Tree Carving in Apple Wood

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Project by Josh Carte posted 01-01-2015 08:07 PM 1674 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This tree is carved in a piece of dry, Apple wood. It measures 11 3/4” tall, 4” wide and 3” thick. This wood will not change or split any further. There is a split down the back side of the tree that occurred as this piece of Apple was drying naturally in the woods.

I began carving this pine tree with a chainsaw and then moved on to a few different hand tools to complete the carving. Shaping the tree with a chainsaw goes pretty quick, but all of the detail in this tree really takes a great deal of time. It is finished with 3 coats of urethane to protect the wood. This is a free-standing sculpture.

I must say that Apple is probably the hardest wood I’ve carved so far.


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#1 posted 01-01-2015 08:20 PM

That is just so cool. Apple wood looks very nice.

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#2 posted 01-01-2015 10:18 PM

Great talent you have, Josh. That is a cool tree!

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

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#3 posted 01-02-2015 12:55 AM

Nice piece Josh. It’s good that you only have one check in the wood. I’ve tried a variety of fruit woods from various orchards nearby, and about the only thing that is almost guaranteed is that you will get checks as it dries. Cherry seems to be about the worst from what I have worked with so far.
Anyhow, congratulations on another piece of art!!!

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 01-02-2015 02:55 AM

Thanks, guys! John, this piece dried in nature as part of the tree. The tree was standing dead when I harvested this limb. I would say that if I had harvested this branch when it was green and painted the ends with Anchorseal or latex paint, it wouldn’t have split. I’ve always had very good luck with Cherry :) Much love to ya!


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#5 posted 01-02-2015 03:47 AM

Josh, It goes well with all your hobbits. Nicely done!

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#6 posted 01-02-2015 02:40 PM

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