Patterns & Projects

Pumpkin Carver Extraordinaire

Pumpkin Carver Extraordinaire

Lundy Cupp carves amazing portraits in pumpkins By Taylor Calta Lundy Cupp accidentally discovered his talent for carving in 2005. “I was relaxing in the woods at my fire pit one evening, winding down from the stress of being a criminal fraud investigator, and picked up a piece of wood […]

by September 23, 2016 Fall Carving, Features
Tiny Fall Leaf Tiles

Tiny Fall Leaf Tiles

By Cyndi Joslyn These little relief carvings are surprisingly simple to carve and paint. They make an ideal project for beginners and are a lovely diversion from more advanced projects. I originally intended to use the tiles as a border on a turned wooden bowl, but the more I worked […]

by August 30, 2016 Fall Carving, Patterns & Projects
Easy Folk Art Fox

Easy Folk Art Fox

By Tim Jumper You’ll need just two knives and a couple of colors to create this folk art fox. He’s fun for Fall decorating or as a toy. INSTRUCTIONS: Band saw the wood for the body. Sand the bottom smooth. Incise the leg lines on the sides and on the front. Use either a knife […]

by August 30, 2016 Patterns & Projects
Hen and Rooster

Hen and Rooster

Hen Relief Column By Lora S. Irish I was carving the hen board and really got carried away with the detailing.I had meant the piece to be a simple, fairly smooth, folk art styled piece but I, as always, just had to fuss it up a bit…a real big bit. To […]

by July 10, 2016 Patterns & Projects
Catch and Release

Catch and Release

By Gary Fenton Not only does it make a great gift for that angler on your list, but it’s also a great way to texturing carvings with just a few tools. After the carving is roughed-out, the details and texturing is done with only three tools. Carving the Bear and Fish […]

by July 9, 2016 Patterns & Projects
Custom Candy Dishes

Custom Candy Dishes

Create these candy dishes for carved or real candy By Jack Proseilo One way to show off your carving skills is with seasonal candy dishes. These easy-to-carve designs can easily be completed in a weekend. Cut around the perimeter, hollow the inside using your tools of choice, and carve as […]

Carve Soap! It’s cheap, easy, and good clean fun!

Carve Soap! It’s cheap, easy, and good clean fun!

Carving a Dog from Soap By Barbara Millikan Soap is often the first material kids (and even some adults) carve. Soap is firm but soft, widely available, and inexpensive. It doesn’t have grain and can be carved with just about anything. I designed this dog pattern and cartoon instructions, along […]

by July 7, 2016 Patterns & Projects
How to Paint the Wise Wizard

How to Paint the Wise Wizard

Set the stage for any older character with these easy painting techniques By Mike Pounders. This wizard may be small in size, but he is big on detail! So much detail in fact, we simply couldn’t fit everything in Woodcarving Illustrated Summer/Fall 2016 (Issue 76). While full carving instructions are […]

by July 7, 2016 Patterns & Projects
Welcome Sign

Welcome Sign

Add a warm welcome to your seasonal signs By Betty Padden   This scroll-style sign looks great by itself, but can also add a warm welcome to your choice of seasonal banners. You could also change it up by typing your address or another message in a word processing program […]

Carving a Snowman Sign

Carving a Snowman Sign

Betty Padden demonstrated how to paint a snowman with acrylic paints in Woodcarving Illustrated Holiday 2014 (Issue 69). In order to paint the carving exactly as Betty did, we’ve provided a downloadable pdf with step-by-step photos of how to carve the snowman along with the snowman pattern.   Materials: Basswood blank, 2″ (51mm) thick: 8 […]