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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
Teaching Kids to Carve

Teaching Kids to Carve

Jim Calder’s sweet potato faces make carving easy By Kathleen Ryan For Jim Calder, teaching kids to carve is a win-win situation. He enjoys it so much, he has taught more than 3,000 children the basics of woodcarving–for free. “I just love to see children carve for the first time […]

by January 16, 2010 Features
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
Canes with a Theme

Canes with a Theme

By Ayleen Stellhorn “I guess I do just about everything backwards,” laughs Hershal Borders. But for this Middletown, Ohio, resident, “backwards” may well be the key to his growing notoriety as canemaker-extraordinaire.“I start with a block of basswood and a pattern, which is a little backwards from the way most […]

by January 14, 2010 Features, Techniques
Happy Christmas Gnome

Happy Christmas Gnome

Easy beginner character can be carved as Santa’s helper or a garden gnome By Ross Oar This happy fellow started out as a project in a beginner’s carving class. The compact figure is easy to carve, but provides essential practice in carving faces and texturing hair. Intermediate and advanced carvers […]

by January 13, 2010 Patterns, Projects
Adding Subtle Color to Any Carving

Adding Subtle Color to Any Carving

Roughing and dry-brushing techniques add life to your carving without overpowering the wood By Lora S. Irish I use stain, oil paint, and acrylic paint to enhance projects without obscuring the wood grain. To demonstrate these techniques I chose this fun wood spirit, whom I call Woodie, that is carved […]

by January 13, 2010 Projects, Techniques
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

Carving Custom Light-switch Covers

My idea for carved light-switch covers came to me one day while shopping at my local home improvement store. I realized home owners are leaning toward a more customized look for their homes. Light-switch covers are a quick and easy way to add handcarved accents to your home décor. I […]

by January 11, 2010 Features
Overcoming Adversity

Overcoming Adversity

Decoy carver Karl Schmidt is a lesson in perseverance By Dr. Lawrence Vamer Many of Karl Schmidt’s carved ducks appear as though they are alive and ready to fly away. What makes Karl’s work even more amazing is he suffers from quadriplegia as a result of a swimming pool accident. […]

by January 11, 2010 Features
Carving Realistic Wrinkles and Folds

Carving Realistic Wrinkles and Folds

Create Accurate details by studying how clothing relates to anatomy By Mary-Ann Jack-Bleach and Fred Zavodil Photography by Chipping Away Inc. Whether you carve realistic figures or caricatures, it is important to understand how the underlying anatomy affects material. The clothing must convey the figure’s movement or pose. Accurate detailing […]

by January 11, 2010 Techniques