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11-23-2016, 02:25 PM
New to this forum

Carved from a piece of Cottonwood Bark found near my home in NW Arizona.
Great to see a forum for the wood craft folks.


11-23-2016, 03:08 PM
Nicely done! How large is it?

11-23-2016, 06:05 PM
Hi Ken, Thank you

It is 18" Tall X 5 1/4" Wide (at the widest point)inches

This Cottonwood we have here isn't as thick as the Cottonwood you find in Colorado. Still there is just enough bark to carve.


11-23-2016, 07:37 PM
I was fortunate enough to work with some Aspen once a few years ago ... I thought it was very nice - especially due to it's white color. Up to then I had used Holly but it's getting expensive and hard to find. I've never run across Cottonwood but some things are just not imported here in Florida.

11-23-2016, 09:36 PM
Hi Ken
I carved an Indian woman using aspen made the base out of it too. Aspen is nice to carve and make beautiful walking sticks. I haven't carved a stick with other friends have. They use the black nubs for animal faces such as bears.

I'll upload my Indian woman after Thanksgiving for you to see. I also did some wood burning on her too.

Cottonwood bark can be a task master as it can chip just where you don't want it too. I carve cottonwood limb which is nice to carve. I really like basswood much more stable for sure.

Up here you find Cottonwood growing near washes as they really like the water. I never cut a limb I gather off the ground or from dead fallen tree's. The Navajo and Hopi carvers carve the root for their kachina dolls.