Wood Spirit Carving in Pine knot

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Project by Josh Carte posted 03-25-2015 03:50 PM 2621 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this happy, wood spirit in a Pine knot using rotary hand tools. I used just a tad of oil paint to highlight the details of the carving.

He is 13 1/2” tall, 5” wide and 1 3/4” thick.

As you may be able to tell already, I really love carving wood spirits. Each one is so different from the last, and I love the challenge of making myself a little better as I go along.

Have a great day, everyone!


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#1 posted 03-25-2015 05:46 PM

Just a TAD, wonder how many people know what a TAD is? I do.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 03-25-2015 07:00 PM

You could call it a smidgen if you like, hunter :)


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#3 posted 03-25-2015 07:50 PM

I’ve always wondered if tads and smidgens were Imperial, and if so, what are their metric equivalents? I guess my question wouldl also extend to dollops …

By the way, Josh, that carving is spectacular. I’ve never done carving, but based on my ability to sketch faces, creatures, etc., I am not sure I’d be too satisfied. :-)

-- Lee

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#4 posted 03-25-2015 07:52 PM

A nice guy, but poor I think.

Well done Josh.


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#5 posted 03-25-2015 10:00 PM

Too funny, Lee :) Thanks so much! For me, it has just been practice, practice and more practice…. my drawings have gotten a lot better as my carving skills have progressed.

Thank you, Dutchy! I think you’re right…looks like a vagrant to me as well :)


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#6 posted 03-25-2015 10:37 PM

Great work wonderful detail.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 03-25-2015 10:59 PM


That is one of the very best I have seen done. I love how the eyes look and the toothy smile.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#8 posted 03-25-2015 11:42 PM

I agree with Arlin, this one is just wonderful.
He looks real.
Congratulations on a great job, and thanks for sharing him with us.


-- 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 03-25-2015 11:44 PM

Thank you, guys! I really appreciate all of your kind words!


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#10 posted 03-27-2015 06:01 PM

So realistic facial expression! Awsome carving.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 03-28-2015 11:57 PM

He looks to be going about 68 mph on his motorcycle. :)

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

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#12 posted 07-29-2015 06:21 AM

Wonderful piece, Josh.
Is a Tad more, or less than, a skosch. (I don’t know how to spell that.) I know that I think of skoshes and smidgens as related – if you want to take off just a skowsh, you need to remove at least a couple of smidgens. I’m gonna check Wikipedia. I might be embarrassing myself (there are two rs as well as esses in that word, I’m reminded). One really shouldn’t schoot off at the mouth about smidgens and sckotches unless and until he’s schooled himbadself a mite. Off to Wikiland.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 07-29-2015 06:33 AM

iota, scintilla, shred, smidge, smidgeon, smidgin, tittle, whit

There’s more

bit, crumb, dab, dash, dot, dram, drop, fragment, grain, iota, jot, minim, mite, modicum, molecule, ort, ounce, particle, scrap, scruple, shred, speck, tittle, trifle, whit.

A very small quantity or portion; a bit or mite: “a smidgen of genius, a sliver of cutting truth” (John Simon).

skosh (skoʊʃ)

Slang. a bit; jot: We need just a skosh more room.

tad (tăd)
n. Informal
1. A small amount or degree; a bit.
2. A small boy.

tad (tæd)
1. US and Canadian a small boy; lad
2. US and Canadian a small bit or piece
3. a tad a little; rather: she may be a tad short but she got a top modelling job. (As long as her legs go all the way to the ground, I don’t mind. MW)

Now, here’s the first of these sort of words that is related to another of this sort.
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity – an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
[C20: short for tadpole]

1. tad - a slight amount or degree of difference; “a tad too expensive”; “not a tad of difference”; “the new model is a shade better than the old one”

tit·tle (tĭt′l)
1. A small diacritic mark, such as an accent, vowel mark, or dot over an i.
2. The tiniest bit; an iota. Iota [yo-ta] is a letter in the Greek alphabet.MW)

there’s not a tittle of truth in it → eso no tiene ni pizca de verdad

Enough, already.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 07-29-2015 02:38 PM

Holy cow, Mark! Dude, you are awesome! ‘Scintilla’... That’s a new one for me


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