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Appalachian Hillbilly Wood Spirit Carving

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Project by Josh Carte posted 04-10-2015 04:16 PM 1584 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Carved this hillbilly in a Pine knot. Pine knots are sort of like the forest’s driftwood. Anywhere a branch meets the base of a Pine, a knot is formed. When the Pine tree dies and rots away, the pitch-filled, resilient knots remain in tact for years and years. It is said that spirits inhabit these knots to allow them to live on much longer than the tree. My job is to free the spirits.

This carving is 12 3/8” tall, 6” wide and 2” thick.

I carve using power….more specifically, a Foredom- kind of like a dentist’s tool. My favorited bits to use are fluted, steel cutters.

I like to enhance my wood spirit carvings with just a tad, dollop, tid-bit or smidgen of thinned-down oil paint.

Come friend me on Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/JoshCarteArt

Stop by my shop, maybe even buy something from me :) Buying handmade is a really cool thing to do. https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoshCarteArt

If I can be of any assistance with carving or painting advice, feel free to send messages my direction. Enjoy the beautiful day! Even if it is raining!

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoshCarteArt





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 04-10-2015 04:24 PM

Nice one, Josh!!

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

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Dutchy

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#2 posted 04-10-2015 04:38 PM

I,m also from the rural. Perhaps he is related to me? Is he a Dutch immigrant?

Well done Josh.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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Josh Carte

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#3 posted 04-10-2015 04:47 PM

Thank you, Jim and Dutchy!

May be Dutch, Dutchy…not sure :) I’m straight outta Appalachia myself.

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DocSavage45

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#4 posted 04-10-2015 05:37 PM

Josh,

I got an “Oh Dah” moment seeing your poster. LOL! I’m changing your name or species AGAIN….LOL.

Mr. Wizard! You just have really great skills in drawing which translate to your sculpting.

I have to draw more, like I did in my 20’s.

Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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oldrivers

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#5 posted 04-10-2015 05:55 PM

One Cool Dude, nice set of grinders in that smile.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 04-10-2015 06:54 PM

Josh, your wood spirits are great. This one is no exception.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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Josh Carte

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#7 posted 04-10-2015 07:33 PM

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sheetzy

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#8 posted 04-11-2015 12:09 AM

OUTSTANDING….......I LOVE IT

-- Sheetzy

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Josh Carte

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#9 posted 04-11-2015 02:21 AM

Thanks so much, Sheetzy!!!!!

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoshCarteArt

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#10 posted 04-11-2015 03:39 AM

Josh, this one is REALLY GOOD.
Congratulations on an excellent job.
Thanks for sharing.

Bob.

-- 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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Josh Carte

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#11 posted 04-11-2015 02:46 PM

Thanks a bunch, Bob!!!!

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoshCarteArt

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kmerkle

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#12 posted 04-13-2015 05:53 PM

It looks like Dave Grohl…which is truly a compliment.

-- Every project is perfect until it's started.

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Josh Carte

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#13 posted 04-13-2015 10:24 PM

Thanks, kmerkle :) I think it’s in the jaw and teeth!

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoshCarteArt

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#14 posted 04-14-2015 07:40 PM

I can just about hear his laughter. Always nice to see your carvings Josh.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Josh Carte

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#15 posted 04-14-2015 11:44 PM

Thanks a bunch, Roger! I certainly appreciate it :)

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoshCarteArt

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