Walnut Wizard Carving

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Project by Josh Carte posted 08-26-2014 07:12 PM 2149 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this happy guy in a piece of Walnut driftwood. I do believe this is the happiest character I have ever carved. I thought the last guy was it, but this fella’ takes the cake :) I call this carving, “Elation”.

“Elation” measures 18” tall, 10” wide and 4” thick- Ginormous :)

The beard is the natural Walnut color and the face is painted with acrylics. I finish each piece with a coat of spray lacquer. This is enough to protect the paint without making the carving shiny. I feel like this sort of carving belongs indoors only, so I am able to keep a matte finish with no worry.

This carving will be sold at auction on Ebay beginning tonight at 9pm eastern. I start the bidding at 99 cents, but I put a reserve on this piece because it is so large and took so much time- plus I kind of want to keep it for myself :) To find this carving after 9 pm this evening, go to: and type in the words Josh Carte. Hit enter and all of the carvings that I have for sale at the time will show up. Hope this fella’ makes you smile! Have a good one :)


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#1 posted 08-26-2014 07:16 PM

Over the Top super work I love it he brings out the smiles.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 08-26-2014 07:34 PM

Thanks, Oldrivers! He definitely gets me grinnin’ :)


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#3 posted 08-26-2014 08:44 PM

Nothing like adding emotion to a piece to bring it to life. Nice work.

-- J. E. Ekholdt, Wrightwood,

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#4 posted 08-26-2014 08:55 PM

Very nice work, looks terrific.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 08-26-2014 09:04 PM

Perfect use of the material you had. I like this guy.

-- duane

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#6 posted 08-26-2014 10:01 PM

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#7 posted 08-27-2014 01:56 AM

Happy, Happy, Happy

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 08-27-2014 02:01 AM

Josh, he really is Elated. The happiest carving I have ever seen.
Congratulations on a super job.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 08-27-2014 03:10 AM

Thanks, Bob and Hunter :) Very much appreciated!


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#10 posted 08-29-2014 03:38 AM

Beautiful carving!!

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

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#11 posted 08-29-2014 04:38 AM

I always have loved your carvings…show em off to everyone who appreciates wood art….you are extremely talented and I’d love to have one of your carvings!

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#12 posted 08-29-2014 02:58 PM

Thanks, Jim and Jman75 :) Much obliged :)


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#13 posted 08-29-2014 10:42 PM

So expressive and detailed as always…

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

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#14 posted 08-29-2014 11:47 PM

That carving is some awesome work! This deserves a Daily Top 3 if you asked me. I saw hunk of 2”x 4” get recognition a while ago and this din’t WOW! Crazy! Your work is super fine Good luck on eBay!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#15 posted 08-30-2014 12:16 AM

Thanks, Roger! Thank you, Woodshaver :) That’s funny that I got beat out by a 2”x4” haha :) Much love, regardless…


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