Tree and Raccoon Wood Carving in Honey Locust Barn Wood

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Project by Josh Carte posted 03-18-2015 02:44 PM 1314 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I created this wood carving in a piece of Honey Locust. This piece of wood had been air drying for years, and the sun gave it this beautiful barn-wood patina. I really love the contrast of the barn wood to the red, Locust color.

I began this carving with a chainsaw and finished with very small rotary hand tools (burs, primarily). This style of carving is called pierced relief. It is a mixture of relief carving and full bust sculpture. I really enjoy this tedious style of carving.

This is quite a large piece. It measures 20” tall, 15 1/4” wide and 1 1/8” thick.

I didn’t use any paint, stain or dye on this carving. I only used a finish of Howard Feed n’ Wax. The Feed n’ Wax is a mixture or orange oil and beeswax. It has a lovely smell and is non-toxic :)





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#1 posted 03-18-2015 10:53 PM

Great job, Josh!!

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

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#2 posted 03-18-2015 11:10 PM

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#3 posted 03-19-2015 06:53 AM

Love the contrast between the carved and uncarved areas. You now have an exciting new medium to work with! Beautiful.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 03-19-2015 12:51 PM

Thanks, John! You’re thinking the same thing I’m thinking :) I’m pretty excited to make more carvings in this style. The only difficult part is finding wide, dry hardwood boards, wider than 12”. I’ve learned a way to gray the boards if I need to do that, so that aspect is covered…just need more wood now!


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#5 posted 03-19-2015 03:59 PM


You used the word “tedious”. I’d use the word patience. I’m always practicing my patience. Never truly succeed. LOL! Now more hoses for the forest folk?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 03-19-2015 07:38 PM

Tom, I believe both words are applicable :) Might be some more houses now… or more trees…. or spirits… or animals….maybe a walkin’ stick :)


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#7 posted 03-20-2015 01:26 AM

I really love the contrasting colours.
Fabulous work.


-- 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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#8 posted 03-20-2015 01:25 PM

Thank you very much, Bob!!!


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#9 posted 03-20-2015 03:30 PM

This is another beautiful carving, Josh.

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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#10 posted 03-20-2015 10:45 PM

A super cool carving scene

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

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#11 posted 03-21-2015 01:09 AM

Thanks, Charles and Roger!!!!


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