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Wood Carving Free Projects, Lora Irish Books

Wood Carving Free Projects, Lora Irish Books



cane, walking stick, and wizard wand carving
Wood Carving Walking Sticks, Introduction

Wood Carving Walking Sticks – Adding Extras
Wood Carving Walking Sticks – Common Tree Species
Wood Carving Walking Sticks – Harvesting
Wood Carving Walking Sticks, Gluing Your Joint
Wood Carving Walking Sticks, How to Clamp Your Cane Handle
Wood Carving Walking Sticks, How to Join Your Cane Handle
Wood Carving Walking Sticks, Working with Bamboo
Free Mountain Man Cane Carving Pattern



Twistie Stick Snake Carving by Lora Irish

Relief Carving Workshop by Lora S. IrishTwistie Stick Snake Cane Carving, Day 5
Twistie Stick Snake Cane Carving, Day 4
Twistie Stick Snake Cane Carving, Day 3
Twistie Stick Snake Cane Carving, Day 2
Twistie Stick Snake Carving Free Project
Walking Stick and Cane Handle Joinery
Wood Carving Walking Sticks



free walking stick wood carving project
Introduction to Cane Carving

Wildlife Carving in ReliefThe Basic Construction Used In Cane Carving
The Basic Joinery Used In Cane Carving
Adding a Leather String Grip to your Cane Carving





Four Methods to Cutting a Wooden Spoon Blank

Spoon, Fork, and Ladle Styles for Wood Carving
The Art of Spoon Carving by Lora S. Irish
Wood Carving a Basic Wooden Spoon
Styles of Wood Carved Spoons
Welsh Love Spoons
Welsh Love Spoons Introduction
Basic Cutting Techniques
Carving A Chain and Ball
Ball and Cage Carving



Lora S Irish blog Site Map
Wood Carving Fish Decoysfinishing and paintinf techniques for wood

Sun Fish Decoy
Ice Fishing Decoy Gallery Two
Ice Fishing Fish Decoy Gallery



Mule Deer Relief Carving Free Project by Lora Irish
Working in Levels – Mule Deer Relief Wood Carving Project
Shaping the Mule Deer – Mule Deer Relief Wood Carving Project
Wood Burning the Mule Deer Details
Dry Brush Painting – Mule Deer Relief Wood Carving Project




Relief Wood Carving Canada Goose Project
North American Wildlife Patterns for the Scroll Saw by Lora S IrishRelief Wood Carving Canada Goose Project, Part One
Relief Wood Carving Canada Goose Project, Part Two
Relief Wood Carving Canada Goose Project Part Three
Relief Wood Carving Canada Goose Project Part Four




Tiki Chess Set by Lora Irish

Great Book of Fairies by Lora S Irish

Tiki Chess Set, Beginner’s Carving Project

Classic Carving Patterns by Lora S IrishRussian Birch Bark Carving




101 Artistic Relief Patterns by Lora S IrishAltered Art Wood Carving



Wood Carving Celtic Dragon 3
Wood Carving Celtic Dragon 2
Wood Carving Celtic Dragon 1


Chip Carving
Free Chip Carving Wood Carving Pattern
Free Chip Carving Projects by L S Irish
Back to the Basics of Wood Carving
Chip Carving Common Mistakes
Chip Carving – Sampler Layout Pattern
Chip Carved Chess and Game Board
Chip Carving – Straight-Wall, Curve-Wall, Free Form
Chip Carving – Cutting Triangle and Square Chips
Chip Carving Hand Positions and Grips
Chip Carving Graphed Patterns
Chip Carving Supplies
Chip Carving Seminar
Free Chip Carving Pattern
Sharpening Your Chip Knives
Positive and Negative Space in Chip Carving
Chip Carving Shortbread Cookies
Sharpening Your Chip Knives

Carving the Relief Wood Spirit

Wood Grain with Acrylics and Oil Stain
Dry Brush and Rouging the Wood Spirit Face






More Technique and General Instructions





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L S Site Map

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Wood Carving, Relief Carving, Whittling, Fish Decoy Carving, Wood Spirit Carving

Pyrography, Wood Burning, Gourd Art Burning


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Pyrography Leather Boot Belt Project

Pyrography Leather Boot Belt Project

Learn in this free, online pyrography project how easy it is to add pyrography burnings to small leather boot belts, leather belts, and leather wrist bands.  Step-by-step instruction and free wood burning patterns.


