A Happy Wood Spirit Carving :)

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Project by Josh Carte posted 05-05-2014 03:57 PM 2742 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This fella’ is just happy to be alive and kicking. He zipped up his pants, tucked in his shirt and put a smile on this morning. This carving measures 11” tall x 4” wide x 3” thick. I carved and painted this piece entirely by hand from a single piece of wood. The wood used for carving this guy is Hemlock knot. Hemlock knots form anywhere a branch meets the trunk of a Hemlock tree. Carving these pitch-filled knots is kind of like carving wax. It is difficult to see progress because the pitch tends to stick to the wood that is being worked, making for a blurred carving experience. I have to constantly wipe away the sawdust when working with this wood. The hassle is worth the reward, though. Many of the knots that I gather are well over 100 years old. It takes a large tree to form knots the size that I use. Then, it takes decades for the tree to rot enough for me to be able to collect the loose knots on the ground. I love collecting these knots: I get to roam around in the forest, searching for the stable, workable wood that nature has to offer. Wood is good :)


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#1 posted 05-05-2014 04:01 PM

Josh, he’s great. As an old fella that is just teaching myself to carve, I watch every thing you make closely. I will be doing power carving also.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 05-05-2014 05:20 PM

Awesome hunter71 :) I wish you lots of happiness in your carving!


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#3 posted 05-05-2014 05:54 PM

I never get tired of seeing yours and others carvings here. That is a neat carving. I love to be able to do that. What kind of power carver do you recommend for a novice? I have been eyeballing the Foredom setup, but haven’t accumulated the mad money yet to fork over. Not sure if that is one that would be recommended either. I’ve looked at it only because I can get a handpiece to fit my StewartMac router jig.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 05-05-2014 08:04 PM

Hello PaulDoug,
I use a Foredom for my carvings. It is pretty much all I have ever used as far as rotary tools goes. It is definitely a great set up. Thanks!


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#5 posted 05-05-2014 10:03 PM

Another good one Josh!

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#6 posted 05-06-2014 08:31 PM

very nice

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#7 posted 05-07-2014 03:52 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed Josh! Thanks For Posting.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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