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  • JoeVM
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    Nice bark house.

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  • Mark N. Akers
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    Very nice job on the Cottonwood Bark, awesome carving.

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  • DiLeon
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    I bought one of those off-brand carving sets that are super cheap...they are used for projects like this ...and especially with driftwood which has rocks, sand, and creatures in the wood. I will not destroy my good chisels and knives on iffy wood with surprises. Never carved cottonwood bark, although did spend a good in those trees when I was a kid, they were great climbing trees.

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  • Randy
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    Originally posted by tbox61 View Post

    Randy...it is quite fun to see what kind of creation you can make from the bark pieces! I can offer some suggestions for newbies...bark is quite dirty.

    I have a separate set of 'bark carving tools'...re-purposed sturdy kitchen paring knives sharpened to a flat bevel, other palm tools, rasps, etc. My good basswood carving tools don't get in the vicinity of the bark. Lots of dirt, grit, etc.

    My principal bark carving knife is a $.50 Chicago Cutlery thrift store find, so I am not out much if I ruin it.

    Good wood glue and a tube of super glue is also a must.
    Thanks for the heads up! I have a drawer with a number of old carving knives after all these years. A couple I use to clean bark off some of my walking sticks. So I will not use my go to set.

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  • tbox61
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    Originally posted by Randy View Post
    Good looking carving. Great detail. All the years I have been carving I have not carved bark. I need to do that.
    Randy...it is quite fun to see what kind of creation you can make from the bark pieces! I can offer some suggestions for newbies...bark is quite dirty.

    I have a separate set of 'bark carving tools'...re-purposed sturdy kitchen paring knives sharpened to a flat bevel, other palm tools, rasps, etc. My good basswood carving tools don't get in the vicinity of the bark. Lots of dirt, grit, etc.

    My principal bark carving knife is a $.50 Chicago Cutlery thrift store find, so I am not out much if I ruin it.

    Good wood glue and a tube of super glue is also a must.

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  • Randy
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    Good looking carving. Great detail. All the years I have been carving I have not carved bark. I need to do that.

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  • Glenn Jennings
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    Beautiful work this piece is truly wonderful.

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  • Merle Rice
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    Time well spent, Very well done. Merle

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  • JerseyGirl
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    Originally posted by tbox61 View Post
    I was planning on watching some good college football on New Year's Eve as well as New Year's Day...unfortunately, Cox Communications was out in our neighborhood, so all I could do was watch DVR'd Hallmark movies.
    Enjoy!
    Sounds like tortureā€¦ but you made the best of it and the carving sure is beautiful!

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  • tbox61
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    Originally posted by 4ND3R5 View Post
    Great piece. I like all little fastening holes you put on the siding. What did you do that with? Great job.
    A small round stylus...you can get them at most craft stores. I picked mine up at Hobby Lobby. If you look close at the door inset, I textured the bark with the same stylus. Just poked holes over and over to get the texture.

    If you ask at the craft store, they usually don't know what you are talking about. If you find the clay section, that is where you will find the tools. I think it was around $6.00 for 4 tools. 3 tools are double ended with different sized round balls. The other tool is sharp like a needle.

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  • joepaulbutler
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    Phenomenal, CW bark is always fun to carve, but hard sometimes to hold the detail, You did well.

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  • 4ND3R5
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    Great piece. I like all little fastening holes you put on the siding. What did you do that with? Great job.

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  • Claude
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    Well done!

    Claude

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  • Nebraska
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    Whimsical homes are always fun to look at, this is no exception nice work.

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  • Newsome Road
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    That's beautiful! I've never tried cottonwood before, but now I want to!

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