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  1. Spalted Molly

    I carved this lady in a piece of Spalted Maple. As many of you may know, a piece of wood becomes "spalted' due to the introduction and decomposition of the wood from fungus. The different types of fungus give the wood its' various colors. No artist will ever be a match for the beauty that Mother...
  2. Cane, Walking Stick, Wood Spirit Carving by Josh Carte

    I carved this cane from some materials that my grandpa gave me before he passed. He and I shared a love of woodworking, and he left me with quite a few supplies and tools. He liked to make canes, but they were nothing like my whimsical style. This cane is made of sassafras and the horn is from a...
  3. Big Leaf Maple burl, Wood Spirit Carving

    I'm really diggin' this new fella'. This is my newest woodcarving made from a piece of Big Leaf Maple burl. I love this wood because of its' wonderful, unique shapes and ability to hold detail. The shape of this carving reminds me of one of the clocks from "Beauty and the Beast".
  4. A Happy Wood Spirit Carving :)

    This fella' is just happy to be alive and kicking. He zipped up his pants, tucked in his shirt and put a smile on this morning. This carving measures 11" tall x 4" wide x 3" thick. I carved and painted this piece entirely by hand from a single piece of wood. The wood used for carving this guy is...
  5. Walking stick, Wood Spirit Carving

    I just finished this happy, hiking helper today. I'm not certain of the wood species as this piece was peeled already when a friend gave it to me. The natural color of the wood is very similar to another walking stick that I carved made of Sassafras. This stick has aged for several years, so it...
  6. Hey...Man, Hippie Woodcarving

    I carved this happy hippie from a piece of driftwood that I gathered from Lake Cumberland many years ago. I named this fella' "Sixx" because when I was 17 years old, I worked with a man building log cabins that very much looks like this carved character. What a cool guy he was!
  7. Cottonwood Bark Carving, Josh Carte, Native American

    This Native American is carved from a piece of Cottonwood bark. I carved him using rotary hand tools and painted with acrylics. This piece measures 7 1/2" tall, 4" wide, and 2 1/2" thick. This guy took several sittings to complete, but I'm now happy that I was patient :) Hope you like him.
  8. Driftwood Sculpture, Wood Spirit Carving

    He's neither happy nor sad….He's perpetually apathetic…Poor guy. He could really use a hug or quite possibly some antidepressants. He lives his life half-alive. He's far past the days of extreme emotional ups and downs. He just can no longer bear another heartache. Maybe soon, things will change...
  9. Wild Wizard in Driftwood

    I carved this wild wizard from a piece of gnarly driftwood. This piece is around 20" tall, 4" wide and 2" thick. This guy looks pretty irritated, huh?! As usual, I carved him with my Foredom rotary tool. I did all of the painting with acrylics and tiny little paint brushes :)
  10. Client's Friend's Face Woodcarving

    A very good client of mine asked me to carve my version of one of his dearest friends. He didn't care about how I interpreted the pictures he gave me, he just wanted what I had to offer. He said I could be as creative as I like and take whatever approach I wanted. I decided to place "Donald" in...
  11. YOU ARE BANISHED! Woodcarving by Josh Carte

    I created this carving from a piece of Cherry driftwood. It looks to me that this fella' is saying, " You are banished!!!!," in his loudest and deepest voice :) Goin' mess around and get yo'self blacklisted. Carving faces is quite a unique challenge but I love it. Lately, I've been working on...
  12. Hobo Joe, Wood Carving by Josh Carte

    "Hobo Joe" is carved from a piece of Big Leaf Maple Burl. This type of wood does not grow in my neck of the woods, so I have to order it. I almost feel like I'm cheating when I have to buy wood because I enjoy gathering my own so much :) I love the natural texture and shape of these beautiful...
  13. Lovely Lass, Female Wood Spirit Carving, Josh Carte

    I don't carve a lot of female spirits, but this lady was pretty fun to shape up…. She is carved from a Hemlock knot. I didn't paint a base color on this carving like I often do. Instead, I left the wood natural and accented with different shades of brown. This piece measures 6 1/2" tall x 2 1/4"...
  14. Walking Stick, Wood Spirit Carving, by Josh Carte

    This walking stick/cane is carved from a piece of Sassafras. The hand piece at the top is carved from a piece of Curly Maple. The hand piece at the top and a little exposed wood at the bottom are dyed orange. The hand piece and the stick are joined using a tenon and mortise joint and glue- very...
  15. Natural wood color....

    Just finished this new Hemlock knot woodcarving. Most people have no idea what a knot really is…. Is it a dark brown, round imperfection in a Pine board? Well kinda'. The round imperfection in the the board is a cross section of a knot. Anywhere a branch meets the base of a Pine or Hemlock tree...
  16. Indian in the Burl

    I carved this Indian into a piece of Big Leaf Maple Burl. There was a round, spiny mass in the wood where his face is now. It just seemed to me that a face belonged in that part of the wood. I have learned that a whole lot of what I do is all about placement. I can make a highly-detailed...
  17. Indian Warrior, Josh Carte, Cottonwood bark

    I just finished this Native American carving :) He is made of Cottonwood bark and measures 6 1/2" tall x 3 3/4" wide x 2" thick. I carved and painted this warrior by hand from a single piece of wood. This Native comes equipped with a mohawk, war paint and a gnarly bone earring. Have a good one!
  18. Over-eater, Driftwood Carving, Josh Carte

    This fella' just doesn't know when enough is enough. I've heard of folks having eyes larger than their bellies, but this guy is taking it to a whole new level :) I carved this unique, free-standing sculpture from a piece of driftwood. It is 6 1/2" tall x 7" wide x 2 1/2" thick. I used rotary...
  19. Hemlock Knot, Wood Spirit Carving

    I carved this fella' from a Hemlock knot. I enjoy taking found woods and bringing out the spirit that lives inside the wood. Knots have such unusual shape and character that they are ideal for wood spirit carving. The knots that I use are very old and stable. Some of them may be over 100 years...
  20. "Webster" is a Wood Spirit Wood carving by Gary Burns the treewiz

    I introduce to you "Webster", a very spirited Wood Spirit Elf Wizard. He is peaceful to be around but loves a good laugh. "Webster" is witty and uses his wit in his inventive story telling! He is a word smith that is welcome wherever he goes. He has the warmest heart and he is so full of Love...
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