Patterns & Projects

Carving Animals for Noah’s Ark

Carving Animals for Noah’s Ark

Power-carve an assortment of animals two by two By Tom Hindes Thousands of men and women have probably received a rotary tool as a gift and, not knowing what to do with it, put it in a drawer. This is unfortunate because you can use a rotary tool to have […]

by July 25, 2012 Patterns & Projects, Whittling
Creating a Log Picture Book

Creating a Log Picture Book

By Roy Ellery People can’t resist picking up my log books and looking through them. Sometimes I’ll write a story to accompany the scenes, but often I’ll just let the images tell a unique story to each viewer. After purchasing a new scroll saw, I needed to create something to […]

by April 22, 2012 Patterns & Projects
Carving a Caricature Beer Bottle Process Photos

Carving a Caricature Beer Bottle Process Photos

By Floyd Rhadigan A friend suggested I carve something on a wooden wine bottle. I’m not a wine drinker, so I made a sketch of a beer bottle and sent it to the guy who makes woodturned carving blanks for me. I carved a woman on a root beer bottle […]

by April 10, 2012 Patterns & Projects
Build a Dancing Santa

Build a Dancing Santa

Turn the crank to make this carving. While this Santa carving is nice by itself, the simple mechanism that turns it into an automaton makes it fun for people of all ages. Just turn the crank, and the simple mechanism rotates the santa and lifts him into the air. Scroll […]

by November 18, 2011 Holiday Carving, Videos
Whittling Little Folk – Pattern Correction

Whittling Little Folk – Pattern Correction

Harley Refsal’s new book, Whittling Little Folk, is receiving a lot of positive feedback from Woodcarving Illustrated readers. In addition to the compliments, readers shared that the pattern for Kristian on page 23 is incorrect, and the pattern for Lawrence on page 123 needs a few minor alterations. For Lawrence, […]

by August 15, 2011 News, Patterns & Projects
Carving Faces in Softballs

Carving Faces in Softballs

Polyurethane core is easy to carve and holds detail well By Terry Brasher Photography by Jay Brasher Several years ago I was hunting for driftwood with my mentor and friend, Vic Hood. On a sandy beach area (rare in Tennessee), I found a softball that had washed up on shore. […]

by July 29, 2011 Patterns & Projects
Super Simple Santa, Fisherman, Soldier Ornaments

Super Simple Santa, Fisherman, Soldier Ornaments

Faces are quick and easy when you hide the eyes By Don Worley Many people are familiar with the tiny biting insect called the no-see-um. I created a series of carvings I call no-see-ums because the eyes are hidden by hats or hair. Designed to eliminate the task of carving […]

by July 26, 2011 Holiday Carving, Patterns & Projects
Making a Lure Display Stand

Making a Lure Display Stand

By Lora S. Irish After you finish carving a lure, it can be difficult to display it. While a simple wire ornament stand, which can be found in most craft stores, can be used to display your lure, it’s a simple task to bend your wire of choice into a […]

by June 14, 2011 Patterns & Projects
Roly-Poly Bear

Roly-Poly Bear

Power carve this cute critter from a basswood egg By Keith Dalton These days, eggs don’t just hatch birds. I’ve found plenty of small furry creatures hiding inside wooden eggs. With a few bits, a rotary tool, and a woodburner, you can create your own collection of egg animals. While […]

by April 26, 2011 Patterns & Projects
Carving a Scandinavian-Style Troll Queen

Carving a Scandinavian-Style Troll Queen

Classic flat-plane design is a great beginner caricature By Harley Refsal Trolls are popular subjects from Scandinavian folklore. These fanciful creatures are ideal for carving in the flat-plane folk-art style, which originated in Scandinavia. This queen is the mate of the troll I carved in Woodcarving Illustrated Summer 2004 (Issue […]

by February 4, 2011 Patterns & Projects, Whittling