Hemlock Knot, Wood Spirit Carving

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Project by Josh Carte posted 135 days ago 1013 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this fella’ from a Hemlock knot. I enjoy taking found woods and bringing out the spirit that lives inside the wood. Knots have such unusual shape and character that they are ideal for wood spirit carving. The knots that I use are very old and stable. Some of them may be over 100 years old. Anywhere a branch of a Hemlock meets the base of the tree, a knot is formed. Some are large and some are small. Each has it’s own unique form and characteristics. Carving a Hemlock knot is almost like carving wax. The fine dust from the knot, created by my Foredom when shaping, has a tendency to stick to everything it touches. I don’t think I could ever get all of the sticky sawdust off of me if it weren’t for the trusty air compressor :)

This guy is 12” tall, 4” wide and 2 1/2” thick. He is carved and painted entirely by hand.


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#2 posted 135 days ago

Fantastic, Josh.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#3 posted 135 days ago

You carvers on this site amaze me. Awesome stuff!

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

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#5 posted 135 days ago

wow, that is really cool, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#6 posted 135 days ago

Thanks, SteveinOhio :)


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#7 posted 135 days ago

I love the before and after shot. I wish I could be in a carver’s mind for a day to see how they look at old knot and say “ahhh, that’s the brim of a wizards hat”

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#8 posted 135 days ago

Nicely done Josh!

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#9 posted 135 days ago

WoW. You are very skilled Josh. Well done.

-- Narinder, Calgary, Ab.

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#10 posted 135 days ago

Super job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 135 days ago

Really very nice, I love this.Please Keep em coming buddy LOL Alistair

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

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#12 posted 135 days ago

Great looking wood spirit Josh, lots of character on the face and really nicely carved. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#14 posted 135 days ago

love it

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#15 posted 134 days ago

Josh,very nice job !!!

-- Lidiya,Russia.

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