Looking for things to carve? Simply click on any of the photos on this page to get to our free, step-by-step wood carving tutorials, which include instructions, painting guide, full-color pattern (for those who prefer using a bandsaw) and tons of photos to guide you.
These tutorials are categorized by section and clicking on a link below will take you directly to each section.
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Gnomes are always fun to carve and we have patterns that have eyes and some without.
Our big-haired trolls are quick to carve and you can mix up the colors during painting.
Caricatures are also fun things to carve and are designed to make people smile.
Some carvers swear they sell more of their wood carvings when they incorporate a smile. But a grouch is nice every now then, like our screw-up fairy.
Seasonal wood carvings are fun things to carve to decorate your home or to give away as gifts. Our little carvings go fast and make great stocking stuffers.
Or, you can easily add one of our Halloween carvings to a candy basket to surprise the little ones in your life.
More holiday carvings will be coming to brighten up these festive occasions.
While some of our tutorials feature realistic animals, we have the most fun designing adorable animal caricatures for you.
We often get requests to create animal tutorials so you can expect more cute animal caricatures to be added over time.
Every experienced wood carver starts as a beginner. Here are some things to carve that were created when we were first learning how to carve and create tutorials.
If you've never created a caricature carving, our Charlie tutorial is quite comprehensive, and will walk you through each step.
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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. Of course, if you have a band saw, you can use our free patterns to create your roughout.
Since not every carver has a complete collection of tools, most of our designs can also be done with just your favorite carving knife.
You are also free to use a gouge (or two) for fine details like hair and fur.
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:
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.
Remember to hold onto all of your carvings so you can see how your skills improve over time.
You can also think about practical and useful things you can carve like:
These items make great housewarming or holiday gifts, too.
In addition to wood, there are many other things you can carve, including:
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.
Of course, you can easily double (or triple) the dimensions of any of our patterns to create a larger carving.
Upcoming plans for more fun things to carve include: