|Project by Josh Carte||posted 09-08-2014 07:38 PM||1049 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
I carved this gruesome goblin in a piece of driftwood. The entire carving measures 13” tall, 3 1/2” wide and 3 1/2” thick. I believe this piece of wood to be Pine, but it held detail unusually well for a softwood- no complaints :) I call this carving, “Grief Down the Gullet” and it’s up for auction on ebay.com. Just search, “Josh Carte” and you will find all of my available carvings on the site. I also have many other characters and carvings at https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoshCarteArt.
I used tools that are very similar to those of a dentist to make this carving. I like to look at a piece of wood for a while to determine what is hiding inside. Sometimes there will be spots that are bad in the wood that won’t allow for a face or the changes in depth of the wood may make it difficult to find a face. I might pick up two or three different pieces of wood before I finally decide to get started. I like to approach almost every piece freely- meaning, I don’t normally like to draw on the wood or make plans on paper. I find that if I’m able to keep a center line in mind for the face that everything will fall into place. I really love creating these characters, because although I have an idea of where I’m going with the carving, I never really know where the carving will take me.