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Projects from Coloring Books

Projects from Coloring Books

The coloring fad has a side benefit: the designs are great for woodworking, too! By Mindy Kinsey We’ve all heard the buzz: adults are reclaiming their inner kid by coloring. Thousands of coloring books designed for adults have been released in the past two years, and rumor has it the […]

by February 8, 2017 News, Patterns, Projects
Fantasy Pastry Crimper

Fantasy Pastry Crimper

Recreate this historic functional folk-art design By Mike Bloomquist A couple of years ago, I saw a photo of a pastry crimper that was carved from wood. Its handle was in the form of a hippocampus (front end of a horse, rear end of a fish), and it had an […]

by February 8, 2017 Patterns
Folk-Art Shield Designs

Folk-Art Shield Designs

Use these shields to embellish a chess set or many other projects By Vernon DePauw I originally designed these shields for the knights, pawns, and board of a folk-art chess set. (The patterns are in the Spring 2017 issue of Woodcarving Illustrated.) However, you can easily adapt these shields to create a […]

by February 8, 2017 Patterns
Carving a Chickadee Ornament

Carving a Chickadee Ornament

This winter bird dresses up your holiday tree By Jim Willis Although geese and partridges are probably the birds most associated with Christmas, you can really add any bird you want to this simple wreath ornament. I like chickadees, so I added one to this wreath. But, it doesn’t take […]

by November 2, 2016 News, Patterns
Carving a Snowman Ornament

Carving a Snowman Ornament

This jolly snowman won’t melt after the holidays By Jim Willis We’ve all heard the song “Frosty the Snowman” about a “jolly, happy soul with a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal.” I haven’t carved many snowmen, but the song inspired me to […]

by November 2, 2016 Patterns
Tiny Fall Leaf Tiles

Tiny Fall Leaf Tiles

By Cyndi Joslyn These little relief carvings are surprisingly simple to carve and paint. They make an ideal project for beginners and are a lovely diversion from more advanced projects. I originally intended to use the tiles as a border on a turned wooden bowl, but the more I worked […]

by August 30, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Easy Folk Art Fox

Easy Folk Art Fox

By Tim Jumper You’ll need just two knives and a couple of colors to create this folk art fox. He’s fun for Fall decorating or as a toy. INSTRUCTIONS: Band saw the wood for the body. Sand the bottom smooth. Incise the leg lines on the sides and on the front. Use either a knife […]

by August 30, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Hen and Rooster

Hen and Rooster

Hen Relief Column By Lora S. Irish I was carving the hen board and really got carried away with the detailing.I had meant the piece to be a simple, fairly smooth, folk art styled piece but I, as always, just had to fuss it up a bit…a real big bit. To […]

by July 10, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Catch and Release

Catch and Release

Catch and Release  By Gary Fenton Not only does it make a great gift for that angler on your list, but it’s also a great way to texturing carvings with just a few tools. After the carving is roughed-out, the details and texturing is done with only three tools. Carving […]

by July 9, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Custom Candy Dishes

Custom Candy Dishes

Create these candy dishes for carved or real candy By Jack Proseilo One way to show off your carving skills is with seasonal candy dishes. These easy-to-carve designs can easily be completed in a weekend. Cut around the perimeter, hollow the inside using your tools of choice, and carve as […]

by July 7, 2016 Patterns