|Project by Josh Carte||posted 03-01-2016 02:25 PM||1183 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
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: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoshCarteArt. Have a great day, everyone! Let the chips fly!