First Basswood Relief Carving- Work in Progress

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This is my first attempt at a Basswood relief carving. It’s pretty challenging and time consuming, but I’m enjoying it. It is something new and different for me, as I usually carve in found woods. Starting with a perfect rectangle rather than a gnarled knot is a bit of a change, but a fun one. This piece is around 2” thick, 8” wide and 10-12” tall. Much love!


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#1 posted 10-08-2014 08:55 PM

Great very nice!!! Love the depth to the piece!

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

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#2 posted 10-08-2014 09:08 PM

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#3 posted 10-08-2014 09:15 PM

Very cool, Josh!!..................Jim

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

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#5 posted 10-08-2014 09:55 PM

Magnificent Josh! WowZa!

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

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#6 posted 10-08-2014 10:37 PM


Some step outside the box. Looks like you stepped inside the box? Did you consider a chain saw at any time? LOL! You met your challenge!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 10-08-2014 11:17 PM

Thanks, Roger and Tom! I did step into the box, Tom- but it wasn’t a box until I took everything away :) What do you mean did I consider the chainsaw?- I did the whole thing with a chainsaw haha, Just kiddin’ ya’. Thanks for the feedback, all :)


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#8 posted 10-08-2014 11:41 PM

super looking carving.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 10-09-2014 12:25 AM

Josh, that is great work, I love it.
Isn’t it fun to do something new, sure challenges the grey matter.
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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#10 posted 10-09-2014 01:38 AM

Challange is what it is all about.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 10-09-2014 01:55 AM

Thanks, guys! It’s definitely fun doing something new, Bob! I have quite a few more pieces of Basswood to work now. I really love the new possibilities for the grey matter created by a new medium :) Much love!


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#12 posted 10-09-2014 02:14 AM

Hi Josh. Very nicely done. One feature that you’ll find with basswood is that you do not have to worry about grain patterns that might distract from the subject being carved. It’s a lovely wood to carve, and you are showing that in your first piece. Looking forward to more from you. Enjoy.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#13 posted 10-09-2014 02:59 AM

Thanks, John. It’s definitely an interesting wood to carve- I’ve learned and am learning that every wood has it’s own unique and challenging characteristics. If it’s super soft, it’s easy to carve but difficult not to destroy the entire piece. If it’s really hard, it’s difficult to carve, but keeps whatever detail you put into it forever. Sometimes the grain can distract or add to the piece. I like carving to the shadows with Basswood- a new place to explore. I only wish it smelled better- like Cherry, maybe :)


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#14 posted 10-09-2014 04:44 AM

Really nice work. No matter that this is your first project like this.

Your artistic ability still shines through and I would have never known, had you not said as much.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#15 posted 10-09-2014 08:48 AM

First attempt…...WOW.
Love the granular effect which lends a realism to the piece,
also the depth creates wonderful shadows.
I recently bought a Power-Carver and various bits-n-bobs with cash from scrap-wood projects.
Pick up a book today for basic instruction in how to use gear.
Don’t know where I’m going with this but I do know one thing,
guys like yourself certainly set the bar high.
Once again, well done.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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