L S Irish Mission Statement

My husband, Michael, and I began our studio on the web in 1997 – 24 years ago.  Our first website was FineArtDog Prints.com, followed within a few months with CarvingPatterns.com.  Over these two decades so much has changed, expanded, and even exploded over the internet.  So I thought today was a good day to review and reconfirm my Mission Statement for all of my websites  and to you, my readers.

This free pattern is a sample of my
commitment to my Mission Statement.
These are two decorative Wedding Spoon free
patterns that can be worked in basswood, a soft wood that is readily available at your local craft store, and carved with a basic, general set of carving tools.

Nothing extra special is needed to make these
spoons nor is the wood we will be using so hard that you simply give up …


Who am I?

  1.  My name is Lora S Irish and 24 years ago I never thought that where I am today is where life and you would take me.  I started out, just like everyone else, as a kitchen table crafter. It is your friendships and interests that have guided my life.
  2. My formal training is as a fine artist, focusing on oil painting, which I received from the University of Maryland. I fulfilled my fine art training through Limited Edition Art Prints.
  3. My craft and hobby background foundation comes from my parents who truly believed ‘why buy it when its more fun to make it!’
  4. I have tried just about every craft, especially what were called the Women’s Arts, that  there is.  My favorites, those crafts that I constantly return to, are wood carving, and wood burning.
  5. My vocation is that of a published author, website owner, craft pattern creator, and experienced craftswoman.
  6. My avocation is that of a teacher.  FreeDictionary.com defines advocator as ‘ One that argues for a cause; a supporter or defender: an advocate of civil rights.’
  7. My cause, my focus, my goals … Teaching the newest beginner how to get started in our crafts. As a long time teacher I still believe that the most important person in the seminar room is the newest newbie and getting them off on a strong foundation of knowledge while helping them find success is the greatest task I have.
  8.  I am reconfirming my believe that by teaching the very basics to our crafts, I can help our crafts and hobbies to expand, spread, and grow.
  9. By teaching and focusing on an in-depth look at the basic skills will give you a foundation from which you can build a lifetime of joy in your arts.

Who is my student?

  1. By focusing on the newest of hobbyists.  My student is the person that has no idea what the difference is between a round gouge, scoop, sweep, or fishtail. They are the ones that have no idea what 5/4 wood is, how to identify end grain, or what a push v. pull or paring stroke means.
  2. My student is the one that doesn’t yet know that nib and pen tip mean the same thing or that a sepia scale is simply a black to white scale done in brown.
  3. My student is the one that writes me saying, “I haven’t done any hobbies since high school, so how do I start?”
  4. And my student is the one who emails, “Where do I buy wood?” or “How do I get the pattern onto the wood?”

How do I achieve my self-chosen purpose?

  1. I will remain focused on the basic techniques that a beginner needs to learn to grow in their hobby.
  2. I will shared these techniques through my blog postings, FaceBook postings, and forum postings, trying to make the basics fully free and accessible to everyone who is interested.
  3. I will continue to recommend wood burning units and tool sets that can get a beginner started without breaking the bank.  And I will recommend tools and burning units that are usable over the wide variety of art styles these hobbies offer.
  4. I will continue to give away free patterns, and free instructions that will get a beginner started.
  5. I will leave the teaching of intermediate, advanced, and expert knowledge and technique to those that are far more capable than I.
  6. And I will tailor my projects so that the newest crafter will not be overwhelmed by all the areas of information they will one day acquire.    Focusing on making each and every project one that a new craftsman with limited tools can create and earn the joyous calls of their family and friends of, “You Made That?!?”

Things I will not do!

  1. I will not recommend tools that are either specific to one style of craft and can not be used anywhere else in our hobby.  I won’t recommend a curved hook knife that is specific to spoon and bowl carving when a basic round chisel will do nicely to get you going.
  2. I will not insist that you learn to sharpen your carving knife before you have made you very first cutting stroke. Nor will I demand that you fully understand when to chose varnish, polyurethane or BLO finished before you finish your first carving.
  3. And finally, I will not recommend the hardest of woods, no matter what the style of carving, when a soft wood will get you going to learn the basics to your tools, to your cutting strokes, and to your new craft.

Mission Statement 2021 – Get a knife in one of your hands and the wood in the other, let you see how to make the basic cuts and strokes, and I will do that with my personal goal of helping you have quick, well earned success in your new hobby.

