Patterns

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 Patterns, Projects
Candy Cane Squirrel Ornament

Candy Cane Squirrel Ornament

Woodburned details and dry brushing bring this cute critter to life By Leah Goddard Given the right circumstances, realistic wildlife carvings make great holiday ornaments. I created this squirrel holding a candy cane to combine my interest in realistic wildlife with whimsical situations. Carve this piece out of a solid block […]

by January 17, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Hillbilly Chess Set

Hillbilly Chess Set

Stage your own backwoods battle with patterns for a complete chess set By Mitchell Cartledge Most of my carvings tend to be small so I can move from an idea to a finished piece relatively quickly. After creating a few typical hillbilly caricatures, they took on a life of their […]

by January 17, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Quilt Patterns Inspire Chip-carved Coasters

Quilt Patterns Inspire Chip-carved Coasters

Classic geometric designs embellish this useful caddy By Barry McKenzie Learning to convert a variety of patterns into chip-carving patterns will open up a whole new world of opportunities. Nearly any image can be converted into a free-form chip-carving pattern, but quilt patterns are especially well-suited for geometric chip-carved designs. […]

by January 17, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Carving a Traditional Lovespoon

Carving a Traditional Lovespoon

Classic heart design is a great project for novice carvers By David Western This simple design is the pattern I use with beginner carvers in my lovespoon carving classes. Although it is a straightforward design, it contains several elements that will assist new carvers in learning important carving techniques. Shaping […]

by January 16, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Happy Christmas Gnome

Happy Christmas Gnome

Easy beginner character can be carved as Santa’s helper or a garden gnome By Ross Oar This happy fellow started out as a project in a beginner’s carving class. The compact figure is easy to carve, but provides essential practice in carving faces and texturing hair. Intermediate and advanced carvers […]

by January 13, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Handcarved Magnets Pattern

Handcarved Magnets Pattern

Functional floral decorations are a lesson in traditional carving techniques By Fred Wilbur These nature-themed designs are a wonderful way to hone your skills. They make delightful gifts and add a touch of Gothic flair wherever they are displayed. Be warned–the carved magnets may attract more attention than the pictures […]

by January 13, 2010 Patterns, Projects