Female Driftwood Spirit Carving by Josh Carte

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Project by Josh Carte posted 03-01-2016 02:25 PM 1446 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this lady wood spirit in a piece of Spalted driftwood. She was quite a challenge to create for a couple of reasons: Female form is tough to achieve…Getting the softness takes some practice. Also, Spalted wood has different densities, so one second you need to press hard to carve what you want, and the next requires a very soft hand to keep from sinking in what seems to be quicksand :) She took quite a while to carve but I’m very happy with her. She sold very quickly.

The last picture shows the carving before it was sanded.

I carve using rotary tools. I use a carving tool made by Foredom. I really love it! There are tons of different bits to achieve varying textures. There are bits to rough out large chunks of wood and there are also bits to smooth the entire surface. If you’ve never used a Dremel or a Foredom or any other tool of that nature, ya might wanna try!

I left this piece natural. I didn’t use any paint or stain. I did apply a few coats of spray urethane, but with the wood being so porous, the urethane really isn’t noticeable.

If you’d like to check out more of my work, go to: Have a great day, everyone! Let the chips fly!


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#1 posted 03-01-2016 02:56 PM

Hey Josh, There is no wonder she sold quickly, what an amazing result you achieved.
She is one good looking spirit.

Thanks for sharing her.


-- 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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#2 posted 03-01-2016 03:42 PM

Beautiful project!

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#3 posted 03-01-2016 03:57 PM

Beautiful. All I can say.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 03-01-2016 04:46 PM

A beautiful lady Josh.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#5 posted 03-01-2016 05:02 PM

Amazing carving! That spalting really gives her unique appearance!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 03-01-2016 06:51 PM

That’s what I’m talking about, Josh. Yay.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 03-01-2016 06:58 PM

Very impressive facial expression.You can realy see them deep in eyes.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 03-01-2016 07:25 PM


Been awhile. I really like the flow and form of the piece integrated into the forms. Your work is usually whimsical and this is different. Since it sold quickly maybe you’ll do more????? LOL!

I really love this one!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 03-01-2016 07:26 PM

This is very nice work, Josh. I always like to see what you are up to.

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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#11 posted 03-02-2016 02:15 AM

Of all the difficulties you mentioned you have made them look easy, beautiful work!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#12 posted 03-02-2016 12:26 PM

She is so beautiful, and eerie at the same time. That makes her awesome

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

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#13 posted 03-02-2016 04:03 PM

Thanks so much, everyone!!!


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#14 posted 03-03-2016 09:00 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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