How to Learn Wood Carving at Home

medieval dragons head wood carving image by thomas owen from

If you are looking for a hobby that allows you to work with your hands, you might want to consider wood carving. Wood working provides you with a Zen state of mind, but also with beautiful pieces of art. Wood carving is not a hobby that you can learn over night, but with patience and the right tools, you can teach yourself wood carving from the comfort of your own home.

Wood carving can produce beautiful works of art, such as this one.
medieval dragons head wood carving image by thomas owen from

Things You'll Need

  • Soft Wood For Carving
  • Band Saw
  • Set Of Wood Carving Tools

Purchase some wood carving books and magazines that include patterns and step-by-step instructions, along with a basic set of wood carving tools and a band saw. Get the best wood carving set that you can afford. You want your tools to last as long as possible. Read these books and magazines to learn the different types of wood carving hobbies and decide on the one that you want to learn.

View videos on that show basic wood carving skills. You can pause the video any time you need more time. You might even create your first work of art using this method. Once you are comfortable with the basics, look for more advanced wood carving videos that you can watch.

Find a project that you would like to conquer in one of your wood carving books or magazines. Take your time and follow the step-by-step instructions to create your carving. With patience and slow, steady movements, you will be carving out a masterpiece in no time.


  • Patience is your friend when learning a new hobby such as wood carving. Learn to sharpen your own tools at home to save time and money. Check your local paper for a wood carving group that you can meet with. When learning wood carving on your own, others who already know the trade can be a valuable resource. You may want to go to a meeting of other wood carvers, or perhaps contact them to ask for advice when you encounter a problem.


  • Wear safety equipment, such as glasses, when you are working with wood to avoid an eye injury.