# 16 Carving “found wood”
One of the joys of wood carving is working with found wood. I will say much more on the subject in a later post but I wanted to introduce the topic here. “Found wood” is material for carving which you the carver go out and find. The carving presented here is such a piece. This snowman was carved from a white pine branch which was picked up after a severe Michigan wind storm. The branch was cut to four foot length and
stored in my garage for several years. After curing/drying it
became useful for carving.
A part of the pleasure in carving found wood is the satisfaction which comes from making something beautiful out of a piece of wood many would
burn or just throw into the trash heap. This snowman, with its remaining bark, reminds the viewer of its origin in the forest. And that reminder makes using “found wood” all the more enjoyable.
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