re-using, recycling, and redeeming old wood

Carving in cottonwood.

 

A different slant on things 1a

 

 

A different slant on things 1b

 

Another carving.  Three  photos to go with our article.  Amazing what one can learn.  Of course, we aren’t saying how long it took.

A DIFFERENT SLANT ON THINGS.

Cottonwood is one of my favorite materials to use.  As you can see, the bark of the cottonwood can be very thick.  The exterior layer is usually gray and dark.  The fun begins when the exterior is open and the grain of the bark is displayed.

 

A different slant on things 1c

 

Rich, deep reds, browns and yellows interplay in pleasing and exciting patterns.  Before finish coats are added the exposed bark is a soft brown, often unremarkable. When a coat of sealer or wax is added cottonwood bark really stands out.

Cottonwood is a pleasing wood to carve.  It is softer than most carving material.  It holds detail nicely.  One drawback is its fragility.  When carving, you always need to be aware of the pressure being put on the various parts of the carving.  Flexibility in design is a must when carving with cottonwood.

This piece is for sale today at a 10% discount on the Gift shop price.  Contact me if you are interested.

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2 responses

  1. you should know, dont look at my email address

    Hey I’v seen all these before do you have any other pictures? although they are still cool.

    November 10, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    • Good evening H. No, you have not seen all of these before. There are several in the bunch that have not been outside our house beside in email form. Did you look through the Gift Shop? There are some in there you have not seen, unless you have looked through all the pictures on my computer……Thanks for looking.

      November 11, 2010 at 6:27 am

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