Female Wood Spirit Sculpture Carving

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Project by Josh Carte posted 04-16-2015 04:11 PM 2175 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Sneak Attack” :) Lady Wood Spirit Carving….

I carved this lady in a piece of a Pine driftwood knot. Driftwood knots are much easier to work because the wind and the wave have gotten rid of all the frilly froo froo….. By that, I mean that there is not loose material that has to be removed before getting to the valuable stock. The “good wood” is directly below the surface of the outside patina- no real digging required.

Female faces are much more difficult to carve than male faces….I like to say, “It’s easy to carve an ugly female face…we just call those ‘men’. What I mean is when you begin to carve a female and everything is much blockier than one would like, it looks like a male. Refining, refining, smoothing and refining are required for female form. Most carvers share this opinion with me.

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#1 posted 04-16-2015 10:52 PM

That is so cool. Who else could see that guy hiding in that tree??

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#2 posted 04-17-2015 06:12 AM

First thoughti: “This isn’t a Josh.

And indeed this is a Josje


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#3 posted 04-17-2015 01:43 PM

Thanks, Jim! It’s a girl :) Better angles reveal her a little better. Plus, having no hair makes a bit of a difference. Also, the paint is still wet in the mouth in this picture- a bit premature, I suppose. Certainly is mine, Dutchy :)


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#4 posted 04-17-2015 03:15 PM

Paint is now dry and posted some much clearer pictures. Take a gander, she’s inviting!


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#5 posted 04-17-2015 04:34 PM

Wow! Josh, I love this one.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 04-17-2015 05:45 PM

Thanks, Charles! lots of sanding on this one :)


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#7 posted 04-17-2015 06:05 PM


It is just so much better then fantastic. It looks like she has always been hiding behind the bark and waiting to come out.

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#8 posted 04-17-2015 07:13 PM

I wonder what she saw?? lol

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#9 posted 04-18-2015 01:22 AM

Thank you very much, Arlin!

Who knows, Roger?! Haha


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