Projects

Carving a Simple Santa Ornament

Carving a Simple Santa Ornament

Simple project is perfect for teaching beginners or just fun for yourself! By Bob Kozakiewicz   You’ll need just a carving knife and a small V-tool to carve this easy St. Nick project. Because it uses only a few basic straight cuts, this piece is perfect for teaching new carvers. They will […]

by December 15, 2017 Holiday Carving, Projects
Quick and Cute Christmas Tree

Quick and Cute Christmas Tree

Transform a basswood egg into a simple tree just in time for Christmas By Lori Dickie   You should be able to carve this fun, cute, and quick Christmas tree almost as fast as you drew the pattern onto the turned Santa egg. Carving the Tree While carving it from […]

by December 12, 2017 Holiday Carving, Patterns, Projects
Carving Santa and Rudolph

Carving Santa and Rudolph

Your new chance to carve our very first Santa By David Sabol In many ways, it’s the iconic carving we compare all Santa projects to—the cover project of Woodcarving Illustrated Issue 1. This piece captures the whimsy and fun of carving, and the finishing technique leaves no question that it’s […]

by October 20, 2017 Holiday Carving, Projects
Carving a Mummy

Carving a Mummy

Fun and festive Halloween figure is easy to carve By Cyndi Joslyn Here’s a fun figure to decorate a tabletop or any surface you like. You can easily carve it in a few hours using just a few tools. It’s just as easy to paint. CLICK HERE to download the […]

by October 10, 2017 Fall Carving, Projects
Autumn Mouse Relief Carving

Autumn Mouse Relief Carving

Get started with your fall decorating with this fanciful relief carving pattern By Lora S. Irish This clever little critter is planning ahead for winter. Rummaging through the oak leaves, he’s picking up acorns and storing them away. Use this adorable pattern to decorate anything–and carve it in a few […]

by October 6, 2017 Fall Carving, Projects
Laughing Bear

Laughing Bear

Simple cuts add texture to this happy fellow by Jim Villars When I started getting requests for handcarved bears, I carved them using models and patterns. Those first attempts were so bad that the fireplace rejected them. I decided to create my own version, depicting a bear how I thought […]

by September 6, 2017 Projects
Sea Shell Paperweight

Sea Shell Paperweight

Simple relief seashell is a perfect project for summer By Cindy Joslyn This simple shell is a great way to commemorate a beach vacation. I use mine as a paperweight, and I include instructions for weighting it, but you could also carve the shell into a box top or even a mantle. […]

by July 6, 2017 Projects
Realistic Eagle Bust

Realistic Eagle Bust

Designed as a cane topper, this majestic eagle could easily be enlarged for a full-size carving By Pat Mikula Moore A cane head makes a great project for several reasons: it is small enough to hold in your hand; if you make a mistake, you haven’t ruined an entire cane; and […]

by June 13, 2017 Patterns, Projects
Fan-Tailed Hummingbird

Fan-Tailed Hummingbird

Learn the secrets that unlock this striking technique By Rick Wiebe   I learned the basic process of making wooden fan birds from books and magazine articles, and then developed my unique style and process by lots of trial, error, and practice. It does take practice to get good at […]

by May 3, 2017 Patterns, Projects
Paint Tote Case

Paint Tote Case

Build a simple but sturdy organizer for your paint collection By Dick Truesdell Like many woodcarvers, I have accumulated a sizeable collection of paint bottles. Storing, organizing, and transporting all of them to classes was difficult, so I decided to build this handy case. Done as a weekend project, I […]

by April 10, 2017 Projects, Shop Tips