Carving a Dog from Soap
By Barbara Millikan
Soap is often the first material kids (and even some adults) carve. Soap is firm but soft, widely available, and inexpensive. It doesn’t have grain and can be carved with just about anything.
I designed this dog pattern and cartoon instructions, along with the soap turtle pattern and instructions published in Woodworking Illustrated Summer/Fall 2016 (Issue 76), for my club, the Capitol Woodcarvers of Salem, Ore., to hand out at fairs with a bar of soap. We’ve had a great response; I hope you’ll try it with your club.
The tools shown here are part of a similar project by the Desert Woodcarving Show in Mesa, Ariz. However, you can also teach kids using plastic knives, clay-shaping tools, pocket knives, tapered craft sticks, craft-store carving tools, or, of course, adult carving tools (with proper supervision).