Mountain Man Carving, Wood Spirit Face

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Project by Josh Carte posted 01-22-2015 09:43 PM 5983 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I now include a Certificate of Authenticity with all of my wood spirit carvings :) A good friend of mine, Bob, created the certificate taking my 3d carvings and turning them into 2D images- very cool, I think.

This wild and crazy mountain man is carved in a Hemlock knot and painted with oils. This is my first go round with oil paint, and I’m pleased with the workability of the paint.

This carving is 15 1/2” tall, 5 1/2” wide and 3 1/2” thick.

This guy is listed in my shop:


” Just Get On With It Already “

I’m old, tired and sick of waiting. I’ve heard your rig-a-maroo already, and not one bit of what you say today is different from what you said yesterday. So, please do us both a favor and just get on with it already.

I love to carve expressions, full of life and detail, each being different than the last. Every piece of wood presents different opportunities.


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#1 posted 01-22-2015 11:26 PM

Hey Josh, I’ve never seen a “Mountain Man” before but this work of Art is surely a classic image of a Wild One.
Great work and I love your Certificates.
Thanks for sharing.


-- 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 01-22-2015 11:35 PM

Hey Bob, there are lots of folks around my parts that look a lot like this fella’. You must have never been to Appalachia :) Thanks for the compliments!


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#3 posted 01-22-2015 11:38 PM

Very nice carving-another great character study!

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

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#4 posted 01-23-2015 12:12 PM

As always a very nice carving. Annoying that it went wrong with the tooth ;)


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#5 posted 01-23-2015 02:23 PM

Thanks, guys! His teeth are intentionally bad, Dutchy :)


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#6 posted 01-23-2015 02:32 PM

Very cool.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 01-23-2015 02:55 PM

Outstanding….. I do believe that I’ve seen this fella just last week near Mosby, Mt….. LOL

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#8 posted 01-23-2015 03:34 PM

You do very nice work, Josh.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 01-23-2015 04:54 PM

Fantastic work. Very nice….

-- Chris, Sparks Nevada,

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#10 posted 01-23-2015 05:37 PM

You saw him in Montana, Bob? Man, he’s quite the traveler because I just saw him a few days ago pedaling his bicycle down my road :)

Thanks, guys!


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#11 posted 01-23-2015 05:50 PM

These aren’t self portraits? LOL! Hope business is good. Your work is!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 01-23-2015 07:08 PM

yES WELL DONE FROM bIG aL YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE A TALENT FOR THIS AND ADD THAT TO THE HOPEFUL POSSIBILTY you also enjoy it and it is not a chore to turn these out then I wish you well.I also think they are as one offs very fairly priced. Have fun Alistair excuse typing no ill intent meant

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#13 posted 01-23-2015 10:42 PM

Thankfully, they aren’t self portraits, Tom haha :) Thank ya, sir!

Thanks, Big Al :) I love carving these faces!


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#14 posted 01-24-2015 01:11 AM

You are the master carver Josh.

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

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#15 posted 01-24-2015 01:42 AM

Thank you so much, Roger :) Every new carving is a learning experience for me, and I love every minute of it!


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