A lot of people aren’t exactly sure what to start with whenever they begin wood carving. For starters, it all depends WHAT you want to carve.
Since there are several methods of wood carving, I’d suggest checking out our guide to find out what method suits your preference.
Don’t forget the most important tool for wood carving!
Wood Carving Designs
It can be a little overwhelming starting to carve, mainly because you might not be sure exactly where to start.
Doesn’t matter where you start, focus more on just starting something.
So here are some great wood carving designs for beginners:
Whittle a whistle! Probably one of the most simple things to do, although some practice is required to get good at making them. It still offers a project to start where basic cutting styles will be implemented. Check out the different cutting techniques here:
Literally just pick up a good looking stick and jump into carving your whistle!
Many beginners start out with making something they can use afterwards. The ever so popular item being a wooden spoon (you can also do spatulas) which is an awesome idea. You can use it for yourself, sell it, or even use it as a gift (if it looks good enough).
Wood carving spoons has become an art form more than anything and with the amount of modifying features wood carving allows its no wonder why people start with carving spoons.
Find out how to carve a spoon with our >>Top Leading Spoon Carving Guide
Uses the same principles as carving a spoon except using a larger chunk of wood.
Aesthetically pleasing result while giving you practice for basic whittling cuts. Very simple design to create.
Here’s one meant for beginners:
Simple enough. Not near as many features as the first but it definitely is a starting point!
Carving animals is great for beginners since you begin detailing identifying features like eyes and various shapes.
Go grab some paint and add color to your new wood carving designs!
Start carving gifts for people or decorating your house with little random ornaments after you get familiar with carving animals!
You can also carve original ornaments for Christmas time!
Yes, a hand carved yoda. It goes to show how versatile wood carving designs can be once you have an idea in mind.
Chess pieces are insanely easy to make and add character to. You’ll need to carve them from small blocks of wood you can purchase on Amazon.
Chip Carving Designs
Create a detailed pattern onto a basswood board!
This example uses various other techniques utilized in chip carving like straight lines, three point chip, and curved lines.
You can find out more about this technique of carving here:
Here’s a more simple idea of what you can do with this model for wood carving designs
This coaster was cut out using whittling tools and the ingrained pattern implemented whittling. A popular combination for a really cool, simple idea for beginners.
Carve wood spirits into branches or sticks you find while camping! Of course this takes some careful detail, but with time comes experience.
Carve little gnomes for your front yard or kitchen area.
You can also begin creating various of your own designs from oddly shaped wood. Spiral designs are simple enough yet still complex to give you a challenge and rewarding all at the same time!