Wood Carving

Tiki Chess SetWood carving is the wonderful craft of cutting three dimensional patterns and designs into wood using chisels, gouges, and bench knives.  There are several styles of wood carving which can include character carving, Old World style architectural carvings, decorative cut-out carvings, wood sculpture, power carving, chain saw carving, relief carving, and chip carving.  Most wood carvers try their hand at many of the different carving styles, then settle into one or two particular favorites; for Lora S. Irish those favorites are relief carving, whittling, and chip carving.

In these free online wood carving projects and instructions Lora will show you what tools you will use, how to sharpen your tool edges, how to prepare your wood, which wood species is best for your carvings, and how to trace and transfer your pattern to the wood.  Next you can explore the different versions of relief carving – high relief, low relief, round-over edge carving, and bas relief.  Learn how to make dramatic shadows in your landscape carvings and add the fine detailing to your Canada Goose with wood burned accents.  To complete your wood carved project you can read about oil finishes, paste wax, and polyurethane sealers or follow Lora Irish’s projects in Coloring Your Projects to learn how to add painted details.

If you are just beginning your new craft of wood carving, please download Lora S. Irish’s free e-book,
Your First Carving Pattern, which is posted on our wood carving and pyrography pattern website, Art Designs Studio.

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irish_0010Wood Carving Basics
Basics to Wood
Woodcarving Basics
Carving Woods
Glossary to Mail Wood
Australian Carving Woods
Glossary to Mail Order Wood
Working With Wood Grain
Softwood & Hardwood

image2Woodcarving Tools & Sharpening
Tools and Tool Kits
Basic Carving Tools
The Beginner’s Tool Kit
Bracing Table Relief Carving
Carving Tools Close-Up
Sharpening Your Tools

Sharpening Stones
Sharpening Bench Knives
263-258x285Sharpening Round Gouges
Bull Nose Chisel

Woodcarving Finishes
Finishing Your Project
Preparing for Finishing
Stains, Oils, and Washes
Oil, Wax, and Urethane
Carving Session Preparation
The Depth Of The Levels
DDSC_8890-300x300Your First Carving Pattern

Relief Carving Techniques
Background Treatments
Basic Cuts and Carving Tips

Stop Cut in Relief
Low Relief Carving
High Relief Carving
Smoothing the Background
Laminating
depth-013-300x216Using a Depth Gauge
Smoothing Backgrounds
Working with the Grain
Adding Drama through Shadows

Relief Carving
Levels in Relief Wood Carving
Dramatic Shadows
Undercutting Technique
Level Changes, Elements
Relief Wood CarvingDramatic Shadows Pattern

Relief Wood Carving Projects
Canada Goose Project
Canada Goose Project 1
Canada Goose Project 2
Canada Goose Project 3
Canada Goose Project 4

Landscape Relief Carving
Floral Clock
irish_tiki_0072Sailboat Relief Carving
Carving the American Hero
Carving the Relief Wood Spirit
Snowman Wall Hanger
American Heroes

Wood Carving Whittling Projects
Tiki Chess Set Project
Sun Fish Decoy

sunken-greenman1076-300x246Specialize Carving Techniques
Introduction to Love Spoons
Welsh Love Spoons 1

Welsh Love Spoons 2
Basic Cutting Techniques
Carving A Chain and Ball
Ball and Cage Carving
Wood Spirit Carving

Canes and Walking Sticks
protection-01Russian Birch Bark Carving

Chip Carving Projects
Chip Carving
Sharpening Your Chip Knives
Positive Space in Chip Carving
Chip Carving Seminar
Chip Carving Supplies
Chip Carving Graphed Patterns
Chip Carving Hand Positions and Grips
Triangle Chips in Chip CarvingChip Carving – Triangles and Square Chips
Chip Carving – Straight-Wall Chips
Chip Caved Game and Chess Board
Chip Carving Sampler Pattern Layout
Chip Carving Common Mistakes
Chip Carved Shortbread Cookies

Working with Patterns
Working with Your Patterns
Transferring the Pattern
levels-color-smPounce Patterns
Enlarging and Reducing
Simplifying a Pattern
Working with Levels
Lettering Layouts
Dividing a Circle
Free Form Patterns
Cattle Branding Layouts
Creating a Perfect Circle

LSIrish-fish82-1665Painting & Coloring
Coloring Your Project

Adding Skin Colors
Basics to Painting

Acrylics over a Primer
China Painting with Acrylics
Dry Brushed Acrylics
Marbling & Splatter Painting
Simple Dry Brushing
Vintage Painting
LSIrish-2061Painting Supplies
Paint Kit Supplies for Painting
Steps to Success, Painting
Burnishing Your Wood Carving
Simple Blending Acrylic Paints
Techniques for Painting
Basics to Painting
Painting Eyes
Watercolors & Wood Burning
The Color Wheel
Dry Brushing

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Art Designs Studio Patterns

Art Designs Studio is Lora S. Irish’s wood carving, pyrography, and crafts patterns web store with
over 2500 patterns and designs, ready for you to download today.
Line art, shaded drawings, and patterns for wood carving, pyrography, leather carving, applique quilting,
paper crafts, scrap booking, gourd art, and so many more.

