Gift shopping for the woodworker in your family? We took the time to come up with some thoughtful, unique wood carving gift ideas for any budget. Here are our 2021 favorites.
And, a little bonus surprise. If you use code GIFT2021 at checkout, you'll get 15% off all Schaaf Tools products (not just the ones on this list).
“The Stocking Stuffers” - Wood Carving Gifts Under $30
Relief Carving Lessons from Madcarver - $9.99 and up
Learn relief carving from one of the best relief carvers we know - Randy "Madcarver" Stoner. Randy makes some amazing art (his artwork also would make an amazing gift, but doesn't fit in the stocking stuffer category. You can check that out on his site as well). On his website find beginner carving tutorials for the budding woodcarver. Private lessons are also available!
Relief Carving Pattern Packs from Lora S. Irish: 3 for $25
Carving legend Lora S. Irish offers your choice of three themed pattern packs for $25. Most packs include at least 10 patterns of varying themes and skill level. While they make excellent relief carving patterns, they can also be used for pyrography or even as adult coloring pages. Above we mentioned inspiration to get into the workshop...look no further!
ST High Performance Cut-Resistant Safety Gloves: $16
What better way to tell someone you love them by protecting their hands (there might be better ways, but just nod and smile anyways). These versatile, multi-use Safety Gloves from Schaaf Tools will do just that. Carvers often don't wear gloves because they compromise dexterity. These carving gloves, however, were just featured in Woodcarving Illustrated because of their comfort and flexibility. This is fantastic, easy stocking stuffer for any woodworker, woodcarver, construction worker or even gardener in your circle.
Tool Sharpening by Dick Belcher: $2 a tool plus shipping
Give the gift of sharp tools. It may sound like a funny gift, but believe me, to any woodworker this gift will receive an A+. For $2 plus the cost of shipping both ways, sharpening expert Dick Belcher will restore an edge to any tool—even kitchen knives and hunting knives. While most carvers can sharpen their own tools, grinding down a chipped edge often gives you pause. And some tools, like V-tools, are trickier than others. Send them to Dick and get them straightened out.
Alexander Grabovetskiy School of Woodcarving, $19.99 a month
Give the gift of education. This a doozy of a class. Treat someone to a one-month subscription to Alexander Grabovetskiy’s online school of woodcarving. Hunker down this winter and learn from literally one of the world’s best carvers. These video-based classes offer a classic European apprenticeship from the comfort of your home. Truly one of the best gifts for woodcarvers.
360/600 Grit Diamond Utility Sharpening Stone - $26.99
Another one that will actually fit in a stocking. And the price is right! This sharpening stone from Schaaf Tools is light, but sturdy. It's a perfect travel stone for a woodworker or carver to keep their tools razor sharp on the go. I also have used mine to sharpen up a kitchen knife or two.
Woodcarving Illustrated One-year U.S. Subscription: $24.99
The gift that gives for an entire year! Get 36% off a 1-year subscription to Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine.
Each quarterly issue is jammed with projects, instructions, photos, tool reviews, tips, and techniques. Expert guidance from the world’s most talented carvers helps you to complete more projects and hone your skills. Subscribe at:
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Schaaf Tools 400/1000 Grit Diamond Sharpening Stone: $52.99
This premium sharpening set allows you to transform even the dullest tool into a champion class carving tool. This tool, along with a strop and stropping compound, will put your tools in carving condition quickly and easily. The stone requires no maintenance (soaking, flattening, or oil) and comes with a non-skid universal stone base with three premium rubber stops. The base keeps the tool where you want it.
The Complete Lora S. Irish Pattern Collection: $79 download, $97 thumbdrive
The ultimate gift of patterns for a carving fan, this collection includes more 2,500 patterns, as well as two e-books valued at 12.95 each: “Easy Steps to Sharpening” and “Introduction to Pyrography.” You will never run out of patterns with this set that includes 141 themed pattern packs ranging from fantasy creatures and wood spirits to landscapes and flowers.
Epoxy Ocean MDF Starter Kit from Bear Woods: $84
Bear Woods has taken the guess work out of creating beautiful blue oceans, so even a beginner can dive right in (no pun intended)! This starter kit comes with round coasters, colorants, mixing materials, gloves and epoxy resin. Awesome for anyone who is into arts and crafts, or has seen those super cool epoxy videos on Instagram and wants to give it a try for themselves (me!).
PREMIUM - Hand Sharpened - Schaaf Full Size Wood Carving Tools, Set of 12: $154.99
A quality set of woodcarving gouges is a gift that can last for generations. Get to work carving immediately, because Dick Belcher of Belcher Carving Supply personally hand sharpened each tool in this set of Schaaf Tools Full Size Wood Carving Tools. This premium set was created for carvers who would like their tools professionally honed before purchase. Having your tools professionally sharpened will make future sharpening and maintenance easier because you have a 'template' bevel to follow as you maintain the blades cutting edge.
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Hand Carved Functional Art by Nick at TC TimberArt
You can find gorgeous, unique and functional items for every budget At TC TimberArt. From hand carved pens starting at $25 to exotic wood coffee scoops starting at $75, and even briarwood pipes for $175. Take a peek at Nick’s incredible craftsmanship. You won’t be disappointed.
Rustic Decor and Cookware by Anthony Velicka of AV Carvings
From chainsaw-carved outdoor décor, to hand-carved woodspirits, spoons, and bowls, AV Carvings has a variety of pieces to choose from, and most items are available for less than $50. We love supporting veteran owned businesses, especially when the goods are as beautifully crafted as Anthony’s.
Message him on Instagram @av_carvings
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Lucas Kost Wood Carving & Sculpture
For gorgeously hand- carved Green Men and Wood Spirits, check out Lucas's shop. If you want to take someone's breath away with something awe-inspiring, this is a one of a kind gift that someone special will cherish for a long time!
Holiday Favorites with a Twist by Tim Collins of Tim’s Carved Art
Put an artisan twist on your normal kitchenware gift, with a wonderful piece from Tim Collins. Choose from a Holiday-themed Rolling Pin for around $50 or Santa Wine Bottle Stoppers for $35. Give the gift of unique seasonal offerings. These are awesome, so be sure to check them out.
Spoons and Wall Décor by Tim Gochenour of ShenandoahCarvingCo
Tim uses greenwood carving methods to make spoons and wall décor, all by hand. His work goes fast, mostly through word of mouth and social media, so check out his Etsy store and see what's still available!