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Skull Chainsaw Carving

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Project by Josh Carte posted 05-26-2015 01:30 PM 1133 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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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#1 posted 05-26-2015 01:57 PM

That is really cool, Josh. Can you post a photo of what the dime tip looks like. Does it have a special bar with a little nose??
thanks, Jim

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

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#2 posted 05-26-2015 04:56 PM

You do have a scary side to you! LOL! I’m with Jim as I don’t know what a dime tip is. But I’m just getting started w chainsaws. This is not what I was thinking when I mentioned contemporary, LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Josh Carte

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#3 posted 05-26-2015 06:13 PM

Thanks, Jim!

I definitely have a scary side, Tom :) There are lots of carvings that could constitute contemporary out there…this is probably not one of them. Some of the work in my shop might fit into that category, though.

Yep guys, a dime tip bar is just what it sounds like….a carving bar that tapers down to around the size of a dime. It runs a special chain- 1/4” pitch….also requires a 1/4” pitch sprocket. There are also quarter bars out there that will run 3/8” pitch chains :)

Here’s a link to a few different bars: http://www.baileysonline.com/shop.axd/Search?keywords=dime+tip+bar

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#4 posted 05-26-2015 06:18 PM

Different then you usual I like it a lot

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#5 posted 05-26-2015 06:21 PM

Thank you, Dug! I have lots of ideas and carvings that I make that I haven’t listed on the site…. I’m becoming great friends with the chainsaw again, so there will probably be a lot more variation in what I list now :)

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

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#6 posted 05-26-2015 06:23 PM

Kewl I can’t wait to see them, I’ve been interested in working with the chainsaw too, but I always get frustrated in keeping the darn thing running. It always needs tuned up LOL

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Josh Carte

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#7 posted 05-26-2015 06:26 PM

You can get an entry Stihl chainsaw for around $200. A decent carving bar and chain will be about $130 total. So, for $330 you will have lots and lots of hours of almost guaranteed carving :)

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#8 posted 05-26-2015 06:28 PM

Nice work, Josh. I really like this. It’s different and has a certain character about it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#9 posted 05-26-2015 06:32 PM

Thanks, Charles!!!

I took about 11 human anatomy and physiology classes in college, a myology course and worked with cadavers, so I really enjoy learning about bones, muscles and people :)

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#10 posted 05-26-2015 06:41 PM

thanks Josh I’ll have to look into it, mine is a walmart special pulon or something like that

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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jinkyjock

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#11 posted 05-26-2015 07:47 PM

Josh,
from intricate detailed carving to imaginative chainsaw work,
you have all the bases covered.
I plan to try some carving work soon,
and guys like yourself have set the bar pretty high.
Thanks for posting.

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Josh Carte

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#12 posted 05-26-2015 08:18 PM

Thanks so much, jinkyjock! Best of luck to you :)

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#13 posted 05-27-2015 12:19 AM

I love him Josh, he looks soooo real.
You certainly have this carving down pat.
Congratulations on another stunning piece.

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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#14 posted 05-27-2015 01:27 AM

Wow, that is freaky cool!

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#15 posted 05-27-2015 09:11 AM

very Cool, wish I had the talent, love wood carvings

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