Thank you for reading ~ Lora S Irish

Free Wood Carving, Pyrography, Painting PDF Files


Thirteen free downloads, zip files, and pdf files
for your favorite hobbies
wood carving , wood burning, pyrography,
adult coloring, colored pencils, quilting, gourd art

Pyrography Pen Tips by Irish

Pyrography Pen Tips by Irish



Wildlife Cameo Free Pattern Pack 2017


Pyrography Holiday Ornaments, Free PDF

Pryography Holiday Ornaments by Irish


Irish Free 2015 Pattern Pack

free wood carving pyrography craft patterns



Easy Steps to Bench Knife Sharpening

Just another free pattern by Lora S Irish – Happy Halloween
Click on the image for a free full-sized tracing pattern

Color Wheel 101 by Irish


Levels in Relief Wood Carving


Summer 2013 Quilt Project

Free Fretwork Butterfly Quilt Project by Lora Irish


Shadow and Light in Pyrography


Your First Carving by LS Irish

freen man relief carving by Lora Irish


Just another free pattern for your chip carving by Lora Irish
Click on image for a full-sized pattern


Walking Stick Joinery by Irish

oil finishes for wood carving


How to Download

Click on the link above for a printable set of instructions.

The link above is a Freebie Pattern Package which you can use to learn how to download, extract, and print our patterns.

  1. Click on the link above.
  2. A Window will pop up titled: Opening Irish-Free-2015-Pattern-Pack.zip.
    In that window select “Save File”, not “Open With”. In the bottom right hand area of the Window select “Save”.
  3. A new Window will pop up that has the directory to your computer. That window will want to save the file in “Your Downloads”. You can select another area in your computer to save the file. In the left nav area of the window, scroll up and click on “My Desktop”. Chose where In the bottom right of the window select “Save”.
  4. Minimize your browser by clicking the line button in the upper right hand corner of the screen. This will drop the browser window down so that you can check your Desktop to see if the zip file is there. Sometimes the icon for a zip file or downloaded PDF file does not show up on your Desktop even though your computer downloaded the file. If you don’t see your zip file move your cursor into any empty space on your Desktop and right-hand click. This will open a small menu Window. From that menu select “Refresh”. This will reload your Desktop view and your icon should appear. If you still don’t see your zip icon then go check “My Downloads” as it may be there.
  5. Place your cursor on the zip icon and right-hand click. A Window will pop up, select “Extract All”.
  6. A new Window will pop up which allows you to decide where to extract the file, I usually chose to extract it as the file tells me in the location portion of this window. Select “Extract”.
  7. After the package is extracted you should have a new Window that shows the opened file folder. You can click on that folder, open the file and begin printing your patterns. You should also have two files on your Desktop now, one is the original zip file, and the other the extracted, open folder. Save the zip file to “My Downloads” or “My Documents”, you can open this file over and over again. Save the opened folder to whatever folder system you use for your craft projects and patterns.
  8. Note – If you double left-hand click on an un-extracted zip file you will see a folder window and you can see the patterns inside that folder. But since the file has not been extracted you can not print. So, if you can’t print you probably have not extracted the zip.
  9. Email me, Contact Us in the top nav bar, and I will help you through the process!

Redwork Embroidery Patterns

Redwork Embroidery Patterns and Redwork Embroidery Quilts

Let’s take a 1740 discovery, an 1920’s embroidery style, a 1950’s Retro Owl pattern, and today’s trends of adding establishments to our needle arts and see what we come up with.

Around 1850 in the United States the Redwork  embroidery style began because of an amazing process that created a colorfast red dyed for cotton fibers.  Colorfast means that the dye in the thread would not fade, wash out, or cause the dye to bleed onto the background fabric.

Today, Redwork is seeing a serge in popularity and has
begun branching out from traditional, vintage, and antique patterns.
My owl is worked, centered, on a 16″ square of muslin, which fits
a 12″ frame and allows extra fabric to turn over the frame’s
backboard.  The owl pattern measures 9″ high x 8″ wide.

Retro Owls Pattern Package

Read more here ….

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





Lora S Irish blog Site Map

L S Irish.com Site Map

Discover the numerous free online projects, patterns, and tutorials available at LSIrish.com.

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

Pyrography, Wood Burning, Gourd Art Burning


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