Beginner's Guide to
Learning How to Carve Wood

Wood carving is the form of woodworking where the cutting away of wood is done by hand, resulting in a dimensional wooden figure. It is simply the art of carving wood to make decorative objects.


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Wood Carving for Beginners: A Starter Guide

Wood carving can be a fun and exciting craft to pursue as a hobby. There are infinite possibilities for wood carving for beginners to create as pieces of wood can be created into almost anything. For starters, choosing a technique to use would be a first priority.


Would You like to Learn to Woodcarving

I know there are many men and women in our area and wherever the Internet reaches who would enjoy woodworking carving very much. It is very gratifying to carve a piece of wood into a recognizable shape. The process is very rewarding in that it gives you a sense of accomplishment while at the same time making you feel relaxed. Of course, if you love the thrill of competition, this hobby can give you that also.


How To Get Started In Woodcarving

Woodcarving is a wonderful activity that can be very beneficial to one soul. It has been around through the ages, the carver takes a piece of raw wood and transforms it into something useful and, or beautiful. With the fast pace of living today it is nice to have an activity where you can slow down and use your hands and mind to create something of value, and carving fits the bill.


But what do I carve first

This might be one of the hardest questions to answer in our hobby.  There are so many wonderful carving themes that the patterns available to you are unlimited. Also there is a wide variety of carving styles and techniques, any of which could fill up a life time for any hobbyist.


How to Get Started Wood Carving

A beginning woodcarver can get started very inexpensively. For much carving, a great deal can be done with just a knife. Relief carving will necessarily require more tools but for the beginning woodcarver interested in carving small figures a knife or two will suit the beginner well.


How to Get Started in Woodcarving

If you're artistic, enjoy working with you hands, like to work with chisels, sand paper, wood finishes, and glue, you may want to try woodcarving. Once you carve your first woodcarving, you'll want to do more.

Thoughts on Carving

I know many of you want to add carving to your skills. You look at what the carvers do and say, “that’s way too hard for me.” Let me assure you, it’s not. Sure, carving quickly and cleanly with hand tools and no sandpaper clean up is an advanced result from considerable practice. However, there are a lot of ways to add carving to your turnings without being that skilled.



Master Woodcarving Secrets (PDF)


The 101 most common pieces of advice I've given to woodcarving students over the years.  I keep class notes of any carving related observation I make, observation I've found myself repeating time and again.  It is a distillation of these here plus new information based on real world experience. I'm hoping these secrets might potentially alter the way you are carving.  I have deliberately left some secrets hanging ... needing a closer look, or for you to explore what I am saying. 


Guide to Wood Carving



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