Happy as a cock in the henhouse Carving

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Project by Josh Carte posted 09-15-2014 07:02 PM 1716 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this fella’, “Happy as a cock in the henhouse”. He’s got one of those grins- you know what kind I’m talking about. His smile is contagious and so is his attitude. He likes to talk a bit, even to those that don’t wish to listen. Some might even go as far as to call him a wee bit ornery. I’d have to say I agree.

Carved this fella’ in a Hemlock knot. Many of you know what knots are, but many folks don’t. For those of you that don’t know what a knot is….... Knots are formed where a branch of a tree meets the base of a tree. They are very dense and add extra strength to the branch. When the tree finally dies and falls to the ground, everything eventually rots away…. except for the knots- they will rot eventually if left to the bugs long enough, but they are much more resilient than the rest of the tree. These stabile, pitch-filled remains make for an excellent carving medium as each one is unique and full of character.

I like to try and leave the base color of my knots as natural as possible- I love the earthy vibe! For the deep crevices, shallow wrinkles and overall shading, I like to use a dark brown acrylic paint. I dilute the paint to different tones until I get the look I desire :)

this carving will be up for auction on Ebay beginning this evening at 9pm eastern time. Just search my name, ” Josh Carte” and you will find all of the carvings that I have up for auction at any given time. Be sure to favorite me as a seller, so you can see all of my new work. Also have lots of good stuff in my etsy shop: Hope your day is awesome!


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#1 posted 09-15-2014 07:22 PM

Another work of Art! Love your work.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 09-15-2014 07:53 PM

Thanks, Oldrivers :)


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#3 posted 09-15-2014 08:05 PM

Very nice happy dude. Do I see whiskers hanging down past the lip on his right side? Great touch!

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

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#4 posted 09-15-2014 08:19 PM

A real ringleader. Well done Josh.


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#5 posted 09-15-2014 08:50 PM

Nice one, Josh!!!..........Jim

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

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#6 posted 09-15-2014 09:32 PM

excellent carving! what a wonderful expression,

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 09-15-2014 09:55 PM

Thanks everyone! :) :)


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#8 posted 09-15-2014 10:07 PM

Very Nice! He just makes you Smile!!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#9 posted 09-15-2014 10:17 PM

Another great job. I really like the natural edges on his “hat” – they balance out the flowing whiskers.

-- Leafherder

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#10 posted 09-16-2014 01:28 AM

Looking great Josh

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 09-16-2014 01:35 AM

Hey Josh, He certainly has that “Grin”.
Great 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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#12 posted 09-16-2014 02:01 AM

Much love, all! He does have that “grin” doesn’t he, Bob?! :)


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#13 posted 09-16-2014 02:31 AM

Congratulations on top 3 Josh! To the Cylon master carver! Ohm!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 09-16-2014 02:48 AM

You certainly know how to bring an old bit of timber to life & make it believable.
Another beauty Josh well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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