Crusty Old Sailor Carving

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Project by Josh Carte posted 04-20-2015 02:49 PM 1835 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The name of this carving is “Crusty Old Sailor”. My 5yo daughter is very, very ornery and has been calling me by this name as of late. It seemed like a fitting name for this fella’.

This carving is 11 3/4” tall, 3 3/4” wide and 2” thick. It is carved in a Pine knot. Pine knots are sort of like the forest’s driftwood. Anywhere a branch meets the base of a Pine tree, a knot is formed. When the tree falls and rots away, the pitch-filled resilient knots remain long after. It is said that there are spirits that inhabit these knots that allow them to remain on the ground for years and years. My job is to release the spirits!

I like to carve using rotary hand tools- Foredom is my choice of tool. I add just a tad of oil paint to accentuate the cuts I’ve made.

I have this carving listed in my online store:

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#1 posted 04-20-2015 03:35 PM

Josh, I love all of your carvings. You should do well with that etsy store. BTW, how long have you had the store and is it doing ok for you? We’re planning on opening an etsy store to sell a line of laser engraved signs. So, obviously I was a little curious.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 04-20-2015 03:50 PM

Good work I love the detail and expression.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 04-20-2015 04:12 PM

Thanks, Charles! I’ve had the store for about 2 years, but it’s only been in the last 6 months that I’ve had time to really start putting effort into it. Tags and keywords are the big thing with Etsy. I have a fellow, that is very successful on Etsy, helping to guide me along the way.

Thank you, Oldrivers!


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#4 posted 04-20-2015 06:59 PM

Another nice carved,keep going on!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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#5 posted 04-20-2015 11:42 PM

He’s got that Clint Eastwood look about him. “Do ya feel lucky…..........punk”? LOL. Always fantastic Josh

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

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#6 posted 04-21-2015 12:23 AM

Thanks, Bud and Roger!


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#7 posted 04-21-2015 07:06 AM

This crusty old sailer makes me cheery, giggly, happy and good-humored. I hope you do the same by your 5yo daughter.

Well done Josh.


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#8 posted 04-21-2015 12:21 PM

She’s the greatest, Dutchy :) Thank you, sir!


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