Our leather burning project comes from my pyrography book, Art of Leather Burning. It joins Landscape PyrographyGreat Book of Wood BurningThe Little Book of Wood BurningPyrography Basics,  and Arts and Crafts Pyrography, in my wood burning library. All Available at

Pyrography Leather Boot Belt, Part One Construction

Pyrography Leather Boot Belt, Part Two, Leather Burning


Other pyrography leather wrist bands, and boot belts found in Art of Leather Burning.

Adding bead links to your pyrography leather belts is as
easy as working a line of small holes using an awl.  The bead links
can then be threaded to your leather using a jump ring.


This set of wrist bands use readily available jewelry findings to create
the end clamps, lobster hooks, and split rings.


Wrist bands can be thin, as shown above, or made as a miniature
belt with multiple holes to fit any friend.


This boot belt uses an American Indian design.


Hope you enjoyed this free, online pyrography leather project.  For more fun please visit:

Leather Burned Jewlery

Leather Purse Pyrography, Greenman

Leather Purse Pyrography, Double-Needle Stitching

Pyrography Leather Journal

Pyrography Leather Bullet Journal

For more boot belt pyrography pattern ideas, pleases visit our pattern website at


The Passing of Loved Ones

The Passing of Loved Ones

I am so saddened to share the news of my husband Michael’s passing in early May, 2019; and my mother Dortha’s death in mid-July, nine weeks later.

Michael has been my lover of 45 years, husband of 42, my dearest friend since the day I met him, and the father of our son for 34 years.

You know him as the driving force behind,, and major participant in the numerous books, tutorials, and teachings that we have shared with the carving, pyro, and craft communities.

In 1997, Mike, an experienced woodworker and woodworking tool collector, created our first website and took my art and my love of teaching out to the world. He created the opportunity for us to share our lives – both as partners in love and partners in business together here in our home studio.  His empty desk is just ten feet away from the kitchen coffee pot,  twenty feet from our sitting spot on the back porch, and ten feet away from my craft table.

Mike was the one who answered the phone, at 11 pm, and talked you through your first experiences in downloading from the internet.  He patiently walked you through so many exasperating problems – how to open a zip file, where you could get a free graphics program, and why you couldn’t download to your IPad – we all experienced as new computer users, new carvers, and new home business people.

He would help anyone with any problem, and if he didn’t know the answer he would stay with you on the phone until the two of you figured it out.

I can still hear him in the early hours of the morning, on the phone, talking with someone on the US West coast on how to set up and use their new printer … his laughter filling the house as he freely shared his knowledge with you as well as your emotional ups and downs as a new computer user.

His voice is still here in my posts to the forums, Facebook groups, and my blog where he is in the background dictating, editing, and adding juicy little tid-bits of information as I frantically try to type fast enough to keep up with him.

Mike once stopped me in my furious typing to ask me which finger I used to type with … he was holding up his two index fingers.  I laughed, and had to explain to him that I used all ten.   After that if he need to type anything longer than three sentences he summonsed me with a “Susie!

Often, without complaint and without any envy or jealousy, he had to take the back seat to my growing career and my public face on the net and through publications.  He did so with a smile and with constant encouragement to me.  And he is the only man for whom I would drop anything I was doing just because he needed another cup of coffee.

He would have been 64 years old this week, but he passed far too soon … I could have done another life time with him.


My Mom’s death followed Mike’s nine weeks later.  She made it one day past her 94th birthday, a major feat considering the pain and illnesses from which she suffered.  Mike and I were blessed that she was able to share our home and our lives for 12 years.

It was from my Mom that Mike and I learned the craft trade through her home ceramic business, Dottie’s Art Corner.  I have often shared that while Gloria Steinman and Barbara Milkuski were burning their bras on campus in protest to women’s equality my Mom was already doing ‘It’.

She took her love of crafting from her kitchen table in 1968, when Dad lost his job because of government rifs, to become the largest tri-state ceramic/crafts distributor by the early 80’s.

Her dedication and her selfless efforts totally supported our household, put three of her children through college, at one time employed eight people, and paid for my parent’s retirement home.

Beyond being a great Mom, she was a great role model for whom I am deeply appreciative for all that she shared through her life with me.



Both Mike and Dot died at home through the help and support of the Frederick Co., MD Hospice, who’s program they entered in late February this year.  My son and I are so grateful for their support, and knowledge as we as a family worked through these experiences together.

So if I have been overly quiet this entire year, please know that it was because my focus had to be on them to help them through this last stage of life as easily and comfortably as possible and not because I was ignoring you, my friends and craft companions.

And if I have been slow in sharing this with you, please forgive me as sometimes life does become a touch overwhelming.

Hopefully I am ready to pick myself up and get going again …

Thank you for letting me share this small part of my life with you today.

~Lora “Susie” Irish