Spalted Molly

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Project by Josh Carte posted 07-14-2014 06:37 PM 951 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 Nature creates. This carving is around 10” tall, 5” wide and 4” thick. Good day, folks :)


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#1 posted 07-14-2014 07:17 PM

That is an awesome carving, but almost creepy looking!

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

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#2 posted 07-14-2014 07:20 PM

wow, very nice.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#3 posted 07-14-2014 07:27 PM

Good job Josh! She is very different, is that a dog face or a critter on the top left (the top right on the carving)?

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 07-14-2014 08:07 PM

Thanks, everyone!

PaulDoug, she is a bit creepy, right haha…. :)

Oldrivers, I suppose whatever is up there is open to interpretation :) I didn’t carve anything there- it’s just a natural face from nature :)


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#5 posted 07-14-2014 09:14 PM

Very, very nicely done!

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 07-14-2014 09:52 PM

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#7 posted 07-14-2014 10:26 PM

awesome work,ithink its creepy aswell!

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#8 posted 07-14-2014 11:20 PM

Eye catching! Very interesting carving.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 07-15-2014 01:30 AM

Dude,,,,,,,you got the gift! This is a true piece of art. Love the way this piece came out for you.

There aint a price for this….it’s priceless. GREAT job and fabulous craftsmanship and artistry skills.

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

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#10 posted 07-15-2014 03:42 AM

More than creepy Josh I think she has wood magic. I’d keep her around to ward off the wood nymphs. Have you ever made puppets or marionettes?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 07-15-2014 10:07 AM

That’s beautiful! I have never seen anything like it.

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#12 posted 07-15-2014 11:19 AM

Great job Josh,
love the way you have worked around/with the spalting
to create an image.
Question, who is “Molly”.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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Josh Carte

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#13 posted 07-15-2014 01:43 PM

Much love to everyone!

No puppets, Doc… :)

James, Molly was the first female name that came to mind when I made this piece- I felt like it fit her well :)


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#14 posted 07-15-2014 04:15 PM

I love this, Josh. You positioned the face beautifully. Very nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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