Driftwood Carvings

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Project by RusticJohn posted 243 days ago 1072 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first carving is made from a ratty old piece of Gorse driftwood. There were times when I despaired of ever getting a result from it but sheer cussedness prevailed. The wood was soft-ish and slightly punky in one place. I ended up using a very fine double edge carving knife to do the work. The advantage was that it was thin and didn’t push the wood sideways too much when carving fine detail. Also the blade is HSS so could be made very sharp. The largest head is about 75 mm long and the smallest about 25 mm. There are flowers and acorns scattered around the piece to give a garden feel to it. I had to stain the wood as the natural colour was a dirty light green. This was done with some trepidation but the result was very pleasing.

The second carving in the last picture is just something I knocked up in a spare moment. The wood came out of a volcanic lake and was like chalk to carve. I must start using proper wood like everyone else. There were lots of challenges, again needing very thin and sharp knives to get a result. The work is about 200 mm long.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 243 days ago

Cool—really nice work!

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#2 posted 243 days ago

Wow another excellent carving John, the detail is amazing a beautiful piece…well done.

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#3 posted 243 days ago

Fantastic! well done mate.

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#4 posted 243 days ago

That’s incredible work!

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#5 posted 243 days ago

Very well done. You certainly show a great deal of skill in your art.

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#6 posted 243 days ago

Totally unique carving.

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#7 posted 242 days ago

Thank you all for the comments. It was one of those pieces I thought I would never get finished. Took about a month off and on.

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#8 posted 240 days ago

There is something about that second carving I really like.

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#9 posted 240 days ago

I certainly like working with flawed wood with the missing pieces and the battered shape. Its fun to make something from it.

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#10 posted 239 days ago

Amazing work on those art pieces. You gave new life to those drift woods.

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#11 posted 231 days ago

Wonderful work John!!!!! I also liked the Hopeful frog cane!!!!!

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