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Projects from Coloring Books

Projects from Coloring Books

The coloring fad has a side benefit: the designs are great for woodworking, too! By Mindy Kinsey We’ve all heard the buzz: adults are reclaiming their inner kid by coloring. Thousands of coloring books designed for adults have been released in the past two years, and rumor has it the […]

by February 8, 2017 News, Patterns, Projects
Perpetual Calendar

Perpetual Calendar

Customize this calendar with carved decorations and date tiles Original design by Paul Meisel Adapted design and carving by Andy DiPace For years, I’ve wanted to make a perpetual calendar. Each month, you set the days, and you can add tiles to represent holidays, birthdays, or appointments. A few years […]

by February 8, 2017 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

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
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