Patterns

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
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
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
Comedy Duo

Comedy Duo

Carvings pay homage to two real-life caricatures By Floyd Rhadigan Even as carvings, funny men Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are inseparable. You can’t have one without the other! And I hear their signature tune, “The Dance of the Cuckoos,” in my head every time I carve them. These carving […]

by November 23, 2015 Patterns, Projects
Spooky Halloween House

Spooky Halloween House

Adding scenery and a sky gives a bark house a whole new look By Bob Hershey One of my favorite things to carve is a themed bark house. Over the years I’ve created houses for Christmas, July 4th, and Thanksgiving, but my favorite houses are for Halloween. Cottonwood bark lends itself especially well to an eerie Halloween look. […]

by October 6, 2015 Patterns, Projects
Carving a Scarecrow

Carving a Scarecrow

New technique creates unique straw texture By Jim Hiser You can’t really call something a scarecrow if it’s not stuffed with straw. For years, I struggled to find a way to create the look of straw texture in wood. I finally found a way to create a straw-like texture that […]

by August 12, 2015 Patterns, Projects

WCI72 Bonus Patterns – Caricature Native Americans Bonus Patterns

By Don Dearolf In Woodcarving Illustrated Fall 2015 (Issue 72) we shared an article by the late Don Dearolf on carving caricature Native Americans. Below reference photos and bonus patterns for two more projects One Feather   Storm Buffalo DOWNLOADS: Storm Buffalo .pdf download One Feather .pdf download    

by August 11, 2015 Patterns
Ornaments with Attitude

Ornaments with Attitude

By Bob Yancey This year, I had a lot of fun adding faces to traditional Christmas objects, like stockings and candles. I made sure to give these caricatures some attitude! With a little pen work, it’s easy to customize these pieces with names, dates, or funny sayings. Carving the Ornaments […]

by November 25, 2014 Patterns, Projects
Low-Relief Animal Scenes

Low-Relief Animal Scenes

  Use these designs to carve gunstocks— or anything else! By Lora S. Irish Carving the stock can add personal value and beauty to a gun. No matter your skill level, Lora S. Irish’s new book, 35 Gunstock Carving Patterns, will help you embellish your gunstock and make it a family heirloom that will be […]

by August 11, 2014 Patterns