|Project by Josh Carte||posted 02-27-2015 03:42 PM||1632 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
I carved this unique and whimsical bark house in a piece of Cottonwood bark. Yes, this is actual bark from a Cottonwood tree. This is my first whimsical house carving.
I like to imagine the “Littles” that inhabit this unique dwelling. This is an exit only house as there is no easy way to enter :) There are stairs down and even a slide, but getting back up is tricky business. I suppose only the Littles know the easy way to enter.
I really like the natural shape and texture of this bark. It’s like a house that was formed in and with nature- everything about it seems natural.
This sculpture is carved from one piece of bark and finished with oil and wax. I signed and dated the back and also attached a hanger on the back.
I created this carving beginning with carpentry chisels to remove the bad bad bark, then working my way down to finer and finer rotary hand tools. The finest of sandpaper does wonders with bark, as it is easy to smooth things up in a hurry.
If I can give any tips or pointers, feel free to contact me. If you have any advice, I’m all ears :)
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