Patterns

Little Black Duck

Little Black Duck

Handtools bring intimacy to a full-bodied piece of folk art By Bob Buyer Many of my students enjoy the little black duck project. A full-bodied yet miniature decoy, this duck can be carved with just the essential anatomical features of eyes, bill details, and slightly raised primaries, making it a […]

by February 7, 2010 Patterns, Projects
The Cat’s Meow Refrigerator Magnet

The Cat’s Meow Refrigerator Magnet

Your fridge will be the cat’s meow with this adorable fridge magnet Design by David Sabol Refrigerator magnets are popular craft items, particularly those that are carved. I enjoy felines, especially when they’re up to some mischief. Going after a goldfish fits the bill. A piece of 3/4″ (19mm)-thick white […]

by February 7, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Bald Eagle Portrait

Bald Eagle Portrait

An artistic presentation flows easily with rotary bits and a good paint job By Wanda Marsh The American bald eagle is a joy to carve. An enduring and majestic symbol of freedom, the bird captures our attention whether we see it in flight or sculpturally presented at a carving show […]

by February 7, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Extreme Pumpkin Carving

Extreme Pumpkin Carving

This October, showcase your carving skills with something special for Halloween Here are ten hot tips for people using woodcarving tools to relief-carve a pumpkin: 1. For most pumpkin carvings, select a tall, elongated pumpkin because it is easier to develop the pitch of the face in the horizontal plane. […]

by February 7, 2010 Fall Carving, Patterns, Projects
Carving a Caricature Colt

Carving a Caricature Colt

Simple stylized horse is easy to carve By Floyd Rhadigan This adorable little colt only requires a few tools to complete. Novice carvers can expect excellent results in a relatively short period of time and more experienced carvers can finish the project in a single day.  My first carving project […]

by February 4, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Saint Nick Cane Topper

Saint Nick Cane Topper

Carve and paint this great holiday gift in a weekend By Phil Bishop This great topper can be customized for a variety of uses. Reduce the pattern to make a bottle stopper—the perfect gift for wine enthusiasts. Because of their size, cane toppers make great weekend projects. The small investments […]

by February 2, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Rolling Caricature Animals

Rolling Caricature Animals

Easy-to-carve critters are delightfully mobile By Desiree Hajny These lovable critters are a great way to introduce others to carving. They make great conversation starters. People can’t resist picking them up once they see them rolling down the table. They’re surprisingly easy to carve and after you get a feel […]

by January 29, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Teapot Clock

Teapot Clock

Charming clock with chip-carved details is perfect for the kitchen by Barry McKenzie This clock combines woodworking, woodcarving, and chip carving—for me it is the best of all three worlds! The shape comes from one of the teapots in my wife’s collection. The traditional carving on this piece is mainly […]

by January 29, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Chip Carved Letters

Chip Carved Letters

Simple block style is easy to carve by Barry McKenzie To carve letters, you once had to choose between buying specialized tools or spending a lot of time practicing difficult cuts. These letters are simple to carve. They use standard chip-carving cuts, and they require only one tool. These letters […]

by January 29, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Hand Carving a Simple Reindeer

Hand Carving a Simple Reindeer

Easy-to-carve deer is the perfect complement to your holiday display By Don Swartz Carve this rustic deer as a stand-alone project or size the pattern to create the perfect complement to your favorite carved Santa. Use twigs for the antlers to add to the rustic charm and simplify the carving […]

by January 27, 2010 Holiday Carving, Patterns, Projects