Wood Walking Stick Carving

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Project by Josh Carte posted 12-09-2015 04:31 PM 1250 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was commissioned to make this piece for a lady that I know. She asked me to carve her dad’s face in a walking stick, and this is the result. This will be his Christmas gift. I was able to find his likeness very quickly in this piece of wood. Even during the very early rough out, he was there.

Cutting small saplings like this one makes for somewhat difficult wood identification. There were no leaves on this tree when I cut it, so I’m only able to go by the immature bark. I believe this to be a piece of Dogwood, but if I am wrong, please correct me.

I removed the bark from this stick/tree using a draw knife. I did all of the carving using a Foredom with many different burrs and carvers. I finished it with 3 coats of spray urethane. I didn’t use any paint or stain for this particular carving.

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#1 posted 12-09-2015 05:27 PM


WOW and OMG! Looks like your becoming more subtle in your carving? Probably just me. LOL1 Nice!

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#2 posted 12-09-2015 05:41 PM

Realy authentic carving. Carved face looks the same as the one on photo.

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#3 posted 12-09-2015 06:11 PM

He’s handsome , with chiseled good looks and hypnotic eyes.


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#4 posted 12-09-2015 07:12 PM

WOW…..........beautiful job on that carving, Josh!!!!!!!!!

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

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#5 posted 12-09-2015 09:30 PM

That’s a mighty fine looking Carving!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 12-09-2015 10:17 PM

Great carving! I am sure, there will be many tears in her face, when she will see it the first time.

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#7 posted 12-09-2015 10:42 PM

Beautiful Just beautiful!!!

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#8 posted 12-10-2015 12:02 AM

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#9 posted 12-10-2015 02:37 AM

Cool, the wood often tells us how to carve it.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 12-10-2015 03:11 AM

Very Good you nailed it

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#11 posted 12-10-2015 04:08 AM

Well done Josh.

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#12 posted 12-17-2015 05:31 PM


-- J. E. Ekholdt, Wrightwood,

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#13 posted 12-17-2015 06:56 PM

Josh, that is a beautiful piece with a lot of character.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 12-26-2015 09:55 PM


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

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#15 posted 12-27-2015 03:57 PM

Thank you, guys! This was a fun piece to carve :) I appreciate all of your kind words!


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