Driftwood Carvings.

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Project by RusticJohn posted 175 days ago 749 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple more driftwood carvings that I have just finished. Some of the designs are my own and some are from others. The first 4 photos show aspects of the actual carvings and the last 2 just show me using a scraper and a crooked knife on similar work.

Driftwood is not without its problems. Parts of it can be soft and other bits can be damaged by sand, bugs and wear and tear. The trick is to use all of these to advantage. In the first carving I painted some of the damaged wood a weathered green colour to highlight the broken up surface carving and to make the design a little more apparent.

Often the natural colour of the wood can be rather grey and uninspiring. I am not a great fan of stains but in these cases it is necessary to do justice to the carving. The advantage of the lighter woods is that they can be easy to carve provided very sharp, thin blades are used. You don’t want a blade that will push the fine detail sideways when cutting and so forcing it to break off.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 175 days ago

You are very creative, checked out your work, very nice.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#2 posted 175 days ago

Wonderful. That is an art that I would not attempt.
Thanks for showing.

-- 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.

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#3 posted 175 days ago

Very nice and very unique.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#4 posted 175 days ago

Those are really cool.

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#5 posted 175 days ago

The carvings are really easy to do. If you make a mistake you can either change the design a little or throw the wood away. In fact my Granddaughters collect the mistakes and use them when playing.

-- RusticJohn

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#6 posted 175 days ago

Some cool carving!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#7 posted 175 days ago

wonderful carvings.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 174 days ago


Easy for you to do! Nice piece. Great compliment of natural and enhanced coloring. You did it well sir!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 173 days ago

I really admire you guy’s that can carve like this and bring out so much detail from the wood, you must have a great imagination,and ability to make the wood work for you. At one time in my life, I seriously thought about taking up carving, and invested in about $6000.00 worth of power carving equipment, after failing miserably, I got to thinking, I should have bought a Sawstop Table saw, and a Powermatic Lathe. Thanks for sharing your fine work.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#10 posted 168 days ago

Cool carvings, like all the great details on the different faces and impressive that the’re carved on driftwood. Amazing work!

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#11 posted 166 days ago

Outstanding carvings, John!!!!!!!!!!!!!..............Jim

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

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#12 posted 166 days ago

Thank you all for the comments. Anyone can carve driftwood. There isn’t much to lose if you make a mess of it. In that event just hang it in the garden and the weather and moss will soon convert it to a piece of art.

-- RusticJohn

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#13 posted 166 days ago

Interesting—very creative.

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