Patterns & Projects

Whittling with Chris: Making a Letter Opener

Whittling with Chris: Making a Letter Opener

Whittle your first project! Versatile letter opener can also be a fork, jam spreader, or pickle poker   You’ve found some branches, chosen a knife, and shaped and sharpened the blade. It’s time to carve! Chris Lubkemann’s favorite first project is a versatile letter opener. You’ll learn how to shape […]

by November 9, 2017 Videos, Whittling, Whittling with Chris
Whittling with Chris: Sharpening a Knife

Whittling with Chris: Sharpening a Knife

Learn how to sharpen a knife for safe, easy whittling   A sharp knife is a safe knife. That might not seem logical, but it’s true. You will have much greater control over a sharp knife, and be able to push it much more gently through the wood, than you […]

by November 9, 2017 Videos, Whittling, Whittling with Chris
Whittling with Chris: Shaping a Knife

Whittling with Chris: Shaping a Knife

Learn how to shape your knife’s blade for whittling   To carve small twigs and tight spaces, Chris Lubkemann recommends reshaping the blade of your knife to give it more of a point.  In order to make the curls that decorate Chris’s roosters, flowers, trees, and other designs, you’ll also […]

by October 31, 2017 Videos, Whittling, Whittling with Chris
Whittling with Chris: Selecting a Knife

Whittling with Chris: Selecting a Knife

Learn what makes the perfect pocketknife   You can whittle with almost any knife, but some will make it more fun and comfortable than others. Get advice on picking the perfect pocketknife from the expert whittler Chris Lubkemann. He’ll tell you which blades you need (and which ones you don’t) […]

by October 31, 2017 Videos, Whittling, Whittling with Chris
Realistic Santa Carvings

Realistic Santa Carvings

Intricate details and interesting poses add life to these realistic Santa carvings  By Dylan Goodson With any carving, it’s important to get the overall anatomy correct. But for me, the fun comes when it’s time to add details. I prefer realistic carvings because I can really add as much detail […]

by October 25, 2017 Features, Holiday Carving
Carving Santa and Rudolph

Carving Santa and Rudolph

Your new chance to carve our very first Santa By David Sabol In many ways, it’s the iconic carving we compare all Santa projects to—the cover project of Woodcarving Illustrated Issue 1. This piece captures the whimsy and fun of carving, and the finishing technique leaves no question that it’s […]

by October 20, 2017 Holiday Carving, Patterns & Projects
Carving Cigar Box Lids

Carving Cigar Box Lids

Create a one-of-a-kind gift by upcycling wooden cigar boxes By Desiree Hajny Most good cigars come in Spanish cedar boxes, and Spanish cedar is a great wood for carving. So, why not embellish a cigar box with a carving to transform it into a wonderful keepsake box. When carving the […]

by October 20, 2017 Patterns & Projects
Carving a Mummy

Carving a Mummy

Fun and festive Halloween figure is easy to carve By Cyndi Joslyn Here’s a fun figure to decorate a tabletop or any surface you like. You can easily carve it in a few hours using just a few tools. It’s just as easy to paint. CLICK HERE to download the […]

by October 10, 2017 Fall Carving, Patterns & Projects
Autumn Mouse Relief Carving

Autumn Mouse Relief Carving

Get started with your fall decorating with this fanciful relief carving pattern By Lora S. Irish This clever little critter is planning ahead for winter. Rummaging through the oak leaves, he’s picking up acorns and storing them away. Use this adorable pattern to decorate anything–and carve it in a few […]

by October 6, 2017 Fall Carving, Patterns & Projects
Laughing Bear

Laughing Bear

Simple cuts add texture to this happy fellow by Jim Villars When I started getting requests for handcarved bears, I carved them using models and patterns. Those first attempts were so bad that the fireplace rejected them. I decided to create my own version, depicting a bear how I thought […]

by September 6, 2017 Patterns & Projects