Patterns

Bring Home a Garden Gnome

Bring Home a Garden Gnome

Make a mascot that’s sure to bring good luck By Floyd Rhadigan Small, strong, gentle, and quick, gnomes live in harmony with nature while also enjoying a good practical joke. They live in farmlands, forests, meadows, houses, and, like this one, gardens. These cheery folk are vegetarians, and occasionally enjoy […]

by April 5, 2018 Patterns, Projects, Spring Carving
Carving a Daisy Pin

Carving a Daisy Pin

Floral pin is a perfect gift for Mother’s Day By Glenn Stewart Step-by-step photos by Peyton Sharp I like to carve seasonal pins. I can usually carve them in one sitting, and folks love to wear them. I always associate daisies with summer, so they make a great pin for […]

by April 5, 2018 Patterns, Projects, Spring Carving
Carved Garden Chair Project

Carved Garden Chair Project

Customize this sturdy chair with your own relief carved design By Jan Oegema Project Furniture This one-of-a-kind chair makes a unique addition to your garden or back yard. The chair is easy to construct, extremely sturdy and very comfortable. By adding a relief carving to the chair back, you can […]

by April 5, 2018 Patterns, Projects, Spring Carving
Carving a Soap Flower

Carving a Soap Flower

Soft and lacking grain, a bar of soap is easy to carve By Sue Wagner Many youngsters start off carving soap because it’s soft enough to carve with plastic or wooden tools. But, you can use sharp metal tools to create even more intricate designs without having to deal with […]

by April 5, 2018 Patterns, Projects, Spring Carving
Carving a Rustic Welcome Sign

Carving a Rustic Welcome Sign

The perfect sign project for beginners that looks great embellished with gold leaf By Vernon DePauw The pineapple has long been a symbol of welcome and hospitality. Rather than carving down the entire surface of the sign, carve and attach the pineapple separately. Making the Sign Determine the size you […]

by January 25, 2018 Fall Carving, Holiday Carving, Patterns, Spring Carving
Quick and Cute Christmas Tree

Quick and Cute Christmas Tree

Transform a basswood egg into a simple tree just in time for Christmas By Lori Dickie   You should be able to carve this fun, cute, and quick Christmas tree almost as fast as you drew the pattern onto the turned Santa egg. Carving the Tree While carving it from […]

by December 12, 2017 Holiday Carving, Patterns, Projects
Carving Cigar Box Lids

Carving Cigar Box Lids

Create a one-of-a-kind gift by upcycling wooden cigar boxes By Desiree Hajny Most good cigars come in Spanish cedar boxes, and Spanish cedar is a great wood for carving. So, why not embellish a cigar box with a carving to transform it into a wonderful keepsake box. When carving the […]

by October 20, 2017 Patterns
Duck Tonight

Duck Tonight

Facial expressions and body language let you tell a story with this carving by Arnold Smith   Most of my carvings begin with a story in my head. “This hunter, who happens to be a really poor shot, finally killed himself a duck and was really excited about it. He […]

by August 11, 2017 Patterns
Realistic Eagle Bust

Realistic Eagle Bust

Designed as a cane topper, this majestic eagle could easily be enlarged for a full-size carving By Pat Mikula Moore A cane head makes a great project for several reasons: it is small enough to hold in your hand; if you make a mistake, you haven’t ruined an entire cane; and […]

by June 13, 2017 Patterns, Projects, Spring Carving
Fan-Tailed Hummingbird

Fan-Tailed Hummingbird

Learn the secrets that unlock this striking technique By Rick Wiebe   I learned the basic process of making wooden fan birds from books and magazine articles, and then developed my unique style and process by lots of trial, error, and practice. It does take practice to get good at […]

by May 3, 2017 Patterns, Projects