Super fun things to carve from wood

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Looking for things to carve?   Simply click on any of the photos (below the top photo) 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. 

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These are our latest tutorials.  We're just like you, always learning new skills and and improving.  The joy is in our wood carving journey together! 

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Fun things to carve: wizard and trolls

Gnomes are always fun to carve and we have patterns that have eyes and some without. Check out our fun wood carving gnomes page.

Our big-haired trolls are quick to carve and you can mix up the colors during painting.  


Fun things to carve: Caricature tutorials




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.  


Fun things to carve: Holiday tutorials

Seasonal wood carvings are fun things to carve to decorate your home or to give away as gifts.  

Visit this page for cool Christmas wood carving ideas.  Our little carvings go fast and make great stocking stuffers.

Below you will find some other holiday wood carvings that are fun to make for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Halloween.

More holiday carvings will be coming to brighten up these festive occasions.  



Fun things to carve: Animal tutorials

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.

Check out our many carving wood animals tutorials here.

Fun things to carve: Beginner wood carving projects

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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Fun things to carve: Decorative /gift tutorials




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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.  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. 

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, and coloring books for kids (you can glue the pattern to a block of wood).
  • Childhood memories and toys (where our big-haired trolls came from).
  • Folklore/mythical figures (nearly every culture has them).
  • Stock photo websites (filled with interesting people and expressions).
  • Social media (to see what other wood carvers are doing).
  • Craft selling websites (like etsy.com).
  • A dollar store (great source for inexpensive ceramic models).
  • Gift plaques (our screw-up fairy caricature came from one).

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.

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. 

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 always 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. 

Fun things to carve summary

  • There are an endless amount of things to carve that will bring you hours of enjoyment.
  • Our things to carve page provides lots of tutorials that make carving easy and fun.
  • There are options for beginners and more advanced carvers too.
  • Follow some of our tutorials as is, or use your imagination to create your own version.
  • As always, please share your creations (and any feedback) as we‘d love to hear from you! 


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