Native American Indian, Woodcarving, by Josh Carte

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Project by Josh Carte posted 03-06-2014 02:58 AM 1415 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this expressive Native American from a piece of Cottonwood bark. I enjoy the challenge of shaping this soft bark. It is the polar opposite of shaping the knots and burls that I often use. Each type of wood brings its’ own unique challenges. This guy measures 7” tall, 3 1/2” wide and 3 1/2” thick. I carve using rotary hand tools and grinders, and paint by hand with tiny brushes. Wood is good :) and so is bark…


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#1 posted 03-06-2014 03:25 AM

You sir are one heck of a sculptor/painter! Well done!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 03-06-2014 03:41 AM

Thank you very much DocSavage 45!


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#3 posted 03-06-2014 03:50 AM

Thank you! I will look forward to your artistic journey! :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 03-06-2014 05:13 AM

Excellent carving Josh, you have done an amazing job….thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#5 posted 03-06-2014 10:01 AM

Great job Josh

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#6 posted 03-06-2014 11:23 AM

Great look on that old indian.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 03-06-2014 11:36 AM

Man that dude’s got character. Great job on the eyes. That’s always the most challenging part for me.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#8 posted 03-06-2014 11:40 AM

Very nice

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 03-06-2014 05:58 PM

WOW!What a face!So realistic.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 03-06-2014 09:03 PM

You have a great talent ! I love this type of work. Please would you continue to share your carvings with us as I say they make my day, everytime when I see these. Really such a great talent Your Brother JOCK. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 03-07-2014 12:02 AM

Hello Scotsman/ Alistair :) I’ll keep on ‘a posting! Thank you all very much for your kind words :)


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#12 posted 03-07-2014 12:29 AM

Amazing lifelike details. Bravo!

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#13 posted 03-09-2014 12:23 AM

Wow ! When I first saw the picture I thought somebody was hiding behind the trunk. And then I realized that “of course” it was a carving. I just thought I would share this with you. Very impressive carving.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#14 posted 03-12-2014 03:59 PM

Excellent carving, amazing facial details especially the wrinkles and like how you include the bark.

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#15 posted 03-15-2014 04:04 AM

I have always been envious of those that can carve – great work on this…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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