Projects

Rolling Caricature Animals

Rolling Caricature Animals

Easy-to-carve critters are delightfully mobile By Desiree Hajny These lovable critters are a great way to introduce others to carving. They make great conversation starters. People can’t resist picking them up once they see them rolling down the table. They’re surprisingly easy to carve and after you get a feel […]

by January 29, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Teapot Clock

Teapot Clock

Charming clock with chip-carved details is perfect for the kitchen by Barry McKenzie This clock combines woodworking, woodcarving, and chip carving—for me it is the best of all three worlds! The shape comes from one of the teapots in my wife’s collection. The traditional carving on this piece is mainly […]

by January 29, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Chip Carved Letters

Chip Carved Letters

Simple block style is easy to carve by Barry McKenzie To carve letters, you once had to choose between buying specialized tools or spending a lot of time practicing difficult cuts. These letters are simple to carve. They use standard chip-carving cuts, and they require only one tool. These letters […]

by January 29, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Hand Carving a Simple Reindeer

Hand Carving a Simple Reindeer

Easy-to-carve deer is the perfect complement to your holiday display By Don Swartz Carve this rustic deer as a stand-alone project or size the pattern to create the perfect complement to your favorite carved Santa. Use twigs for the antlers to add to the rustic charm and simplify the carving […]

by January 27, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Holiday Memories Santa

Holiday Memories Santa

Quick and easy carving produces a functional display By Shawn Cipa This Santa project provides an ideal way to display your favorite holiday photo. It also makes a great gift for family and friends. The folk-style photo holder is an easy and fun-to-do design that is perfect for beginners, and […]

by January 24, 2010 Projects
Realistic Skin Tones and Practice Walking Stick Topper Patterns

Realistic Skin Tones and Practice Walking Stick Topper Patterns

Simple mixtures and techniques to create a variety of flesh colors By Lora S. Irish While there are a variety of pre-mixed paints to simulate different skin tones, I prefer to mix my own. That gives me complete control over the colors, highlights, and shadows. It also allows me to […]

by January 24, 2010 Projects
Candy Cane Squirrel Ornament

Candy Cane Squirrel Ornament

Woodburned details and dry brushing bring this cute critter to life By Leah Goddard Given the right circumstances, realistic wildlife carvings make great holiday ornaments. I created this squirrel holding a candy cane to combine my interest in realistic wildlife with whimsical situations. Carve this piece out of a solid block […]

by January 17, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Hillbilly Chess Set

Hillbilly Chess Set

Stage your own backwoods battle with patterns for a complete chess set By Mitchell Cartledge Most of my carvings tend to be small so I can move from an idea to a finished piece relatively quickly. After creating a few typical hillbilly caricatures, they took on a life of their […]

by January 17, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Quilt Patterns Inspire Chip-carved Coasters

Quilt Patterns Inspire Chip-carved Coasters

Classic geometric designs embellish this useful caddy By Barry McKenzie Learning to convert a variety of patterns into chip-carving patterns will open up a whole new world of opportunities. Nearly any image can be converted into a free-form chip-carving pattern, but quilt patterns are especially well-suited for geometric chip-carved designs. […]

by January 17, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Carving a Traditional Lovespoon

Carving a Traditional Lovespoon

Classic heart design is a great project for novice carvers By David Western This simple design is the pattern I use with beginner carvers in my lovespoon carving classes. Although it is a straightforward design, it contains several elements that will assist new carvers in learning important carving techniques. Shaping […]

by January 16, 2010 Patterns, Projects