Mother Nature, Maple Burl Carving

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Project by Josh Carte posted 08-05-2014 03:51 PM 1720 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t typically sketch my ideas before carving them. I usually feel like it’s a waste of time because once I can see the idea in my head, there’s no sense in putting it on paper before carving it in wood. I usually think that just makes for more work. I felt like I needed to sketch this idea to really be able to see it. I’m glad that I did because I really love the result :)

This carving is called, “Mother Nature”. There are lots of pose variations running through my head each time I look at this carving. I believe this one will be the first of its’ style with others to follow. This carving is in Big Leaf Maple burl, a wood that I can hardly believe is real because of how unique and beautiful it is. Mother Nature is 17” tall, 8” wide and 1” thick.

As I stated above, I first drew this design out on paper. After that, I drew the design onto wood. I used a jig saw to cut out the negative spaces. Everything else was done using hand tools and sand paper- finished with 3 coats of spray lacquer. I sign and place a hanger on the back of all of my wall art.

This carving will be listed on ebay- search, “Josh Carte” in the space provided on ebay and there you’ll find me :)



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#1 posted 08-05-2014 04:31 PM


I’ve been intensively working on problems in the upstairs bathroom. Plumber had to be called. Looks like I may have a fix now that will last. LOL! All that to say I’ve been away. LOL!

I appreciate your explanation. Nice workmanship and piece…. as always!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 08-05-2014 04:54 PM

Glad you got things fixed up, Doc :) Thanks!


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#3 posted 08-05-2014 07:23 PM

Beautiful art\wood work.
You have done that beautiful piece of timber justice.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#4 posted 08-05-2014 07:38 PM

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#5 posted 08-07-2014 12:03 PM

Ahh, just beautiful! I’da called her, “Mother Earth”

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 08-07-2014 01:02 PM

Thanks, Roger! At first, I was going to call her that :)


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#7 posted 08-15-2014 09:10 PM

Love it, Josh!! Perfect use for the wood!!



-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#8 posted 08-16-2014 02:42 AM

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