Americana
cp051 Americana Eagle Mantel
cp053 Proud to be an American!
cp087 Farm Animal Folk Art


Animals, Pets, & Wildlife
cp007 Just Grizzlys! Patterns
cp018 North American Wildlife
cp024 White Tail Deer Patterns
cp027 Backyard Critters Patterns
cp043 Assorted Horses Patterns
cp054 African Cats & Animals
cp055 North American Big Cats
cp070 Elk Patterns Pattern Package
cp071 Mule and White Tail Deer
cp072 Fighting Bucks Patterns
cp091 Garden Circles


Birds, Hawks & Eagles
cp012 Favorite Birds Patterns
cp020 Quail Hunting Scene Patterns
cp061 Hens and Roosters Patterns
cp083 Ringed Neck Pheasants
cp084 Song Birds Patterns
cp092 Oriental Birds & Flowers
cp118 Birds of Prey Patterns
cp119 Shorebirds Mantel Patterns


Celtic Knots
cp009 Celtic Knots 1 Patterns
cp010 Celtic Knots 2 Patterns
cp046 Viking & Celtic Patterns
cp047 Celtic Crosses and Panels
cp129 Celtic Dragon Signs Patterns


Dragons, Griffins
cp031 Western Dragons Patterns
cp052 Oriental Dragon Mantel
cp077 Simple and Fun Dragons
cp094 Asian Dragons Patterns
cp123 Dragon Medallions


Ducks, Geese & Waterfowl
cp014 Waterfowl Pattern Package
cp042 Puddle Ducks Patterns
cp082 Flying Ducks Pattern

E-Projects
Wood Spirits Carving eProject
Landscape Wood Burning eProject
Santa Cookies Carving eProject
Mayan Priest Wood Carving eProject
Mayan Priest Pyrography eProject
Flamed Copper Jewelry eProject
Whittle Fish Decoys eProject


Flowers, Plants & Leaves
cp002 Flowers Pattern Package
cp004 Oak and Grapes Patterns
cp011 Flower Corners Patterns
cp013 Flower Clocks Patterns
cp039 Garlands & Cameos Patterns
cp049 Oak & Maple Mantel Patterns
cp050 Grape and Wheat Mantel
cp056 Simple & Realistic Flowers
cp068 Grapes Patterns Patterns
cp069 Mixed Fruit Pattern Package
cp093 Lotus Flower Patterns


Frames, Signs & Borders
cp021 Sign Blanks & Plaques
cp023 Coats of Arms & Heraldry
cp032 Classic Frames & Borders
cp041 Mirrors and Photo Frames
cp045 Triangle Designs Patterns
cp078 Panels and Borders Pattern


Furniture & Architecture
cp005 Traditional Patterns
cp008 Shells Pattern Package
cp017 Classic Lines and Leaves
cp048 Scroll Mantel Pattern
cp097 Classic Corners Patterns
cp100 Small Line Finials Patterns
cp101 Large Line Finials Patterns
cp106 Wood Flower Cameos
cp107 Wood Flower Circles
cp108 Wood Flower Curves
cp109 Wood Flower Finials
cp110 Wood Flower Lines
cp111 Wood Flower Leaves

Holiday & Christmas
cp019 3D Santas Patterns
cp028 3D Christmas Patterns
cp062 Christmas Calicos Patterns
cp063 Christmas Cookies Pattern
cp064 Christmas Capers Patterns
cp065 Christmas Kringles Patterns
cp066 Christmas Classics Patterns
cp130 Halloween Scroll Saw 1
cp131 Halloween Scroll Saw 2
cp132 Pumpkin Carving Patterns


Landscapes & Farm Scenes
cp016 Landscapes Patterns
cp059 Farm Scenes Patterns
cp085 Old Cars and Old Trucks
cp102 Country Living Mantels
cp127 Seashore & Ranch Signs
cp128 Country Store Signs


Light Houses, Nautical, & Fishing
cp022 Fresh Water Fishing Scene
cp036 Sailing Ships and Lighthouses
cp037 Sea Life Pattern Package
cp079 Just Goldfish Patterns
cp080 Hook, Line, and Sinker
cp081 Lighthouses, Ships, & Maps
cp098 Fishing Lures Finials Patterns
cp099 Ice Fishing Decoys Patterns


Mythology
cp003 Mythology Pattern Package
cp025 Mythological Corners Patterns
cp030 Mythological Beasties Pattern
cp038 Angels and Cherubs Patterns
cp076 Gargoyles Patterns Patterns
cp086 Assorted Religious Crosses
cp089 Fantasy Pixies & Elfin Queens
cp096 Masks Pattern Package
cp103 Feathered Serpents Patterns
cp104 Griffins Pattern Package

Special & Miscellaneous
cp001 Assorted Designs Patterns
cp029 Cane Handles Patterns
cp035 Welsh Love Spoons Patterns
cp060 Lettering Monograms Patterns
cp090 Wood Quilt Squares
cp095 Little Bits Pattern Package
cp114 Steam Punk Clocks Patterns
cp115 Steam Punk Components
cp116 Steam Punk Layouts
cp117 Steam Punk Wings
cp113 Mayan, Aztec, Inca Patterns
cp121 Fretwork Butterflies Patterns
cp122 Fretwork Lamp Pattern Pack
cp124 Retro Owl & Mushrooms
cp125 Mushroom Spirits Patterns
cp126 Heart Shaped Patterns


Western & South West
cp033 Spirit Chiefs One Patterns
cp034 Spirit Chiefs Two Patterns
cp058 Western Town Scene Pattern
cp073 Western Horses Mantel Pattern
cp074 Western Ranch Mantel Pattern
cp075 Westward Ho! Mantel Pattern
cp120 Southwest Animals Pattern


Wood Spirits, Green Men
cp006 Wood Spirit Mega Patterns
cp040 Water Spouts and Door Knockers Pattern Package
cp067 Fantasy Patterns Patterns
cp088 Wood Spirits & Green Men
cp105 Green Men & Gothic Animals
cp112 Leaf Eater Pattern Pack


Art Styles of Pyrography eBook

E-Project Bundles
Ceremonial Mask Pyrography

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