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Project by mpounders posted 12-15-2010 10:55 PM 1476 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a quick little Santa face in cottonwood bark. I am still trying to decide if I like carving bark….it is very easy to carve and really has a neat look to it, but it can also be quite fragile and delicate. This from some bark I found here in Arkansas and it is supposed to be not as thick as that from farther north. But it was free! Thanks for looking and Merry Christmas to all!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com





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Rob W

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#1 posted 12-15-2010 11:12 PM

Great carving. I love the eyes.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!, http://www.witzkewood.com

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#2 posted 12-15-2010 11:22 PM

Looks Great! So any tips on carving bark? I would think that it might be a bit fragile and frustrating to work with.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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mpounders

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#3 posted 12-15-2010 11:34 PM

Yeah, it keeps challenging me for sure! Sharp tools really help and CA glue can come in handy. Bark seems to make a really big mess, but it sure carves quickly. I have learned to be flexible with my design, in case something flakes off, and I power carve part with sanding drums…..that seems to make it easier doing some curved, flowing portions, and other areas. Then I will go back and carve other details back in. This is only my second bark carving, so I’m not sure I know enough about it to even be considered a novice!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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Mark Davisson

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#4 posted 12-15-2010 11:39 PM

He looks tired! :o)

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#5 posted 12-16-2010 12:20 AM

Such a wonderful Santa face. Mark- maybe this is Santa’s after Christmas face? :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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GaryL

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#6 posted 12-16-2010 12:24 AM

You took something most of us would throw in the burn pile and made a fantastic peice of artwork.
Nice !

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#7 posted 12-16-2010 12:55 AM

I really like this. The bark edges takes it beyond the traditional look of a carved face.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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imallchalkedup

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#8 posted 12-16-2010 06:42 AM

cool

-- RStadler

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MichaelA

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#9 posted 12-16-2010 06:58 AM

Mike thats a great carving!! I met a carver at our last show.He only carves cottonwood bark.
How you described how to go about carving it is almost word for word how he advised also.
He also power carves 90% and has to be very flexible while he carves.Nice project.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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peteg

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#10 posted 12-16-2010 09:03 AM

Hey Mike, I would love to “chew the fat” with this guy, he looks like he’s been there there & done that.
Youv’e managed to capture a tired old man with a lot to share.
I think it’s fantastic for what it is.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Dez

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#11 posted 12-16-2010 01:08 PM

Nice! And Nice again for finding beauty in something normally thrown away!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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Div

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#12 posted 12-16-2010 08:21 PM

My kind of Santa! The fat dude in the red suit is no match for this one….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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Mark A. DeCou

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#13 posted 12-16-2010 11:06 PM

Very cute. I’m not a bark carver. I tried it once at a carving competition, and I didn’t like it. Too brittle, and I had a hard time with it. So, I can really appreciate the expertise you have to make this Santa turn out like you did.

good work!
m

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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#14 posted 12-17-2010 09:29 PM

me like it. cork/bark especially

-- Rev 22:21

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mysticcarver

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#15 posted 12-18-2010 03:35 PM

I love the carving! I carve alot in cottonwood bark, I find it a very enjoyable experience. But you must get a good grained bark. I get mine shipped in from canada. You need a certain amount of flexibility in your designs…however that being said, if you get down to the inner bark areas away from the outside of the bark it is very nice to carve. Wonderful piece you did!!!

-- J.Palmer,Texas,http://www.mysticcarvings.com

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