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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
Interchangeable Welcome Sign

Interchangeable Welcome Sign

In Woodcarving Illustrated Spring 2014 (Issue 66), Woodcarving Illustrated Fall 2014 (Issue 68), and Woodcarving Illustrated Holiday 2014 (Issue 69), Betty Padden demonstrated how to paint seasonal signs. As a bonus, we’ve provided a downloadable pdf of the interchangeable welcome sign pattern.   CLICK HERE to download the welcome sign pattern! CLICK HERE to view the […]

by May 25, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Carving a Snowman Sign Bonus

Carving a Snowman Sign Bonus

Before you can paint the sign, you need to carve it. In Woodcarving Illustrated Holiday 2014 (Issue 69), Betty Padden demonstrated how to paint a snowman with acrylic paints. In order to paint the carving exactly as Betty did, we’ve provided a downloadable pdf with step-by-step photos of how to carve the snowman along with […]

by May 25, 2016 Projects
Carving a Pumpkin Sign Bonus

Carving a Pumpkin Sign Bonus

Before you can paint the sign, you need to carve it. In Woodcarving Illustrated Fall 2014 (Issue 68), Betty Padden demonstrated how to paint pumpkins with latex paints. In order to paint the carving exactly as Betty did, we’ve provided a downloadable pdf with step-by-step photos of how to carve the pumpkins and […]

by May 25, 2016 Projects
Frog Eye Plate Saves the Day

Frog Eye Plate Saves the Day

by Jo Schwartz Transform an ugly pine plate into a pretty piece of pyrography Pine is great for many craft projects, but it is not ideal for pyrography. Its grain alternates between being very hard and very soft, and becomes sappy in spots when subjected to heat. However, you might […]

by March 4, 2016 Projects
Realistic Rabbit

Realistic Rabbit

By Leah Wachter Rabbits  are undeniably cute and gentle creatures. They are quick and ever alert, which probably has something to do with their low position on the food-chain. This was made most apparent to me one day while I was sitting outside my home, and a rabbit came racing […]

by March 1, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Stylish Birdhouse

Stylish Birdhouse

By Barry McKenzie With the classically shingled roof and brilliant, stylized chip carving, you might be hesitant to hang this birdhouse outdoors. But returning songbirds will reward your generosity with their cheerful presence. The birdhouse is fairly simple to construct. In fact, over 50 of them were completed by students […]

by March 1, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Carving a Wren in the Round

Carving a Wren in the Round

By Chris Pye Carving in the round means exactly that: carving the subject completely three dimensionally. You can view the carving from any direction. In some ways, in-the-round carving is easier than relief because the perspectives and proportions will be true. Relief carving often needs distortion or perspective to allow […]

by March 1, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Personalized Celtic Love Spoon

Personalized Celtic Love Spoon

By Jim Gledhill Because of the rich Scots/Irish heritage in my Canadian community, I receive many commissions for gift items like Celtic crosses, and love spoons. To streamline my work, I create hard patterns to use as templates. Once the basic template is created, I can easily personalize the piece […]

by March 1, 2016 Patterns, Projects