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Stylish Birdhouse

Stylish Birdhouse

By Barry McKenzie With the classically shingled roof and brilliant, stylized chip carving, you might be hesitant to hang this birdhouse outdoors. But returning songbirds will reward your generosity with their cheerful presence. The birdhouse is fairly simple to construct. In fact, over 50 of them were completed by students […]

by March 1, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Carving a Wren in the Round

Carving a Wren in the Round

By Chris Pye Carving in the round means exactly that: carving the subject completely three dimensionally. You can view the carving from any direction. In some ways, in-the-round carving is easier than relief because the perspectives and proportions will be true. Relief carving often needs distortion or perspective to allow […]

by March 1, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Personalized Celtic Lovespoon

Personalized Celtic Lovespoon

By Jim Gledhill Because of the rich Scots/Irish heritage in my Canadian community, I receive many commissions for gift items like Celtic crosses, and lovespoons. To streamline my work, I create hard patterns to use as templates. Once the basic template is created, I can easily personalize the piece or […]

by March 1, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Carving a Traditional Love Spoon

Carving a Traditional Love Spoon

By David Western This simple design is the pattern I use with beginner carvers in my love spoon carving classes. Although it is a straightforward design, it contains several elements that will assist new carvers in learning important carving techniques. Shaping the abundant curved edges will vividly illustrate the importance […]

by February 9, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Carving the Ark Accessories

Carving the Ark Accessories

Take your scene or play set from average to stunning by adding accessories By Betty Padden When you’re making any sort of carved scene, carefully planned accessories take the scene from good to great. That’s especially true for a Noah’s Ark scene. While I took some liberties with the accessories–Noah […]

by January 21, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Personalizing Your Tool Box

Personalizing Your Tool Box

Ideas to carve, paint, and decorate your toolbox By Rev. Jim Paulson You can pick any font to personalize or monogram your tool box (or any other box for that matter). I like the look of  a classic Old English font. You can easily find fonts for free online, but […]

by January 20, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Valentine’s Hearts

Valentine’s Hearts

Fast to carve for last minute gifts By Cyndi Joslyn Hearts have long been a symbol of love and Valentine’s Day. These hearts can be carved and painted in less than an hour. In most cases, it takes longer for the paint to dry than it takes to carve and […]

by January 15, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Puffin Pattern

Puffin Pattern

                  Pattern by Gordon and Marsha Stiller Three species are referred to as the puffin; two live in the northern Pacific Ocean and one lives in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Puffins have predominately black and white plumage, a stocky build, and large […]

by November 27, 2015 Patterns, Projects
Cowboy Hat Ornament

Cowboy Hat Ornament

Power-carve a perfect hat ornament in a few hours By Keoma McCaffrey This cowboy hat ornament will look great on your Christmas tree. Download the step-by-step article and and pattern below.   Materials: • Pine, 23/4″ x 21/2″ x 11/2″ (70mm x 64mm x 38mm) • Sanding sponge: medium/fine grit […]

by November 27, 2015 Patterns, Projects
Chip-Carved Tea Box

Chip-Carved Tea Box

A unique way to store and serve a common beverage By Marty Leenhouts Tea is the second most widely consumed drink around the world, after water. If you aren’t a tea drinker, you surely know someone who is. Storing several varieties of tea separately in the cupboard is messy and […]

by November 27, 2015 Patterns, Projects