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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 for download at the bottom of this page. It includes steps and a pattern.

Scraps of wood seem to multiply in my shop. The size and shape of this simple project allows you to use up all sorts of scraps. I’ve made this one out of 1/4″ (6mm)-thick wood, but you can increase the size of the pattern and use thicker wood.

You’ll enjoy carving these quick faces so much that you’re sure to have fewer scraps in your shop. Since they are so easy to carve, I hand them out to people I think need a smile.


• Basswood, 1/4″ (6mm) thick: 1 1/4″ x 3″ (32mm x 76mm)

• Finish, such as stain, paint, or clear spray (optional)


• Carving knife

• Saw, such as coping saw, scroll saw, or band saw (optional)

CLICK HERE to download the corrected Man in the Moon Article.

About the Author

Dave Stetson is a co-creator and founding member of the Caricature Carvers of America (CCA). Dave teaches seminars around the country with his wife, Michele. Dave is the author of Caricature Carving from Head to Toe, available from Fox Chapel Publishing,

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