Sculpted Carved Face Wood Spirit Log Display Cherry Totem Unique Carving Sticking out Tongue

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 10-10-2012 12:42 PM 3963 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Original Sculpture:
Dimensions: 23”tall x 11.5” wide x 5” deep
Colors: Natural Cherry, Black, Red, Green
Finish: Satin Lacquer


Project Story:

This is sort of a silly project for what has become typical of my work over the past 15 years (Yep, hard for me to believe also that it’s been that long since I decided to do woodworking full time and quit a good job the first time).

This silly, whimsical sculpture is the sort of thing I’ve wanted to do for a long time, just art for art’s sake, but the need for cash for my business so I can pay the family bills usually means that I must build what other people are paying me to build, which are usually functional items with an artistic flare.

I bought a big bunch of carving gouges at about 10 cents on the dollar at an auction a year ago, and have been playing with them in my spare time. I don’t consider myself a good carver, although I do a lot of it, and it all seems to find a buyer. But, for you great carvers out there, I can’t compete for sure.

So, this was a spare time project. I don’t have a lot of spare time with family, Church, craft business, a house room addition going on three years now, old cars to keep up, learning guitar playing, Scouting with my son, etc. (not always in that order). So, this Piece of Sculpture took me about a year to finally finish up after I had the “vision” to start it.

The Man in the Carving has his tongue sticking out, and I am really not sure why. The theme just spoke to me for some reason, maybe it was for all of those that said I wouldn’t stay in business when I quit to be a woodworker in 1997, but I’m not sure, just thought it would be fun.

I have carved many faces like this on walking canes and hiking sticks I’ve sold over the years, but I haven’t tried to do a face of this size before…...because I didn’t have a carving gouge set to accommodate my vision. So, I enjoyed getting a chance to use all of the different gouges from the auction this time. I was sad for the carver’s marriage divorce that forced the auction of all of his tools, but I hope his loss will be my gain (not his wife, but the carving gouges silly!). LESSON LEARNED THERE…..keep the wife happy or she will force me to auction all of my tools. The carver wasn’t even at the auction, probably too depressed to see his stuff sold and his marriage over with.

I used red and black paint to color the bulk of the carving, with acrylic red on the tongue and white and green acrylic paint on the eyes. Antiqued and distress and finished with sprayed lacquer.

As with almost everything I have built, I need to pay bills, so this Sculpture is FOR SALE in my Store


Thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#1 posted 10-10-2012 12:59 PM

Hi Mark, that is a great looking carving. A bit of a mischievous and playful looking spirit. You’ve put those new gouges to very good use. I want to do more carving myself, and your work is one of the handful of superb carvers that I turn to on Lumberjocks to get ideas and learn. Thanks for sharing your spirit.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 10-10-2012 09:37 PM

Mark Great job. Good luck on the sale.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 10-11-2012 03:47 AM

Very expressive carving !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#4 posted 10-15-2012 08:18 PM

A very expressive wood spirit

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

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#5 posted 10-23-2012 04:56 AM

love it!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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