Free Wood Carving & Pyrography Projects

I wanted to share this week a few of the free wood carving and pyrography projects that I have here on – many can become fantastic holiday gifts for you, your friends, and your family!

For the complete listing for free projects here at please click on the listings in the nav bar above – wood carving, pyrography, and crafts.

Your First Wood CarvingYour First Wood Carving (Posted on our Pattern Store)

This in-depth tutorial is available to read online or as a PDF download, and will take you through the basics of our beloved craft of carving.  It is a 16-page project which explores carving wood, carving tools, how to transfer your pattern, basic cutting strokes and so much more.





Pyrography Leather JournalPyrography Leather Journal (Posted on our Pattern Store)

Leather is a wonderful media for your pyrography work, making that piece of vegetable dyed leather into an artist’s journal is even more fun.  Learn the basic step by steps used to wood burn a feathered griffon cover, how to cut the artist paper pages, and the lacing steps to bind this perfect holiday gift for any diarist or budding artist.




Henna Tattoo Moon Face PlaqueHenna Tattoo Moon and Sun

This fun pyrography project takes several hours to complete the entire wood burning.  But you might consider using just a small portion of the free pattern as the geometric border to create a frame for a mirror or photograph.





wood burning Celtic knotsPostage Stamps

Do you have a philatelic – a stamp collector – in your family or do you have a middle school student that is studying geography? Then this free pyrography project is just for you.  Learn the steps on how to burn a Celtic knot pattern, pointillism burned shading, and fine line detailing as you work this free pattern.  With a household drill and three loose leaf binder rings you can quickly turn two sheets of 1/8″ birch plywood into a stamp collecting album that is specially made for your holiday giving.




Irish-0187Wood Spirit Cane Topper Carving

Wood Spirits are a classic carving project.  Use them as stand-alone 3-dimensional carvings or use them as cane toppers for your walking sticks, talking sticks, and hiking poles.  Learn how in this free step by step instructions of how to carve the wood spirit face taught by Lora Irish.




How to dry brush paint a relief wood carvingMule Deer and Arrow Relief Carving Plaque

Relief carving is still my favorite style of wood carving.  This Mule Deer and Arrow design will show you the tips and techniques for creating your own version of an American Native design.  Includes steps on relief carving, wood burning on carvings, and dry brushing acrylic paints.




wood carving supplies and toolsBeginner’s Wood Carving Tool and Supplies Kit

This in-depth, four page post takes a close look at my personal carving kit.  It includes carving tool sets, bench knives, sanding equipment, tracing supplies, and safety tools and gloves.  Browse through the listing to see what you already have on hand, and what items you might want to add to your Santa list.


Gourd Art MaskFree Gourd Art Mask Project (Posted at our Patterns Store)

Not sure what you can make this holiday season for that young adult on your shopping list.  How about a Steam Punk Gourd Art Mask made with scraps of cut gourd and those odds and ends craft supplies that you have stashed away!




creating a sepia value tone scale from a photograph for wood burningLight and Shadow in Photography used in Pyrography

This step by step tutorial is a detailed look at how to interrupt light, reflections, shadows, and cast shadow in both the photographs we use in wood burning and in the burning itself – a great beginner’s resource and a strong advanced burners review.



Levels in Relief Wood CarvingLevels in Relief Wood Carving (Posted on our Pattern Store)

Learning how to establish and divide a tracing patterns into levels and layers of depth makes relief carving so much easier for any wood-carver.  This step by step tutorial will show you how to discover what elements of a pattern are in your background, mid-ground, foreground, or worked at the original level of the plaque.

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