Wood Carvings by Mark Sheridan

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Castle Cottonwood

Had a nice piece of Cottonwood bark delivered to me the other day.  Once again, like the Cottonwood Mill that I carved earlier, the bark was generally white and light grey.  This time, instead of being rounded in shape, it was much more angular and I had to take a few days to look at it to decide what it was going to be.


I’ve been wanting to carve up another bark carving for my Mom and my Daughter ( Peggy kept the Cottonwood Mill and it’s already hanging on our wall ).  As I looked at the wood, it felt like a castle of some sort was in there, and as my daughter is a big fan of “Game of Thrones”, the decision was made.

Here’s the progress that I’ve made so far.



Those trees on either side are “holding up” some part of the castle structure.  They were particularly fun to do.  I’ll be carving some caves at the bottom of the carving.  The waterfall that I’ve left will feed a little moat.

I have a few more photos on the Flickr Photos in my Links off to the right of this page.

The Cottonwood Mill

I think that I’ve pretty much finished up my Cottonwood Mill.

A couple of posts ago, I placed a photo that will give you some sense of the amount of white bark that was on this particular bark sample.  Although I didn’t originally intend it this way, I decided along the way to keep the white as it looked to me like a water-fall.  So, I ended up cutting “rocks” and “timbers” around it to show why the waterfall was cascading in the way that it was…and, it turned out pretty well.

I still may do a couple of additional things, like a final coat of wax and, maybe, a couple of small dingbats doing some work around the Mill.


Whimsical Mill Bark Carving

My “whimsical cottage” looks like it became a dwelling above a mill of some sort.  I’ll have to think a bit about just what the water wheel is turning.  I’m definitely going to be getting some more bark…this is a lot of fun.

I need to cut out the windows and hollow out the back a bit so it looks like you’re looking into rooms.  Also need to burn the top of the chimney to make it look like it has been used by the home-owner whenever he isn’t in the mill making that whimsical what-ever.



Bark Worse than Bite?

Ha!  When I was in Niagara, Stephan Forrin’s wood carvings got me interested in Cottonwood Bark carvings.  Stephan was good enough to spend some time with me explaining the basics of carving this fairly fragile bark.

I should have taken a picture of the bark before I started carving, but I guess I was just too anxious to get going.  As you can see, this particular piece of Cottonwood Bark had a lot of white on the outside.  I started with a little cottage on the top, grass thatched roof with some cedar shingles beneath and then, finally, a pine planked cottage.


Next, I got the idea that a bit of a spiral staircase would look good leading up to the door.  Then, the more I looked at it, I thought that the white looked like water, so, I carved a little water wheel at the bottom and trimmed away the white portions of the bark to look like a waterfall.

It’s coming along quite nicely, and a lot quicker than an involved caricature.  I think I’m going to need more bark…


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