Patterns & Projects

Brown Bear

Brown Bear

Wide, concave cuts make this woodland creature as fluffy as he is frightening   By James Miller Photography by Allison Cully See the full step-by-step project in James Miller’s book, Whittling Flat-Plane Animals. There once was a man traveling through a dark forest known to be inhabited by shape-shifting trolls. […]

by October 25, 2021 Whittling
Watchful Santa Ornament

Watchful Santa Ornament

This pierced relief caricature is making a list and checking it twice   By Bob Hershey This jolly fella is a relief carving with vanishing point perspective. The vanishing point of his face is far to the left when you face him, which creates the illusion that he is looking […]

by October 25, 2021 Holiday Carving
Whittling 2021 Volume 7

Whittling 2021 Volume 7

Whittling, a special issue of Woodcarving Illustrated, includes a variety of projects, patterns, and features, as well as interesting techniques. This issue is not a part of the regular magazine subscription. It is available from your favorite retailer or from Fox Chapel Publishing, foxchapelpublishing.com or 1-800-457-9112. Scroll down for a sneak peek!   Starter Guide […]

by August 25, 2021 Special Issues, Whittling
Trick-or-Treater Project

Trick-or-Treater Project

Carve a basswood blank into a cute pal to take trick-or-treating By Lori Dickie This petite pumpkin trick-or-treater is dressed in festive layers to stay warm during the chilly October night. A few careful cuts and a splash of paint will bring her to life. If you are a fan […]

by August 23, 2021 Special Issues, Whittling
Simple Folk Art Pumpkins

Simple Folk Art Pumpkins

Carve these simple pumpkins to go along with your Spooky Kris Kringle By Dave Francis Carve these fun, quick pumpkins from any size of block of basswood to go along with your Spooky Santa from our fall issue. The block in the video that I carve is made from a […]

by July 23, 2021 Fall Carving, Patterns & Projects
Patriotic Bear

Patriotic Bear

Celebrate the stars and stripes with a droll version of Uncle Sam By Mike Shipley As you can see, even the forest has its own Uncle Sam. If you prefer, though, you could choose a different color scheme and paint the bear to resemble Abe Lincoln, a leprechaun, or even […]

by June 2, 2021 eNews: Strop Talk, Patterns & Projects
Caricature Pirate Bust

Caricature Pirate Bust

This plumed pillager is better than buried treasure  By Jim Feather Step-by-step photos by Mike Mihalo Why sail the high seas when you could learn to carve this swashbuckling character at home? If you’re new to caricature, this is an excellent project to begin with. I designed him so the […]

by April 30, 2021 Patterns & Projects
BeaverCraft Beaver Santa

BeaverCraft Beaver Santa

Project courtesy of BeaverCraft   He’s jolly. He’s festive. And he has a beard! But this little guy isn’t your typical Santa Claus. Have fun carving BeaverCraft‘s cute and comical take on ol’ St. Nicholas. We provided the patterns and a video for you to see he’s carved from start […]

by October 23, 2020 Holiday Carving
Jack o’Phantom

Jack o’Phantom

By Floyd Rhadigan Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. It’s the one day a year you can be anyone or anything you want to be. We woodcarvers don’t want to be left out, so this pumpkin-headed ghost is my whimsical Halloween treat. Carving the Ghost This piece is not […]

Midnight Frolic

Midnight Frolic

Minimal line work sets a lunar tone in this frosty forest scene By Deborah Pompano   Full moon nights have a watchful, meditative quality to them. For me, this feeling is amplified in winter, when fallen snow muffles the small sounds typical of the forest. I’ve kept the burned lines […]

by July 28, 2020 Patterns & Projects