American Indian in Cottonwood Bark

Finished this guy tonight. He is smaller than normal. Cottonwood can be splity, and the nose came off at one point.  I got it back on though.  I thought the cheekbones looked good, but I have a lot of work to do yet learning noses and lips.

Butternut Mountain Man


I carved this for a friend who gave me a Zune 32 gig. I found a wormy spot in the beard which made it brittle and discolored.  Carving butternut is great though. I wish I had gone deeper in the wood and popped the face out more.  He loved it.

Woodcarving is Amazing

My name is Nate Elarton. I am 50 and started woodcarving about 8 years ago.  I married for 29 years, have amazing kids, pastor a church, play some instruments, and want to be a better woodcarver.

I am by no means a professional woodcarver. But I love it.  Back in 2007 I went to visit a friend in TN, Marty Eddinger, an amazing woodcarver and teacher now, and he asked me to come to his shed and to check out a hobby he was getting interested in. He handed me a chisel and I ran it through some Tennessee Cedar and I have love woodcarving ever since.

I don’t teach any classes, I am not that good, and I have only carved and learned from Marty and another amazing carver Alec Lacasse in Rochester, MI.

Woodcarving releases some creativity in me, but I find it peaceful, theraputic.  I pastor a large church in Temperance, MI and another in Toledo Ohio.  I have several pastors on staff, and there is so much to do. Woodcarving gives me peace as I escape the pressures of leadership, and it helps me be a better pastor and I hope I am becoming a better woodcarver also.

I have carved in the round, whittled, carved with chisels, powercarved, and I have enjoyed it all.  I seem to go back to faces.  I love looking at a carving and feel it’s alive looking back at you.  That is a great feeling to me.

I also launched this site as a place to index in pics some of my carvings.