We’ve been wanting to try an avocado pit carving for a while and we’re glad we did!
We also decided to experiment to find the ultimate way to carve an avocado heart pendant.
Here is everything that we learned.
The first step after removing the pit (also called the seed) from the avocado (photo 1) is to remove the outer brown layer.
Some say you need to let the pit dry first before peeling it. But we wanted to see what happens if you start to carve the pit right away versus letting it dry for a few days.
We used a fingernail to peel the pit, which was pretty easy (photo 2).
This is what the avocado pit looked like without the outer layer (photo 3). The dark brown marks are where the fingernails penetrated the pit.
The next step in our experiment was to cut the pit in half. We don’t recommend using your good wood carving knife to split the avocado pit.
In our opinion, use either a sharp kitchen knife or bushcraft knife to cut the avocado pit in half. Look for the line that marks the halfway point of the avocado pIt. You can see it faintly in photo 3 above.
We used a brand new Benchmade Knife Company station knife to split our avocado seed (photo 4). Dang, it cut super sweetly (like butter).
Since we had this big, badass knife out already, we decided to roughly shape each half of the avocado pit into a heart shape.
The next step in our avocado pit carving experiment was to carve one side while it is soft and wet (green), and carve the other half after letting it dry for 3 days.
For the green half of the avocado pit carving, we made an initial stop cut across the heart and removed wood from underneath (photo 5).
The avocado pit is super easy to carve while it is still green.
You just have to be careful while you carve because it is easy to cut right through the entire pit.
We continued to make stop cuts across the heart to create a raised texture (photo 6). At this point the textured heart looks a little like a small piece of grilled salmon!
Now it was time to set our textured heart avocado pit carving aside to dry (photo 7).
Impatient that we are, we couldn’t resist trying to carve the other half of the avocado pit after drying it for one day.
While it was crusty on the outside. The inside was still much too green.
Back to the drying board!
We decided to carve a simple, flat heart with the semi-dried pit. It was very easy to carve and we let it dry for another two days.
Now the avocado pit kind of looks like a bagel crisp (photo 8). We realized it wasn’t thick enough to turn into a pendant, but we will add to a future carving (surprise to come).
After brushing our textured avocado pit heart with boiled linseed oil and letting it dry, we used a pin vise (part of an Exacto set) to carefully hand drill a hole in order to glue the eyelet into the heart (photo 9).
You can get the eyelets at a big-box craft store (photo 10).
You have to be patient as you make your hole and clear the drill channel out frequently by blowing on it.
Looking back, we should have made the hole after only 3 days. Our pit sat for a week and it became very hard to drill!
Once the hole is drilled, glue the eyelet into the hole with Duco Cement and let it sit for 24 hours.
We used red cording to make the necklace (photo 11). You can easily make it adjustable by using a Fisherman’s knot.
Or, you can add a jump ring to your eyelet and use a gold or silver chain, if you prefer.