Dr. Pete Wood Carving

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Project by Josh Carte posted 12-12-2014 08:44 PM 4496 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a custom carving that a fella’ is having me create for his wife. She is graduating from Oklahoma State University Medical School, and this will either be her Christmas or Birthday gift….depending on when I get it completely finished :)

This guy is around 10” tall and carved in Basswood. I don’t work with Basswood a whole lot, but Dr. Pete has been a fun challenge. I’ve included a photo of the rough, early stages and also a photo before paint. There’s a lot more that goes into this type of carving than I realized. First, there is math to get the appropriate proportions. Then, there is blocking out on the band saw. Next comes the fun part, getting to carve. Lastly, the long, tedious painting…. Man oh man, this thing has been a project :)

Sure hope this new doctor loves her Dr. Pete carving :) I sure love him!


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#1 posted 12-12-2014 11:21 PM

Well done Josh. She should love it. Hope you enjoyed carving the basswood. That’s the wood that I enjoy the most for carving. The grain does not distract from the subject being carved, so I find that to be an advantage when the carving is not being painted. Your Dr. came out great.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 12-12-2014 11:51 PM

Looking GOOD Josh.
He looks rather real.


-- 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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Josh Carte

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#3 posted 12-13-2014 12:53 AM

Thanks, guys! Bob, he’s a mascot and looks pretty cartoonish in the photo I have, so I wanted to liven him up a little, but still stay true Pete :)

John, I like Basswood for some work. It is pretty soft, which is awesome and made sense for this particular carving when blocking out. I could keep track of my lines because of the light color of the wood when blocking and shaping.


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#4 posted 12-13-2014 02:12 AM

Great job! You made it look easy!


-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#5 posted 12-13-2014 02:47 AM

WOW! Really a great job and you didn’t use a chainsaw or a found branch! LOL! as Joe above says “You make it look easy!” and I know better. Great job!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 12-13-2014 04:17 AM

Lookn’ great Josh.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 12-13-2014 12:19 PM

Amaizing facial expression of this cowboy/doctor.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Josh Carte

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#8 posted 12-13-2014 02:58 PM

Thanks, guys! I’m glad that I made him look easy, because he most definitely was NOT :) haha. Ivan, the facial expression on this guy was the easy part for me- I’m pretty used to faces- whole body shapes are a new challenge :) Thanks again to you all!


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#9 posted 12-14-2014 01:05 AM

Wonderful piece, bet you sell lots of these at a medical conference

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 12-17-2014 12:46 PM

Doctor Doctor, give me the news…. Fantastic carving Josh.

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

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Josh Carte

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#11 posted 12-17-2014 02:28 PM

Thanks, Norm and Roger!


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