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 Fall Carving, 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 Fall Carving, Patterns & Projects
Carving Caricature Native Americans

Carving Caricature Native Americans

Mix and match elements from different carvings to create a new look 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 are bonus patterns for two more projects. After I find a general pattern for […]

by August 11, 2015 Patterns & Projects
Painting the Cottonwood Bark Santa

Painting the Cottonwood Bark Santa

Step-by-step instructions to paint this holiday favorite By Rick Jensen Many carvers struggle with painting. Here are more detailed instructions with step-by-step photos showing how I paint the Santa. Finishing the carving After the paint has dried, seal the piece with a few light coats of spray lacquer, allowing the […]

by November 27, 2014 Holiday Carving, Patterns & Projects
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 Holiday Carving, 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 & Projects
Carving a Tulip Sign

Carving a Tulip Sign

These pretty tulips are a perfect sign of spring By Betty Padden   Use simple relief carving techniques to create a cheery spring sign. It looks great by itself on a wall, table,  bookcase, or above a door. Or, pair it with a welcome sign to create a warm message […]

Painting the Dragons in a Box

Painting the Dragons in a Box

Carved puzzle play set fits into a castle-shaped box By Carolea Hower My son, Kevin, has liked dragons from the time the television movie The Hobbit was produced. With several other puzzle designs completed, I decided to design a dragon puzzle for his birthday. Since I also carve and wanted […]

by May 22, 2014 Patterns & Projects
VW Bug Pinewood Derby Car

VW Bug Pinewood Derby Car

By Jon Deck In Pinewood Derby-Stlye Race Cars, Volume 3, Jon Deck demonstrates how to create a car that looks like a classic VW Bug. Attached below are the patterns you can transfer to decal paper to make your car even more realistic.   CLICK HERE to download the Decals Patterns. […]

by May 22, 2014 Patterns & Projects