Carving - Fine Woodworking How-To


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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  • How to Carve ButterfliesHow to Carve Butterflies

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Before he can begin the fine carvings that characterize his vessels, Ron Layport starts with a well-turned form. If the lines are not pure and the curves are not ...

  • The Simple Art of Spoon CarvingVideo: The Simple Art of Spoon Carving

    with Peter Galbert

    Windsor chairmaker Peter Galbert blows off steam by picking up a carving knife and whittling spoons.

  • Bandsawn BeautyBandsawn Beauty

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Michael Cullen was attracted to bandsawn boxes because they are quick to complete, a great contrast to the complicated furniture he makes typically. His boxes, ...

  • Embellishing the bandsawn boxEmbellishing the bandsawn box

    by Jonathan Binzen

    A loose, unregulated look is the aim when Michael Cullen carves and finishes his bandsaw boxes. He uses gouges to add texture and patterns, sometimes letting the ...

  • Putting the Primal into Production: Dean PulverPutting the Primal into Production: Dean Pulver

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Dean Pulver combines the efficiency of machine work with the satisfaction of handwork to make his innovative tables. He got his production acumen from years of ...

  • How to Make Custom MoldingsHow to Make Custom Moldings

    by Garrett Hack

    Beautiful moldings add a lot to a piece of furniture, and you don't have to be limited by the profiles of your router bits to make them. Garrett Hack advises that ...

  • How to Carve a Ball-and-Claw FootHow to Carve a Ball-and-Claw Foot

    by Allan Breed

    Carve a Newport ball-and-claw foot with guidance from Cartouche Award winner Allan Breed. Gauges help with an accurate layout, and gouges do the carving. After ...

  • Making a SplashMaking a Splash

    by Jonathan Binzen

    No lathe is used for the creation of these droplet bowls. See how Danny Kamerath does it....

  • SplashSplash

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Danny Kamerath crafts droplet bowls in a range of sizes and shapes....

  • The Story of a Custom KnobThe Story of a Custom Knob

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Abiel Rios Wong demonstrates how he makes his own tools by making a custom knob. He made the knob from a length of 1-in. brass rod and a small hunk of ebony cut ...

  • Carved Pulls Give a Handmade TouchCarved Pulls Give a Handmade Touch

    by Timothy Coleman

    There are times when a traditional door or drawer pull doesn’t seem right, or is not practical, as in drawers located behind doors. For these situations, a pull ...

  • A Journey to BombéA Journey to Bombé

    by Thomas McKenna

    A bombe chest is a tour de force for a woodworker, requiring a combination of excellent technical skills, eye for detail, and period furniture acumen to pull off. ...

  • How to Carve a ShellHow to Carve a Shell

    by Randall O'Donnell

    Learn how to lay out and carve an 18th-century-style fan

  • Applied carvingApplied carving

    by Will Neptune

    A traditional and useful technique, applied carving makes it easier to get a smooth background than carving done "in the solid," where you have to lower the background ...

  • Dress Up your Furniture with Surface CarvingDress Up your Furniture with Surface Carving

    by Michael Cullen

    Walk past a piece of furniture with surface carving, and the light dances on and off the carved surface, creating highlights and shadows that are in motion from ...

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