The Great Debater Carving

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Project by Josh Carte posted 09-02-2014 07:26 PM 1944 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This fella’ is a very deep thinker and wanderer. He’ll leave no stone unturned, no corner cleared until he painstakingly comes to a conclusion. Even the most menial of meanderings turns into the mountain of mole hills when this guy is in charge. Don’t be too quick to move or hurried to happen around the ol’ thinker or you will be sorely disappointed.

I carved this character in a Hemlock knot. I very much enjoy carving in knots as each one is unique. Knots are formed where the branches meet the base of Hemlock trees. When Hemlocks fall and rot, the resilient, pitch-filled knots remain in-tact on the ground for years and years. Each knot contains a very old spirit longing to be unveiled.

This carving is listed in auction format on The auction begins tonight at 10pm eastern time. The starting bid is 99 cents and there is NO RESERVE :) To find me and this carving, go to and in the search bar, type in “Josh Carte.” There you will find all of the carvings that I have listed on Ebay at any given time. Be sure to add me as a favorite seller so you can keep track of all of my new works. Thanks!


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#1 posted 09-03-2014 01:17 AM

He is a real deep thinker, that’s for sure.
Great work, and a lovely piece of wood.
Congratulations and thanks for showing,


-- 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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#2 posted 09-03-2014 01:30 AM

A very discerning eye on this fella’ great expression and detail thanks for posting.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 09-03-2014 01:34 AM

Great work Josh! Would you share the trearment you use on your faces? Is that paint? Stain? Other?

-- I do this for fun.

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#4 posted 09-03-2014 01:48 AM

Thank ya, folks :) Matt, I use different shades of brown acrylic paint on my faces. Actually, it’s only one color, just diluted to different tones. I leave the brown darkest for the deepest areas, lightest to wash the entire carving and the mid tone for shading. Most of the color of this face is the natural color of the wood with a very light acrylic wash over it. That’s why the grain and variances of the wood are so visible. I hope this all makes sense and helps if that’s what you are looking for :)


#5 posted 09-03-2014 02:48 AM

Josh, you job have character.


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#6 posted 09-03-2014 03:07 AM

Thank you, Lidiya :)


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#7 posted 09-03-2014 04:41 AM

good one, Josh

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

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#8 posted 09-03-2014 09:31 AM

This man’s face says he has seen much,
and has many a fine tale to tell.
Love the way you have incorporated the splits.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#9 posted 09-03-2014 10:56 AM

Thank you Jim and James :)


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#10 posted 09-03-2014 12:17 PM

Ohhhh. That look! Very serious.

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

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#11 posted 09-03-2014 12:37 PM

I don’t know how you “master” carvers see what you see in the wood? (Master in my book)
Great carving!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#12 posted 09-03-2014 03:44 PM

I like it. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 09-03-2014 04:24 PM

Roger, he means business :) Thank you very much James and Charles!


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#14 posted 09-03-2014 04:34 PM

Very nice character study—I really like this piece!

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

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#15 posted 09-03-2014 04:40 PM

Sorry I’m late to the party Josh! You’re on your game sir! good luck on Ebay posting. Have you considered or participated in any juried shows?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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