Projects

Fantasy Pastry Crimper

Fantasy Pastry Crimper

Recreate this historic functional folk-art design By Mike Bloomquist A couple of years ago, I saw a photo of a pastry crimper that was carved from wood. Its handle was in the form of a hippocampus (front end of a horse, rear end of a fish), and it had an […]

by February 8, 2017 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
Folk-Art Shield Designs

Folk-Art Shield Designs

Use these shields to embellish a chess set or many other projects By Vernon DePauw I originally designed these shields for the knights, pawns, and board of a folk-art chess set. (The patterns are in the Spring 2017 issue of Woodcarving Illustrated.) However, you can easily adapt these shields to create a […]

by February 8, 2017 Patterns, 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 Patterns, 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 Patterns, Projects
Carving a Chickadee Ornament

Carving a Chickadee Ornament

This winter bird dresses up your holiday tree By Jim Willis Although geese and partridges are probably the birds most associated with Christmas, you can really add any bird you want to this simple wreath ornament. I like chickadees, so I added one to this wreath. But, it doesn’t take […]

by November 2, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Carving a Snowman Ornament

Carving a Snowman Ornament

This jolly snowman won’t melt after the holidays By Jim Willis We’ve all heard the song “Frosty the Snowman” about a “jolly, happy soul with a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal.” I haven’t carved many snowmen, but the song inspired me to […]

by November 2, 2016 Patterns, 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 Fall Carving, 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