Patterns & Projects

Gold-Tooth Santa Ornament

Gold-Tooth Santa Ornament

Hate coloring your carvings? Ease into painting with a pattern and some simple tips By Carol Leavy (Get a second Santa pattern and see the full painting tutorial in Woodcarving Illustrated Winter 2018, Issue #85.) I love to carve Santas and get many questions about how I paint my carvings. I […]

by October 17, 2018 Holiday Carving
Pumpkin Man

Pumpkin Man

Quick-carve decoration looks great in any size By Donna Thomas As part of my annual Halloween carving projects one year, I developed a jointed pumpkin man. I use a larger version as a home decoration, but you can also reduce the pattern by at least 50% and make a pin […]

by July 5, 2018 Fall Carving, Patterns & Projects
Chip-Carved Wine Bottle Holder

Chip-Carved Wine Bottle Holder

Wow dinner guests with this intricate utensil-turned-art-piece By Marty Leenhouts This wine bottle holder will balance a bottle of wine and form an unusual and interesting centerpiece at your next dinner with guests. Add carving to it and now you’ve really got something to talk about! Carving and finishing this […]

by April 23, 2018 Patterns & Projects
Carving a Santa Whistle

Carving a Santa Whistle

Capture the sounds of summer all year long with this easy to carve Santa whistle By Roger Beane Whistles are easy to make—you just need a twig, a drill, and a knife. The fun and creativity come in when you start decorating your whistles. I use them to practice carving […]

by April 23, 2018 Holiday Carving, Patterns & Projects
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
Working Wooden Pliers

Working Wooden Pliers

Make a miniature tool with a sharp knife and a few careful cuts Based on a traditional design made famous by Ernest Warther The ability to make multiple interconnected parts from a single piece of wood is a whittler’s specialty—as evidenced by the popularity of chains and cages. These miniature […]

by February 8, 2018 Patterns & Projects, Whittling
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 […]