Wood Carvings by Mark Sheridan

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Cottonwood Bark Treehouse

Happy Canada Day!…149 years old and counting.

I made this treehouse for my friends who picked up all of the Cottonwood bark from their cottage property for me.  This particular piece had a nice split nature to it and I thought it would give it a nice look.



These little carvings come together pretty quickly and I really should have had my camera at the ready to capture of few more “in progress” shots.
















I left a bit more bark than I usually do and I think that it really enhanced the carving.  When it was finished, I gave it one light coat of satin urethane on the carved sections, which tends to darken things up and left the bark natural.

I hadn’t realized that Cottonwood is in the Poplar family of trees although the size of the tree and the coarseness of the bark is definitely different than any of the Poplars that I’ve seen in Ontario.

Cottonwood Villa

Last fall my neighbour brought me a basket of Cottonwood bark from a tree at his cottage.  I didn’t realize that there were Cottonwood trees in Ontario.  The bark is a bit different from the same tree bark that I’ve carved from western Canada, but the general “carve-ability” of the bark is the same.

I cut two short segments from one piece of bark and, after planing the inside surface flat, I glued them together so that I could get an “in-the-round” carving out of it.  The inside of the bark is hollowed out so that the window openings have the impression of having some depth to them.  Next time I do this, I’m going to temporarily glue the halves together so that I can separate them easily after I’ve finished carving.  This separation will allow me to hollow out the sections near the windows a lot faster ( and easier ) than I did this one.

It’s a nice little carving that can sit on an end table.  Just click on the photo, below, to make it bigger.

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