Cottonwood Bark Carving, Josh Carte, Native American

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Project by Josh Carte posted 03-13-2014 10:39 PM 1514 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Native American is carved from a piece of Cottonwood bark. I carved him using rotary hand tools and painted with acrylics. This piece measures 7 1/2” tall, 4” wide, and 2 1/2” thick. This guy took several sittings to complete, but I’m now happy that I was patient :) Hope you like him.


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#1 posted 03-13-2014 11:10 PM

l can’t get over how realistic your work looks GREAT JOB

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 11:36 PM

Very nice I really like how you left the natural piece of wood on top

-- JJ, Ohio

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#3 posted 03-14-2014 01:31 AM

Another great realistic carving I like it,.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 03-14-2014 01:32 AM

Thanks guys! I especially like this one myself :)


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#5 posted 03-14-2014 03:22 AM

Very Nice Project & Nicely Done. Thanks for Sharing.


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#6 posted 03-14-2014 10:50 AM

Fantastic, love the look.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 03-14-2014 11:32 AM

super carving.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario (

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#8 posted 03-14-2014 01:25 PM

Unbelievable detail. I’d go so far as to say you are a gifted artist-carver. Well done Josh.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#9 posted 03-14-2014 01:48 PM

I more than like it. That is something I would definitely hang in a prime spot in my house. Looks like a person that would be so great to sit and listen to all the stories he could tell.

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

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#10 posted 03-14-2014 02:09 PM

Incredibly awesome work

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

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#11 posted 03-14-2014 05:11 PM

you do some vary nice work realistic looking Now Don’t take this wrong you are vary good But I have to say if it is realistic carving that you are going for I see just one thing that’s just a little off and I’m NOT trying to put you down and that is the mouth is not the same length and the center of the eye’s and if you had it judged in a art show under realistic they mite say the same thing … I like it when others tall me what I’m doing something not right and I hope you fill the same way , but like I sad you have done a Vary nice job on this I would still have to give you a blue ribbon on it …. take care Nimkee

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#12 posted 03-14-2014 05:38 PM

Trully amaizing carving. You can almoust read his emotion thru his face.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 03-14-2014 06:34 PM

Thanks again everyone! Nimkee, thank you for your honesty. I am just happy that folks are considering this a realistic- looking piece. I wasn’t necessarily going for realism when I carved this fella’, I was just trying to get the shape and detail close to what was in my head. This Native wasn’t carved from a picture, and subtle variances in mouth shape and eyes only add character in my mind. I appreciate any input, be it praise or constructive criticism. :)


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#14 posted 03-17-2014 09:43 PM

Wow that is such an amazing carving , so realistic….thank you for sharing.

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

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#15 posted 03-20-2014 02:40 PM

He looks amazing! Like the gorgeous wood with bark. Impressive carving, paint job and mix of colors!

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