Patterns & Projects

Carving a Locomotive Steam Engine Inside a Cage

Use hand tools to make this moving locomotive replica in a cage

By Joseph A. Savarese

In 2014, my friend gave me an exciting carving challenge: create a personalized carving for his five-year-old son, Timothy. Knowing he liked trains, I wanted to incorporate that into the design as well as making it unique and fun for him to play with. Thinking back at all the positive reactions I get when someone sees my ball in cage carvings, I figured lets eliminate the ball and carve a train instead. Now two years later I plan on putting a smile on another five year old, my nephew and godson, Louie. This demonstration carving is for you buddy, Happy Birthday!

The complete set of patterns and templates for the locomotive inside the cage can be found inĀ Woodcarving Illustrated Fall 2016 (Issue 76). Attached are additional how-to photos and text in case you need a bit more help carving this intricate piece.


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