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
Carving a Tulip Sign

Carving a Tulip Sign

These pretty tulips are a perfect sign of spring By Betty Padden   Use simple relief carving techniques to create a cheery spring sign. It looks great by itself on a wall, table,  bookcase, or above a door. Or, pair it with a welcome sign to create a warm message […]

by May 22, 2014 Patterns, Projects, Spring Carving
Folk-Art Fish Keychain Holder

Folk-Art Fish Keychain Holder

Create a matching keychain holder for all of your carved fish keychains. By John Reichling In the Woodcarving Illustrated Summer 2013 (Issue 63), John Reichling demonstrated how to carve a folk-art fish keychain. He also provided this keychain holder. To make the holder, cut the outline of the design and […]

by April 25, 2013 Patterns, Projects, Spring Carving
Heartfelt Door Topper

Heartfelt Door Topper

Add a meaningful message to a door topper By Betty Padden In Woodcarving Illustrated Spring 2013 (Issue 62), Betty Padden demonstrated how to carve and paint a door topper that features a rural house scene. We’ve included instructions to carve and paint a matching text bar to go along with the […]

by February 7, 2013 Patterns, Projects, Spring Carving
Ribbon and Flowers Frames

Ribbon and Flowers Frames

This romantic frame makes a meaningful gift for a loved one By Mike Davies Shapes, symbols, and objects can be brought together to tell stories, and as woodcarvers we have the opportunity to capture these stories in our work. This picture frame in the shape of a heart, bound with […]

by February 1, 2011 Patterns, Projects, Spring Carving
Whittle a Flying Propeller

Whittle a Flying Propeller

Quick and easy project is perfect for beginners By Rick Wiebe This simple project doesn’t take a long time to finish, can be made with almost any stick of wood, and kids can play with it as soon as it’s complete. I use white pine, but other soft woods, such […]

by March 2, 2010 Projects, Spring Carving
Relief Carve a Magical Fairy Door

Relief Carve a Magical Fairy Door

Quick and easy project comes alive with vivid colors By Christina White These whimsical doors are ideal for beginners or experienced carvers looking for a break from larger projects. Young children will enjoy adding the brightly painted finish and older children can carve their very own door. Carve several doors […]

by March 1, 2010 Patterns, Projects, Spring Carving
Dogwood Floral Egg

Dogwood Floral Egg

This practice egg is an ideal first project for beginners and a beneficial exercise for experienced carvers By Jean Boyd This practice egg is the first project that I teach my beginning students. While it appears to be simple, and repetitive work is required to get the shape, you also […]

by February 7, 2010 Patterns, Projects, Spring Carving
Handcarved Magnets Pattern

Handcarved Magnets Pattern

Functional floral decorations are a lesson in traditional carving techniques By Fred Wilbur These nature-themed designs are a wonderful way to hone your skills. They make delightful gifts and add a touch of Gothic flair wherever they are displayed. Be warned–the carved magnets may attract more attention than the pictures […]

by January 13, 2010 Patterns, Projects, Spring Carving