Wood Spirit Made From Driftwood

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This is a Wood Spirit carving from red beech driftwood. It is 44 cms high and is the largest work I have completed so far. Took about 2 years off and on with large time gaps in between sessions. Originally I didn’t have the skills to get the result I wanted, then I had to develop some of the tools to undertake the finishing work. The wood is quite hard and has a ripple through it that made for a difficult grain. When undertaking carvings like this I try to blend the shape into the natural features as much as possible. The nose has a bend in it because it follows a ridge that was on the wood. I do like the textures surface that occurs naturally on some driftwoods and seek to retain as much of it as I can.

Fortunately we have a lot of great timber washing around our coasts so its not hard to get high quality material. The colour is as the wood is and has not been stained in any way. I used french polish for the finish. Larger works are much more tricky than the smaller ones I usually produce. Mistakes are pretty obvious and errors of facial shape stick out. However the whole project was very rewarding and it made me think a lot about what I was doing and ways to achieve a result I am very happy with.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 07-13-2014 09:54 AM

You did a fantastic job on this carving. I imagine it was quite satisfying when you “knew” it was finished. To step back and look at this and realize the time and skills it took to create this masterpiece. Very nice work indeed.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 07-13-2014 12:20 PM

Beautiful carving job,John!!....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 07-13-2014 12:53 PM

Excellent job, looks good! I see some emotion coming from the eyes…

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#4 posted 07-13-2014 02:03 PM

Very nice carving—lots of character.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 07-13-2014 09:03 PM

Good work, looks great!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 07-13-2014 10:30 PM

Thank you all for the comments. It was a fun project but I am glad it is finally finished.

-- RusticJohn

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#7 posted 07-14-2014 12:19 AM

super carving. I certainly like how you have shaped the face and features to follow the wood. It is a very interesting and expressive carving. As well the natural colour of the wood is quite nice.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 07-14-2014 05:08 AM

This was just driftwood lying on a beach. Anyone could have found it and used it to light a fire or it could have been washed out to sea again. Hidden treasures in full view.

-- RusticJohn

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#9 posted 07-14-2014 07:10 AM

Beautiful carving.
hat’s the great thing about drift wood. The glory is just waiting for someone to let it out and you did it big time.

-- Dave -

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