Commissioned Basswood Bust Carving

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Project by Josh Carte posted 01-18-2015 05:51 PM 1289 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ezekiel is finished :) This has been a very fun and lengthy project commissioned to me by Pat Morley. Pat asked me to carve the Biblical Ezekiel based on a small bit of scripture. There were no pictures or guidelines to follow, only my interpretation. Ezekiel was to go through quite a change in his demeanor in Ezekiel 3:1-9, hence the movement of the piece. Carved in Basswood, finished with oil stain and urethane…. Thanks, Pat! Hope you love him :)

The measurements are 18” tall, 6” wide and 9” thick.

Oddly enough, I began this carving with a chainsaw :) I didn’t take any measurements for this piece- in the past, I would spend a lot of time taking measurements to get the proportions right. This time, I knew that the block of wood was pretty close to the size of a real human head, so I just dug right in there. The time spent with the chainsaw was fast and furious, giving me false hope that this would be a quick project. Detail work, sanding, staining and finishing take much, much longer than one might expect :) All in all, I spent around 4 days getting Ezekiel just as I felt he should be.

If I can offer any advice to someone new to Basswood….treat Basswood as any other hardwood- begin sanding aggressively, gradually moving toward a finer and finer paper. I like to end with 00 steel wool. The wool really smooths things out. Don’t rush! Basswood sanding takes a lot of time, but you’ll be glad you spent the extra time in the end. Much love!

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#1 posted 01-18-2015 06:26 PM

Wow! Josh, this is Freekin Fantastic! Hey and I bet you didn’t use your feet? LOL! The Cylon strikes again!

Did you use power carvers for fine detail?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 01-18-2015 06:46 PM

This is a very nice interpretation of Ezekiel. IMHO Did you start with a log or a large block of pre-cut basswood?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 01-18-2015 08:08 PM

Looks like he’s pondering something significant, and he grabs the viewer’s attention. Very well done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 01-18-2015 08:20 PM

Thanks, guys! I did use power carving for the fine detail, Tom :)

Ron, I began with a 6” wide x 9” thick x around 3 feet long block of Basswood.


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#5 posted 01-18-2015 10:43 PM

Looks very biblical to me. I think I seen him move

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

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#6 posted 01-18-2015 11:06 PM

Great carving outstanding detail and finish, congrats.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 01-18-2015 11:28 PM

Great work, love it!!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#8 posted 01-19-2015 12:10 AM

wonderful carving, expressive face, nicely grooved and textured hair and beard and eyes that draw you in. I also really like the helical shape of the pedestal.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 01-19-2015 12:23 AM


-- Nick, Virginia,

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#10 posted 01-19-2015 12:58 AM

Good looking ” Zeke”!!

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

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#12 posted 01-19-2015 01:44 AM

Josh, he is gorgeous.
Great job.
Thanks for sharing,

-- 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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#13 posted 01-19-2015 02:01 AM

Thank you very much, Bob!


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#14 posted 01-19-2015 03:39 AM

Excellent work.

-- Jeff NJ

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#15 posted 01-19-2015 04:18 AM

Where the h_ll is the Top3?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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