Patterns & Projects

Man in the Moon

Man in the Moon

Simple carving uses just a knife and a scrap of basswood By Dave Stetson In our printing of Dave Stetson’s “Man in the Moon” article (Whittling Volume 2), several photos were flipped—and YOU get to reap the benefits of our mistake! A corrected PDF of the full article is available […]

by June 7, 2013 Patterns & Projects, Whittling
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
Carving a Stone

Carving a Stone

Creating a realistic rock from wood By Kenny Vermillion Photography by Carl Saathoff In Woodcarving Illustrated Spring 2013 (Issue 62), Kenny Vermillion offered a few simple techniques for carving a rock out of wood. Attached below is a full step-by-step article to carve, texture, and paint a stone carved from […]

by February 5, 2013 Patterns & Projects
Carving Animals for Noah’s Ark

Carving Animals for Noah’s Ark

Power-carve an assortment of animals two by two By Tom Hindes Thousands of men and women have probably received a rotary tool as a gift and, not knowing what to do with it, put it in a drawer. This is unfortunate because you can use a rotary tool to have […]

by July 25, 2012 Patterns & Projects, Whittling
Creating a Log Picture Book

Creating a Log Picture Book

By Roy Ellery People can’t resist picking up my log books and looking through them. Sometimes I’ll write a story to accompany the scenes, but often I’ll just let the images tell a unique story to each viewer. After purchasing a new scroll saw, I needed to create something to […]

by April 22, 2012 Patterns & Projects
Carving a Caricature Beer Bottle Process Photos

Carving a Caricature Beer Bottle Process Photos

By Floyd Rhadigan A friend suggested I carve something on a wooden wine bottle. I’m not a wine drinker, so I made a sketch of a beer bottle and sent it to the guy who makes woodturned carving blanks for me. I carved a woman on a root beer bottle […]

by April 10, 2012 Patterns & Projects
Build a Dancing Santa

Build a Dancing Santa

Turn the crank to make this carving. While this Santa carving is nice by itself, the simple mechanism that turns it into an automaton makes it fun for people of all ages. Just turn the crank, and the simple mechanism rotates the santa and lifts him into the air. Scroll […]

by November 18, 2011 Holiday Carving, Videos
Whittling Little Folk – Pattern Correction

Whittling Little Folk – Pattern Correction

Harley Refsal’s new book, Whittling Little Folk, is receiving a lot of positive feedback from Woodcarving Illustrated readers. In addition to the compliments, readers shared that the pattern for Kristian on page 23 is incorrect, and the pattern for Lawrence on page 123 needs a few minor alterations. For Lawrence, […]

by August 15, 2011 News, Patterns & Projects
Carving Faces in Softballs

Carving Faces in Softballs

Polyurethane core is easy to carve and holds detail well By Terry Brasher Photography by Jay Brasher Several years ago I was hunting for driftwood with my mentor and friend, Vic Hood. On a sandy beach area (rare in Tennessee), I found a softball that had washed up on shore. […]

by July 29, 2011 Patterns & Projects