Wood Spirit Carving, Painted with Oils

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Project by Josh Carte posted 02-13-2015 03:49 PM 1284 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wood Spirits are my favorites to carve. So much emotion can be evoked by a simple expression. I carved this guy using rotary hand tools (similar to dentist tools) and painted with oil paints.

This wall- hanging wood carving measures 16 1/2” tall, 6” wide and 4 1/2” thick. This is very large for a Hemlock knot.

This fella’ is carved in a Hemlock knot. Knots are like nature’s driftwood. Anywhere a branch meets the base of a tree on a Hemlock, a knot is formed. When that tree dies and decays back into the earth, the pitch-filled, resilient knots remain in tact for many, many years. It is said that there are spirits that live in the knots that allow them to remain long after the rest of the tree has rotted away.. My job is to release the spirits :)

“Big Hefty”

Big Hefty’s got a lot to say when he wants to say it. If you are wise to the lies told between the lines of the world’s eyes, then you better listen up.

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Thanks for taking the time to check out my work! Have a good one :)


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#1 posted 02-13-2015 04:49 PM

Great carving! I love the expression on this one. I should get one for my shop, maybe the trolls will stop moving my tools around then.

-- If you are going to make it, make it last.

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#2 posted 02-13-2015 05:35 PM

Looks fantastic, with great teeth.


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#3 posted 02-13-2015 05:48 PM

Thanks, guys!

RMorris, my spirits are great at keeping your tools in order. They also help to make you smarter and jump higher :)


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#4 posted 02-14-2015 12:14 AM

Josh, he is truly wonderful.
Congratulations on creating this “Spirit” and 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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#5 posted 02-14-2015 05:27 AM

Wonderful carving, those that can do this I appreciate you sharing your work

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

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#6 posted 02-14-2015 01:40 PM

Josh, that is a real beauty. You are so talented.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 02-14-2015 02:26 PM

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#8 posted 02-14-2015 04:11 PM

This spirit is really full of spirits of some sort.

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

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