Learn wood carving—or improve your skills— 
with step-by-step tutorials

We remove the guesswork so you can perfect your carving.

Whether you’re new to wood carving—or you’ve been carving for a while—we know how important it is to “get a project right” and complete a job “well done” that you can be proud of.

When we started carving, we noticed that many tutorials require the use of a band saw, numerous gouges (or other tools), and are missing crucial steps.  Our free, step-by-step tutorials are primarily carved directly from a block of wood with a knife or two.  

We also often suggest where other tools can be used.  This makes our wood carving tutorials perfect for both beginners and more experienced wood carvers.  

Prefer to use a bandsaw? We provide free patterns too. 

Say goodbye to guessing

Trying to figure a project out without clear directions is downright frustrating.  Another let down is the lack of pictures of a work-in-progress from different angles.  

Our comprehensive tutorials provide easy-to-follow photos and you never have to guess how your carving should look from start to finish. 

Polaroid of alligator wood carvingCute animals

More awesome projects:
Fun things to carve
Easy wood carving ideas
Carving wood animals
Christmas wood carving ideas
Wood carving gnomes
Carving caricatures
Flat plane carving

Free painting guides

Our handy painting guides include specific acrylic paint colors and whether we use a wash (paint diluted with water) or not. 

This allows you to easily replicate any colors that you like with any of our carving and whittling projects.  

Check out our comprehensive page on painting a wood carving.

Helping you improve your carving

The best way to improve your carving is to practice, practice, and practice! 

Every time you carve you will learn something new about the ways you can manipulate wood to get the shapes you desire. 

Check out our:

”Thank you for your newsletter and website. I do the newsletter for Montana State Woodcarvers and am always looking for information to put in the newsletter.” EM

Why do we often use small wood carving blocks?

  • We want to be able to design, carve, and create new tutorials for you as fast as we can.
  • We love the simplicity of using a small block and a knife or two.  
  • Carving small blocks makes it easy to carve on the go where you work, play, or travel.
  • Practicing on small blocks can help you enhance your wood carving skills for much larger projects.
  • You can get a lot more carvings for the money that you spend on wood. 
  • There is less wood to remove, which preserves the health (and comfort) of your hands.  
  • Small projects don't take up a tremendous amount of time so you will never get bored!
  • Small blocks don’t take up too much room, giving you more room to display your carvings.  
  • It’s super fun to see how much detail you can pack into a small carving (a lot!).
  • It is a great starting point if you want to eventually design your own wood carving projects.

Of course, you can always easily double (or triple) the dimensions of any of our tutorials to create a larger carving.  Or, use our free patterns with a band saw.  

Making wood carving addictively fun

There are so many benefits of wood carving that we want to help you experience, including: 

  • Relaxing, unwinding, and getting away from daily stresses.
  • Unleashing your creativity.
  • Learning new skills that will help make you a better carver.
  • Challenging yourself to work on more advanced projects, or perhaps designing your own.
  • Making one-of-a-kind gifts that will be treasured by everyone.
  • Sharing this amazing hobby with your children, other family members, or friends.
  •  Showing off your wonderful creations to others. Please send us your pictures! 

Stick with it

Persistence is just as important as practicing. 

If your mindset is to become a great carver you will be! 

If you are new to carving, check out our how to hand carve wood section that includes a beginner's guide to wood carving, the basic wood carving cuts that you will need, and much more.

Helping you enjoy the process

It’s easy to get lost in a wood carving and drive yourself to finish quickly. 

Try to get in the habit of slowing the process down and taking frequent breaks. 

Your hands will stay fresh and you may come back with a different point of view.

Our goal is to teach you to trust the process. When you do, everything will fall into place. 

Encouraging you to learn from mistakes 

We will help you see that every mistake is a learning opportunity.  

Never give up!

Simply look at your creation and see what new direction you can take.  

Don't like something? Carve it off and start again. You may end up with an even better carving.

We will also help you learn how to think a carving through, which can help you come up with cool designs on your own.  

Wood spoon carving with a hole in itAvoid common mistakes

Celebrating your progress

We strongly suggest that you hold on to all your carvings.

It will help you see where you started and how far you have progressed. 

In a short time, you will be amazed at the improvement. 

Indulging your obsession 

We love collecting great knives and other carving tools and we’re happy to share our honest opinions with you

What you will not find on our website is lots of spammy product suggestions.

We endorse something because we have used it ourselves—and absolutely love it—or we know someone we respect who recommends it.

Just to let you know… We participate in Amazon and Focuser Carving affiliates program. We make a few pennies if you purchase products we recommend—at no cost to you.

Thanks for your support! 

Let’s get carving together

Grab some wood, a super sharp knife, and let those chips fly!  

We hope you will share your creations with us. We really want to see your successes.  

More awesome projects:
Fun things to carve
Easy wood carving ideas
Carving wood animals
Christmas wood carving ideas
Wood carving gnomes
Carving caricatures
Flat plane carving

Most recent articles:

  1. Coffee Scoop Wood Carving Tutorial

    Coffee scoop wood carving
    Make a cool coffee scoop wood carving with this easy and step by step tutorial.

    Read More

  2. Carving An Owl Tutorial With Just a Knife

    Carving an owl
    Carving an owl is super easy with this step by step tutorial with photos from all angles.

    Read More

  3. Green Man Wood Carving

    This green man wood carving tutorial makes it easy to carve a wonderful masterpiece with intricate details.

    Read More


Sign up for free Covered in chips club

Get 50 Wood Carving & Painting Tips  
FREE when you join our free Covered in Chips Club

Your information is 100% private and is never shared. Unsubscribe anytime. See our Privacy Policy .

Share page on: 

Home   | Privacy Policy  | Terms of Use  | Contact | Sitemap