: TheBigForest. Find us at Twitter : twitter/TheBigForestuk


  1. Brilliant work! You did such a wonderful job – good luck with the exhibition!

  2. These are wonderful–the attention to detail and the personality that comes across in the bears and the dogs–amazing!

    • Aww thank you! We have worked hard on the personality thing and we are so glad its paid off. We have a busy day in the studio today making commissions.

  3. ;-))) aw yes I know, but I just absolutely could not hold back my enthusiasm and admiration. Have a great week!

  4. oh my God, both bears and dogs are absolutely ADORABLE, I cannot believe how fantastic they are. I love them.
    Benjamin, would you marry me, please? ;-D

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