Super fun things to carve from wood

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Looking for things to carve with easy-to-follow wood carving instructions, painting guides, and patterns?  

Simply click on any of the photos below to get to our free, step-by-step wood carving tutorials, patterns, and painting guides. 

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Things to carve for everyone 

Our goal is to make our tutorials accessible for everyone, including beginners.

We’ve designed these tutorials for people who may not have access to a band saw.

Since not every carver has a complete collection of tools, most of our designs can also be done with just your favorite carving knife. 

Of course, if you have a band saw, you can use our free patterns to create your roughout.

In case you’re wondering, a roughout is kind of like the “bones” of a carving where some of the wood is removed with a band saw. 

You are also free to use a gouge or two (if you have them) for fine details like hair and fur. 

Inspiration is all around you for things to carve

While wood carving books are great for inspiration, we get some of our best ideas of things to carve by looking through product catalogues. 

Other sources of inspiration include:

  • Storybooks
  • Picture books
  • Coloring books for kids (you can glue the pattern to a block of wood)

The more you carve, the easier it will be to look at an image and make it come alive in a block of wood. 

There are sure to be mistakes and fails along the way, but you will learn from all of them and become a better carver. 

You will also learn how you can manipulate wood into all kinds of different shapes (strop your knife every 20-30 minutes to keep it super sharp). 

Remember to hold onto all of your carvings so you can see how your skills improve over time.

Things to carve that you can use

You can also think about practical and useful things you can carve like:

  • Chopsticks
  • Spoons
  • Forks
  • Butter knives
  • Spatulas
  • Mugs
  • Bowls

These items make great housewarming or holiday gifts, too. 

wood spoon carvingSpoon and spatula tutorials coming soon!

Things to carve that go beyond wood

In addition to wood, there are many other things you can carve, including:

  • Avocado pits
  • Acorns
  • Golf balls
  • Soap
  • Potatoes or yams
  • Carrots
  • Chocolate
  • Ice
  • Soft balls
  • Candles

New tutorials for things to carve are coming!

Please check back often as we will be adding new step-by-step wood carving tutorials just as fast as we can make them. 

One of the features of our tutorials is that we provide pictures that help you every step of the way. 

Upcoming plans for things to carve include:

  • Cool wizard staff carving
  • Tubby Buddha carving 
  • Humorous cow wood carving
  • Old world cane topper woodcarving
  • Spiritual angel wood carving
  • Pencil carving tutorial for beginners

We are also working on tutorials to help you learn how to wood carve:

  • People
  • A dolphin
  • A frog
  • A lion
  • An owl

Fun things to carve summary

  • There are an endless amount of things to carve that will bring you hours of enjoyment
  • Follow some of our tutorials and use your imagination
  • As always, please share your creations with us as we love to see what you’re up to!

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