Seasonal Articles

Welcome Sign

Welcome Sign

Add a warm welcome to your seasonal signs By Betty Padden   This scroll-style sign looks great by itself, but can also add a warm welcome to your choice of seasonal banners. You could also change it up by typing your address or another message in a word processing program […]

Carving a Pumpkin Sign

Carving a Pumpkin Sign

  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 the pumpkin pattern.   Materials: Pine, 2″ (51mm) thick: 8 […]

by May 25, 2016 Fall Carving, Patterns, Projects
Realistic Rabbit

Realistic Rabbit

By Leah Goddard 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 past. […]

by March 1, 2016 Patterns, Projects, Spring Carving
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, Spring Carving
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 Patterns, Projects, Spring Carving
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 Holiday Carving, 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 Fall Carving, 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 Fall Carving, Patterns, Projects
Painting the Cottonwood Bark Santa

Painting the Cottonwood Bark Santa

Step-by-step instructions to paint this holiday favorite By Rick Jensen Many carvers struggle with painting. Here are more detailed instructions with step-by-step photos showing how I paint the Santa. Finishing the carving After the paint has dried, seal the piece with a few light coats of spray lacquer, allowing the […]

by November 27, 2014 Holiday Carving, 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 Holiday Carving, Patterns, Projects