Wizard Carving in Cottonwood Bark

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Project by Josh Carte posted 02-20-2015 03:52 PM 1721 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a new wizard carving that I just completed. He’s carved in a piece of Cottonwood bark and measures 12” tall, 3” wide and 2” thick. I enjoy the ease of bark carving, but respect it’s sensitivity :) It’s not too difficult to get a little carried away when carving bark.

This is the face that this wizard makes when the temperate is 16 degrees below zero, as it was here in Southeastern Ohio this morning.

I took a bit of a different approach on the paint for this fella’. I painted the base tone with an acrylic wash, let it dry, and then painted the rest with oil paint. I’d never used oil on acrylic before, but I think it worked out pretty well.

If you have any questions on technique, compliments, or wish to tell me this was an epic failure, feel free to do so :) If I can help you, I’d love to do so! If you can help me, please do! Much love!

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#1 posted 02-20-2015 03:58 PM

You do great work and I like you addition of the color (paint) to the pieces you make.

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

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#2 posted 02-20-2015 04:05 PM

I also love this one. Well done.


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#3 posted 02-20-2015 04:10 PM

At 16 degrees below zero he must be one COOL Dude. Great work thanks for sharing.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 02-20-2015 04:22 PM

Thanks, all!

He’s a very cool dude this week, Oldrivers :)


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#5 posted 02-20-2015 05:11 PM

Josh, Looks great. How did you carve it? By hand or with a power ? And if by power what kind of unit/machine?

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#6 posted 02-20-2015 05:34 PM

Hi Rustynails, thanks! I carved this piece using rotary hand tools, a Foredom to be more specific. If you are unfamiliar, it is sort of like a dentist’s tool: there is a hanging motor, a hand piece with a flexible shaft, foot pedal and a bunch of different burs.


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#7 posted 02-20-2015 05:36 PM

It’s another beautiful piece, Josh. You definitely have developed your own style.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#8 posted 02-20-2015 08:02 PM

Thanks, Charles! It will forever be a work in progress as far as style development goes. Much appreciation to all!


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#9 posted 02-20-2015 08:19 PM

He sure looks like he’s gonna come right outta that tree. Super, as always.

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

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#10 posted 02-20-2015 08:44 PM

Thank so much, Roger!


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#11 posted 02-21-2015 05:58 PM


Hope these guys are selling well as your storage area might be turning into a netherworld? LOL!

You deserve a Top 3 on all your work. Good to se it happening.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 02-21-2015 10:11 PM

Thanks, Tom! They are going pretty well for me :) I appreciate you!


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#13 posted 02-21-2015 10:57 PM

Cool carving Josh.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 02-22-2015 05:18 AM

Wonderful Josh.
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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