Primarily an ornamental treatment today, carving on furniture has its origin in purely practical reasons, such as the need to shed water, prevent dust buildup, disguise joints, or provide softer edges. Similar to molding, which may be thought of as a
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  • Barley-Twist CandlesticksBarley-Twist Candlesticks

    by Ernie Conover

    A lathe and a few simple tools are all you need to make a barley-twist candlestick, a traditional design made up of threads cut into a cylinder. Most of the project ...

  • The ABCs of Letter CarvingThe ABCs of Letter Carving

    by T.J. McDermott

    T.J. McDermott's straightforward letter-carving technique uses only two chisels, but it can transform a piece of furniture or other article into a personalized ...

  • Letter Carving BasicsVideo: Letter Carving Basics

    with T.J. McDermott

    A long-time sign maker shares his carving techniques in a demonstration making the letter 'R'

  • The Best Woods for CarvingVideo: The Best Woods for Carving

    with David Sabol

    Basswood isn't the only species that performs well under the carving knife

  • Hold Carvings SecurelyHold Carvings Securely

    by Frederick C. Wilbur

    Don't be fooled by the apparent simplicity of Frederick Wilbur's carving station. Made from scraps of plywood and lumber, this station uses a variety of wedges, ...

  • The Essential Carver's Tool KitVideo: The Essential Carver's Tool Kit

    with David Sabol

    A master wood carver shows how to use his favorite gouges and knife for three-dimensional carving

  • A Carved Rosette For an Elegant TouchVideo: A Carved Rosette For an Elegant Touch

    with Charles Shackleton

    Create the blanks on a lathe or with a drill press, then chisel in the details

  • Easy-To-Carve Diamond BeadingVideo: Easy-To-Carve Diamond Beading

    with Charles Shackleton

    Personalize your furniture with just a few simple tools

  • Personalize Your FurniturePersonalize Your Furniture

    by Charles Shackleton

    Hand carving dresses up a piece of handmade furniture and makes it truly personal. It’s also a chance to cut loose from the bonds of ruler and marking knife and ...

  • Carving Leaves on a Turned PostCarving Leaves on a Turned Post

    by Allan Breed

    Two carving lessons by Allan Breed are the focus of this article. Working on a turned bedpost, Breed teaches readers how to carve two versions of corn leaves. Once ...

  • Three Simple MoldingsThree Simple Moldings

    by Lee Grindinger

    It’s a small step to go from cutting a mortise to carving a pattern on a molding that will embellish your next project. According to Lee Grindinger, whose portfolio ...

  • Carving Tool Tune-upCarving Tool Tune-up

    by Ian Agrell

    Carver Ian Agrell tells his students to treat sharpening as an art in itself. More important than the choice of sharpening system is knowing what shape is required ...

  • Router-Assisted Cockleshell CarvingRouter-Assisted Cockleshell Carving

    by Howard Wing

    Howard Wing figured out a router setup that could shape the basic spherical surface of a cockleshell as well as rough out the flutes. He developed a two-axis router ...

  • The Basics of Classical Relief CarvingThe Basics of Classical Relief Carving

    by Nora Hall

    Master carver Nora Hall teaches beginners how to carve, and she marvels at how quickly students develop skill at manipulating light and shadow to create realistic ...

  • Carving a Ball-and-Claw FootCarving a Ball-and-Claw Foot

    by Mack S. Headley, Jr.

    Mack Headley, Jr., studied the furniture and carving of Peter Scott, a cabinetmaker who worked in Williamsburg, Virginia, from the early 1720s to the mid-1770s. ...

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