Month: December 2013

Tiki Chess Set by Lora Irish

December Happenings!

Enjoy the free, online teaching, tutorials, projects and patterns created by Lora S. Irish which focus on wood carving, relief carving, pyrography, paper crafts, quilting, painting, and general fun art ideas. We now offer over 550 pages of online instructions for wood carving, pyrography, and craft

Wood Carving

freen man relief carving by Lora IrishWood Carving Fundamentals
Basics to Wood
Tools & Tool Kits
Sharpening Your Tools
Working with Patterns
Basic Cuts and Carving Tips
Coloring Your Project
Specialized Techniques
Finishing Your Project
Your First Carving Pattern

Basics to Wood
Woodcarving Basics
Carving Woods
Australian Carving Woods
Glossary to Mail Order Wood
Working With Wood Grain
Soft and Hard Wood Comparisons

DSC_8486Wood Carving Tools and Supplies
Basic Carving Tools
The Beginner’s Tool Kit
Carving Session Preparation
Bracing Table for Relief Carving
Carving Tools Close-Up

Sharpening Your Carving Tools
Sharpening Bench Knives
Sharpening Round Gouges
Convert a Chisel to a Bull Nose Chisel
Sharpening Stones
Sharpening Your Chip Knives

LSIrish-027-0965Working With Patterns
Transferring the Pattern
Pounce Patterns
Enlarging and Reducing
Simplifying a Pattern
Working with Levels
Determining the Depth of the Levels
Lettering Layouts
Dividing a Circle
Free Form Patterns
Cattle Branding Layouts

irish_tiki_0042Basic Cuts & Carving Tips
Stop Cut in Relief
Low Relief Carving
High Relief Carving
Smoothing the Background
Using a Depth Gauge
Smoothing Backgrounds
Working with the Grain of Your Wood
Adding Drama through Shadows
Introduction to Dramatic Shadow
Undercutting Techniques
Level Changes & Free Elements
Pattern Work for this Tutorial

Specialized Technique
Incised Carving
Wood Block Prints
Intaglio Carving

Finishes & Sealers
Preparing for Finishing
Stains, Oils, and Washes
Oil, Wax, and Urethane Finishes

texture_celtic07-321x285Woodcarving Projects
Beginner’s Projects
Country Snowman and Santa
Sunfish Fish Decoy
Wood Carving the American Hero
Tiki Chess Set, Beginner Project
Sailboat Relief Carving
Canada Goose Relief Project
Canada Goose Relief Project, 1
Canada Goose Relief Project, 2
Canada Goose Relief Project, 3
Canada Goose Relief Project, 4

sunken-greenman1076-300x246Relief Carving Techniques
Relief Carving
Introduction of Dramatic Shadows
Undercutting for Dramatic Shadows
Level Changes for Shadows
Dramatic Shadow Pattern
Carving the Relief Wood Spirit
Landscape Relief Carving
Floral Clock
Woodcarving the American Hero
Welsh Love Spoons
Basic Cutting Techniques
Carving A Chain and ball
Ball and Cage Carving
Wood Spirit Carving
Canes and Walking Sticks
Russian Birch Bark Carving
Basics to Chip Carving
Sharpening Your Chip Knives
Positive and Negative Chip Carving


wood burning practice boardPyrography Fundamentals
Pyrography Practice Boards
Simple Shading in Wood Burning
Tonal Value Sepia Worksheet
The Basic Wood Burning Tool
Basic Wood Burning Strokes, Textures
Wood Burning Technique Samples
The Basic Wood Burning Tool
Wood Burning Scene Samples
Carousel Horse Instructions
Coloring Wood Burned Projects
Wood Burning Sepia Values
Wood Burning Animal Fur and Hair
Mapping Pyrography Patterns

Pyrography Mask Project by IrishPyrography Projects
Blue Heron Tavern Pyrography
Wine Caddy Sunflower Design
Pyrography, Working in Layers
Simple Pyrography Shading
Pyrography Steps for Portraits
The American Hero
Pyrography Cougar Portrait
Pyrography Leather Journal
Ceremonial Mask Pyrography 1
Ceremonial Mask Pyrography 2
Ceremonial Mask Pyrography 3
Ceremonial Mask Pyrography 4
Ceremonial Mask Pyrography 5
Feathered Border Wood Burning 1
Feathered Border Wood Burning 2

Urban Warrior wood spirit gourd maskPainting and Coloring
Basics to Painting
Painting Supplies
Paint Kit Supplies
Steps to Success
General Techniques, Painting
Burnishing your Wood Carving
Simple Blending, Acrylic Paints
Acrylics over a Primer
Simple Dry Brushing
Dry Brushed Acrylics, Oil Stains
Marbling and Splatter Painting
China Painting with Acrylics
Vintage Painting with Acrylics
Watercolors and Wood Burning
Adding Skin Colors, Watercolors
The Color Wheel, Who Is R. G. Biv?
Painting Eyes
Dry Brush Color Application

Paper Crafts
Ice Fishing Decoy Scrapbook Tags
Celtic Bird Paper Bag Project
Scroll Backgammon Board Project
Working Colored Pencils in Layers
Scrapbook Fishing Tags

Quilt Crafts
Fretwork Butterfly Quilt Art Project
Marker Painted Quilt Squares

Scroll Saw
Scroll Sawed Layered Santa

Gourd Art
Wood Spirit Gourd Art by Lora Irish
Gourd Art
Braided Raffia Gourd Rim
Wood Spirit Gourd Mask
Wood Spirit Gourd Pencil Jar


Animal and Wildlife Patterns
Birds and Waterfowl Patterns
Botanical and Flower Patterns
Celtic Knot, Viking Animals Patterns
Dragons, Gargoyles Patterns
Furniture and Architectural Designs
Holiday Pattern Packs
Landscape & Farm Scenes Patterns
Lines, Corners, and Finials Patterns
Mantel Boards Patterns
Mythological Pattern Packages
Nautical, Seascapes Patterns
New Pattern Package Releases
Oak, Grape, and Fruit Patterns
Oriental Pattern Packs
Pencil Drawings Pyro Packs
Religious Themes
Signs, Frames & Borders Patterns
Spirit People, Angles Pattern Packs
Steam Punk and Trendy Designs
Western, Cowboys, and Indians
Wood Spirits and Green Men
Download PDF e-Project Books
US, Americana Pattern Packs
Carving and Pyrography eProjects
Carving and Pyrography eProjects


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It’s Snowing!

Christmas card pyrography projectIt’s snowing here in Mount Airy, Maryland.  We already have 2″ and it is suppose to snow for the rest of the day.  So, it’s time to break out the hobbies and craft supplies and have a little fun.

NEW!  Christmas – Holiday Card Snowmen Pyrography
Make your own Christmas cards with this quick and easy Snowmen wood burning project which uses colored pencils.

Scroll Saw Layer Santa Claus
Try your hand at a layered scroll saw cutting with this classic fun Santa Claus pattern.

Country Snowman and Santa Wood Carving
If you enjoy wood carving this free online project has two free patterns – one snowman and one Santa Claus.

And, just for extra fun here is a free printable Old World Saint Nicholas – pattern and drawing – for your wood carving, wood burning, or scroll saw work.  Click on any image on this blog for a larger, full sized pattern or photo.

Saint NIcholas pattern Saint Nicholas drawing
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