Driftwood Carvings.

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Project by RusticJohn posted 03-05-2014 04:41 AM 3209 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple more driftwood carvings that I have just finished. Some of the designs are my own and some are from others. The first 4 photos show aspects of the actual carvings and the last 2 just show me using a scraper and a crooked knife on similar work.

Driftwood is not without its problems. Parts of it can be soft and other bits can be damaged by sand, bugs and wear and tear. The trick is to use all of these to advantage. In the first carving I painted some of the damaged wood a weathered green colour to highlight the broken up surface carving and to make the design a little more apparent.

Often the natural colour of the wood can be rather grey and uninspiring. I am not a great fan of stains but in these cases it is necessary to do justice to the carving. The advantage of the lighter woods is that they can be easy to carve provided very sharp, thin blades are used. You don’t want a blade that will push the fine detail sideways when cutting and so forcing it to break off.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 03-05-2014 04:58 AM

You are very creative, checked out your work, very nice.

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#2 posted 03-05-2014 08:12 AM

Wonderful. That is an art that I would not attempt.
Thanks for showing.

-- 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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#3 posted 03-05-2014 12:34 PM

Very nice and very unique.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#4 posted 03-05-2014 06:29 PM

Those are really cool.

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#5 posted 03-05-2014 07:43 PM

The carvings are really easy to do. If you make a mistake you can either change the design a little or throw the wood away. In fact my Granddaughters collect the mistakes and use them when playing.

-- RusticJohn

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#6 posted 03-05-2014 10:21 PM

Some cool carving!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#7 posted 03-06-2014 01:28 AM

wonderful carvings.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 03-06-2014 05:58 PM


Easy for you to do! Nice piece. Great compliment of natural and enhanced coloring. You did it well sir!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 03-07-2014 03:30 PM

I really admire you guy’s that can carve like this and bring out so much detail from the wood, you must have a great imagination,and ability to make the wood work for you. At one time in my life, I seriously thought about taking up carving, and invested in about $6000.00 worth of power carving equipment, after failing miserably, I got to thinking, I should have bought a Sawstop Table saw, and a Powermatic Lathe. Thanks for sharing your fine work.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#10 posted 03-12-2014 01:38 PM

Cool carvings, like all the great details on the different faces and impressive that the’re carved on driftwood. Amazing work!

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#11 posted 03-14-2014 05:57 PM

Outstanding carvings, John!!!!!!!!!!!!!..............Jim

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

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#12 posted 03-14-2014 08:54 PM

Thank you all for the comments. Anyone can carve driftwood. There isn’t much to lose if you make a mess of it. In that event just hang it in the garden and the weather and moss will soon convert it to a piece of art.

-- RusticJohn

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#13 posted 03-14-2014 08:56 PM

Interesting—very creative.

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