Halloween Hobgoblin Carving

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Project by Josh Carte posted 09-08-2014 07:38 PM 993 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 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

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.

Much love!


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#1 posted 09-08-2014 11:15 PM

He’s telling a nice story there, and it’s funny

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-09-2014 12:01 AM

Great one for Halloween!!.............Jim

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

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#3 posted 09-09-2014 01:44 AM

Too cool,

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 09-09-2014 01:51 AM

Very nice work! And seams like you love what you do !!

-- Viviens home reno, orlando florida

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#5 posted 09-09-2014 07:41 AM

Geez Josh, wouldn’t want to upset this fella. Looks like he could do some damage real quick.
Great Job.
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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#6 posted 09-09-2014 11:22 AM

Good looking Dude on a Scary night!

Nice job on this guy!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#7 posted 09-10-2014 12:28 AM

Thanks, everyone! Ladislav, I absolutely love what I do :)

Bob, he’d take a finger right off, wouldn’t he :)


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#8 posted 09-12-2014 07:58 PM

Wow nice detail

-- J. E. Ekholdt, Wrightwood,

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