American Chestnut Tree Carving

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Project by Josh Carte posted 03-03-2015 04:19 AM 1384 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this tree scene in a piece of American Chestnut. The camera didn’t pick up all of the detail in the trunk in all of the pictures for some reason. The first picture shows it best.

This carving is around 15” tall, 9’ wide and 3/4” thick.

I began this carving by drawing out the original design onto the wood. Then, I used my bandsaw and Jigsaw to remove wood from the negative spaces. I did all of the shaping and detailing using rotary hand tools (primarily burs in a Foredom), grinders and my mini belt sander. I finished this carving with 3 coats of spray satin urethane.




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#1 posted 03-03-2015 05:29 AM

Very cool Josh, I like it very much.


-- 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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#2 posted 03-03-2015 06:24 AM

Yet another winner Josh.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 03-03-2015 12:55 PM

Oh yes yes! I likes this one

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

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#4 posted 03-03-2015 02:55 PM

Thank you, fellas! I really like to carve trees- they are all around me, here in the woods. The forest and my friend Gary, “The Tree Wiz” are both so inspirational for me :)


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#5 posted 03-03-2015 04:42 PM

That is a real beauty, josh.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 03-03-2015 06:00 PM

Do you have a long flowing beard and carry one of the staffs you made? Now you are creating the forest around the sprites. LOL!

Your production time is amazing as well as your work!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 03-03-2015 06:31 PM

Thanks, Tom! I’m always working on several carvings… One is carved but needs some paint, another is partially carved, one is an idea…. Another needs poly and pictures haha- always something going on. I love it! I also have other work and a family :)

No long beard and no staff :)

Much love!


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#8 posted 03-03-2015 08:25 PM

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#9 posted 03-04-2015 02:21 AM

beautiful work!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 03-04-2015 03:28 AM

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#11 posted 06-11-2015 08:32 PM

nice work Josh

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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