Carving Snowflakes

2017-04-08T23:22:11-04:00 November 9th, 2016|

This is a brief introduction to "Carving Snowflakes."

A bonus lesson this week! Let's tackle a quick and easy Christmas project before the holidays. I used a plain cutting board (cheese board) I found at a craft store, but these snowflakes and the techniques I demonstrate can be applied to wooden coasters and place mats for your dinner table, individual tree ornaments, wall hangings, box lid, etc. Give someone a handmade gift of your own creativity.

  • Lesson Contents: Template, tool list, and photo in single episode
  • Type of Wood: White Pine
  • Size: Each snowflake 3-1/2"Dia.
  • Tool List: 4mm v-chisel
  • Skill Level: Basic
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  1. Gordon Bennett December 29, 2016 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Mary, I love your lessons, your patience and humor, I splurged today and purchased the starter tool set. Is the 6 mm v groove tool going to be overkill for this project? I’m going to have hit the flea markets and garage sales for the extra tools. Love the quote from Proverbs.

    • Mary May December 29, 2016 at 10:29 pm - Reply

      Thanks Gordon! I think the 6mm v-chisel should work fine. The only difference is that the outside corner may have a “softer” corner than a smaller v-chisel, so the cuts won’t have as sharp of a “v” shape. Check out for tools. They have just put together several “Mary May” carving tool sets of Pfeil gouges for a very reasonable price. Tell them you are my student and you will get an additional 10% off. I will be announcing this in the newsletter coming up this weekend.

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