Projects

Carving the Ark Accessories

Carving the Ark Accessories

Take your scene or play set from average to stunning by adding accessories By Betty Padden When you’re making any sort of carved scene, carefully planned accessories take the scene from good to great. That’s especially true for a Noah’s Ark scene. While I took some liberties with the accessories–Noah […]

by January 21, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Turning Cutoffs into Projects

Turning Cutoffs into Projects

Instead of tossing large pieces of scrap, let your imagination loose and turn these unusual blanks into functional door stops By Barbara Milliken When I made a Wolf’s Head Stapler Cover (see Woodcarving Illustrated Winter/Spring 2016, Issue 74), I bought a 4″ by 4″ by 8″ (10.2cm by 10.2cm by 20.3) […]

by January 21, 2016 Projects
Personalizing Your Tool Box

Personalizing Your Tool Box

Ideas to carve, paint, and decorate your toolbox By Rev. Jim Paulson You can pick any font to personalize or monogram your tool box (or any other box for that matter). I like the look of  a classic Old English font. You can easily find fonts for free online, but […]

by January 20, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Valentine’s Hearts

Valentine’s Hearts

Fast to carve for last minute gifts By Cyndi Joslyn Hearts have long been a symbol of love and Valentine’s Day. These hearts can be carved and painted in less than an hour. In most cases, it takes longer for the paint to dry than it takes to carve and […]

by January 15, 2016 Projects
Cowboy Hat Ornament

Cowboy Hat Ornament

Power-carve a perfect hat ornament in a few hours By Keoma McCaffrey This cowboy hat ornament will look great on your Christmas tree. Download the step-by-step article and and pattern below.   Materials: • Pine, 23/4″ x 21/2″ x 11/2″ (70mm x 64mm x 38mm) • Sanding sponge: medium/fine grit […]

by November 27, 2015 Projects
Chip-Carved Tea Box

Chip-Carved Tea Box

A unique way to store and serve a common beverage By Marty Leenhouts Tea is the second most widely consumed drink around the world, after water. If you aren’t a tea drinker, you surely know someone who is. Storing several varieties of tea separately in the cupboard is messy and […]

by November 27, 2015 Patterns, Projects
Comedy Duo

Comedy Duo

Carvings pay homage to two real-life caricatures By Floyd Rhadigan Even as carvings, funny men Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are inseparable. You can’t have one without the other! And I hear their signature tune, “The Dance of the Cuckoos,” in my head every time I carve them. These carving […]

by November 23, 2015 Patterns, Projects
Spooky Halloween House

Spooky Halloween House

Adding scenery and a sky gives a bark house a whole new look By Bob Hershey One of my favorite things to carve is a themed bark house. Over the years I’ve created houses for Christmas, July 4th, and Thanksgiving, but my favorite houses are for Halloween. Cottonwood bark lends itself especially well to an eerie Halloween look. […]

by October 6, 2015 Patterns, Projects
Carving a Scarecrow

Carving a Scarecrow

New technique creates unique straw texture By Jim Hiser You can’t really call something a scarecrow if it’s not stuffed with straw. For years, I struggled to find a way to create the look of straw texture in wood. I finally found a way to create a straw-like texture that […]

by August 12, 2015 Patterns, Projects
Ornaments with Attitude

Ornaments with Attitude

By Bob Yancey This year, I had a lot of fun adding faces to traditional Christmas objects, like stockings and candles. I made sure to give these caricatures some attitude! With a little pen work, it’s easy to customize these pieces with names, dates, or funny sayings. Carving the Ornaments […]

by November 25, 2014 Patterns, Projects