|Project by Josh Carte||posted 05-26-2015 01:30 PM||1192 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
I carved this skull giving the “devil hand” in a piece of White Pine. My primary tool of destruction was a chainsaw with a dime tip. The dime tip allows me to get into a lot of places that I could not get into otherwise. Once I went as far as I could with the chainsaw, I moved on to a torch, Dremel and sandpaper.
This free-standing sculpture is 14” tall, 8” wide and 6” thick.
I finished this carving with 2 coats of spray urethane. This helps to seal the wood, and keep the torched areas from leaving soot on your hands. I like the natural look of the wood, so I didn’t use a more protective sealer such as spar urethane. If this carving was going to be placed directly in the sun, one coat of spar urethane 2 times a year will keep the carving looking great. As with all wood and wood furniture, a barrier should be placed between this carving and the ground.
My brother-in-law has influenced my chainsaw work from the beginning. He’s a straight out the 80’s, bad to the bone, biker. When I first begin carving, I made a lot of eagles and skulls. This made Rob (my brother-in-law) pretty happy, and since I was still a beginner back then, he got quite a few of my carvings for free. I’m again drawn to the “biker” style of carving. There is just so much that can be done :)
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