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Cottonwood Bark, Indian Carving

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Project by Josh Carte posted 06-16-2014 11:24 PM 1207 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this Native American from a piece of Cottonwood bark. I shaped and painted this piece of bark entirely by hand. This carving measures 9” tall x 4” wide x 2 1/2” thick. Cottonwood bark is very soft to carve, but soft doesn’t mean simple. There is very little room for error when carving bark because if you are too aggressive it is very easy to do some serious damage. It’s never fun to begin a carving and then accidentally slice off the entire nose haha. I paint using acrylics and acrylic washes. I prefer a matte finish on my carvings, so I finish with one coat of spray lacquer to protect the paint. I like this fella’- hope you do, as well… Have a good one!

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Dj1225

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#1 posted 06-16-2014 11:46 PM

Wow that is impressive.

-- Dave

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Josh Carte

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#2 posted 06-17-2014 12:14 AM

Thank you very much, Dave :)

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoshCarteArt

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#3 posted 06-17-2014 12:23 AM

Amazing detail in that face – well done!!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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PaulDoug

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#4 posted 06-17-2014 01:08 AM

Josh, like I said once before, “you are my wood carving idol”! I love your stuff. You are very talented, for sure.

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

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#5 posted 06-17-2014 01:15 AM

Nice! Josh your last two carvings, the eyes are dead on. You absolutely nailed the paint.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#6 posted 06-17-2014 01:17 AM

Another great carving Josh….always enjoy seeing your work…..thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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oldrivers

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#7 posted 06-17-2014 02:00 AM

Amazing! You bet I like this guy having Native American ancestors I am partial to these carvings you capture the sense of deep thought and concern. Great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Josh Carte

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#8 posted 06-17-2014 02:50 AM

Thank you all very much :) As I’ve been in the process of gradually getting better at carving these spirits and developing my own style, I’ve hoped and sometimes thought that I will get faster with each carving…. and I’ve learned that I am getting slower :)

Oldrivers, I’ve recently learned that I have quite a bit of Native heritage as well- my great grandmother was Blackfoot and my great, great grandmother was full-blooded Cherokee. Can’t tell it in me though- I just look like some white guy haha.

I appreciate you all!

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoshCarteArt

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Dutchy

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#9 posted 06-17-2014 04:44 AM

WOW.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#10 posted 06-17-2014 09:30 AM

Really nice work sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 06-17-2014 12:55 PM

Josh,

You are an incredible artist. The expressions and facial features you capture are stunning. Your painting skills are extraordinary. I love studying your masterpieces.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Josh Carte

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#12 posted 06-17-2014 02:45 PM

Thank you all so much :)

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoshCarteArt

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#13 posted 06-17-2014 06:40 PM

Very and truly enjoyable carving well done. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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DominicsWoodworks

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#14 posted 06-17-2014 07:40 PM

Who needs a 3D printer if you have carving skills like that? Impressive, thanks for sharing!

-- Dominic's Woodworks - www.dominicswoodworks.com

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ivan

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#15 posted 06-18-2014 03:39 AM

Josh, I love that the face has so much expression and feeling! You are really a master.

-- Ivan, Bay Area, California

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