Projects

Acanthus Candle Holder

Acanthus Candle Holder

A project to Brighten Your Evening By Phillip Odden As the seasons change and the weather gets colder, my wife and I spend more time inside. With fewer hours of daylight, a nicely carved candle holder makes a room feel cozy during the evenings. The carving can grace a dining […]

by January 13, 2017 Projects
Perky Snowman

Perky Snowman

Brighten up a dreary day with this whimsical winter character By Rod Leeseberg This snowman begs to be brought out of a piece of wood. Add a cheerfully colored scarf, stocking hat, and mittens and you’ll achieve a figure that will have your friends grinning with admiration. Perch a snowy […]

by January 13, 2017 Projects
Halloween Poll Results

Halloween Poll Results

Thanks to everyone who voted in our poll about Halloween. Even this small sampling confirmed our feeling that people love this holiday! We’ll definitely plan more–but not too many–spooky projects for 2018! Scroll down to see the results. Didn’t get to vote? Click here to add your thoughts! What do […]

by August 30, 2016 Features, Projects
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 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

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 […]

by July 9, 2016 Patterns, Projects

Carving a Locomotive Steam Engine Inside a cage

Use hand tools to make this moving locomotive replica in a cage By Joseph A. Savarese In 2014, my friend gave me an exciting carving challenge: create a personalized carving for his five-year-old son, Timothy. Knowing he liked trains, I wanted to incorporate that into the design as well as […]

by July 7, 2016 Projects
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 […]

by July 7, 2016 Projects