Raccoon Carving, Pierced Relief

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Project by Josh Carte posted 07-23-2014 06:55 PM 2414 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a pierced relief carving in Cherry. I really like this piece of wood because there is quite a bit of burl to it, natural edge and bark. I harvested this standing dead timber from my own woods a while back. I milled the slab out with a chainsaw and let it dry above my garage.

The creative part began with a quick drawing on the wood. Then, to the bandsaw for some shaping. Next, jigsaw time. Then, a little routering and on to the carving bench. There, I finished using rotary hand tools, i.e. burs and fast-moving sharp instruments :) Finished with spray lacquer.

This carving is around 8” tall, 20” wide and 2” thick.


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#1 posted 07-23-2014 07:14 PM

That’s great work I would hang it on my wall!!

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#2 posted 07-23-2014 07:37 PM

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#3 posted 07-24-2014 12:11 AM

A beautiful carving indeed.

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#4 posted 07-24-2014 12:16 PM

A very finely carved piece o art.

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#5 posted 07-24-2014 01:07 PM

you picked the perfect piece of wood for this, the figure is beautiful and your work is great, this should be displayed with much happiness..ive got some cherry myself and some of it is drop dead gorgeous…and would be perfect for something like this…

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#6 posted 07-24-2014 01:52 PM

Josh, this is another great looking carving.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 07-24-2014 02:16 PM

Thanks, guys! I very much appreciate all of your kind words and input :)


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#8 posted 07-24-2014 09:10 PM

Exceptional!You got superb carving skills. Thanks for sharing.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#9 posted 07-26-2014 08:44 PM


I’ve been making shavings. Haven’t been around to say wow!

WOW! Nice piece.

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#10 posted 07-26-2014 11:22 PM

Glad to heart you’re making shavings, Doc! Thanks for your compliments :)


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