Watch more Great Craft Ideas videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/117-Great-Craft-Ideas Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Learn how to carve wood with these easy, step-by-step instructions. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Select a tree branch Find a dead tree and cut a branch that is roughly the size of the object you intend to make Tip Hardwoods are best for objects without much detail; softwoods are better for greater detail. Step 2: Remove the bark Remove the bark and outer growth from the branch with a sharp knife. Cut away small shavings as you slide the knife in the direction of the wood grain and away from your body. Smooth away splinters, ridges, or knots with sandpaper, but don't oversand the wood. Step 3: Rough out your design Cut away chunks of wood with the knife to rough out your design. Use the point of your knife to make a cut, and then make a second cut parallel to it so that the second cut slants toward the first. Then remove the piece to be cut out. Step 4: Add details Make small cuts as you add details. Work slowly while holding the knife with a loose grip. Tip Don't try to achieve perfection as you work. Wood carving is not an exact science. Step 5: Finish the object Smooth and finish the object by dragging the unsharpened back of the blade over the wood. Did You Know? Did you know? Contrary to legend, George Washington's false teeth were not made of wood. They were fashioned from the tusks of a hippopotamus.
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