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Strategy with a Theme

Strategy with a Theme

Jim Arnold’s clever chess set designs If not for a hurricane in the late 1990s, Jim Arnold’s career might have taken a different path. During a power outage in his home state of Florida, Jim’s wife pointed out that chisels don’t require electricity. Taking her advice, Jim got started and […]

by January 17, 2010 Features
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 Holiday Carving, 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
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

Hershal Borders’ complex canes start with a block of basswood and 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 […]

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 Holiday Carving, 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 Patterns & 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, Spring Carving