Driftwood Carvings.

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Project by RusticJohn posted 09-24-2013 05:40 AM 2749 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are definitely the last of this type of carving I am doing this year. I am a bit “driftwood-ed” out after completing several .

The white one started of with a natural shaped mouth and the carving was constructed around it. The wood suggested a ghostly figure and so I followed that in a light hearted way. The result was a cross between Casper and a Genie.

The long thing wormy face was not the easiest to make. Rusty nails, wormy holes, sand, grit and soft wood did not make the task easy. I nearly gave up a number of times but sheer cussedness kept me going. The carving knives had to be sharpened about every 10 minutes as the wear on the blades was extreme.

The small face was a honey to make. The wood carved well and took fine detail. The wormy hole on the perimeter made it a little fragile but I am pleased with the outcome. I needed to use special knives with rounded sloping cutting edges to get the best cuts.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 09-24-2013 09:21 AM

They look great, especialy the white one

-- Dreaming patterns

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#2 posted 09-24-2013 11:55 AM

Very cool, John. I really like them and think you should continue!
do you sell them?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-24-2013 01:15 PM

Beautiful work. I know what ya mean about being burned out on one particular thing too.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 09-24-2013 10:26 PM

I love the white one. Would make a great handle for something.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#5 posted 09-25-2013 09:27 PM

Thank you all for the comments. Yes I do sell my carvings. I am not too organised about it though. Usually people contact me and we come to a deal.

The white carving has a finger at the top that doesn’t really go with the theme but it was a natural feature of the wood and seemed so life like it seemed a pity to convert into something more mundane.

-- RusticJohn

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#6 posted 09-26-2013 04:15 PM

They all look amazing and interesting. It’s like magic that you gave new life to those drift woods. I hope you continue to share these wonderful creations.

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#7 posted 09-26-2013 04:42 PM

These carvings all look great. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 09-27-2013 04:15 PM

Masterful as always!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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