After having fun playing around quite alot with dremel bits for wood carving, I had the opportunity to develop some familiarity with rotary tools, and eventually found myself using them for many of my dremel wood carving projects. It’s good at speeding up the carving process, which is notorious (and incredibly rewarding) for being time consuming with hand tools. However, power carving itself is an art form, and has a bit of a learning curve, and requires some time before you can effectively use it. For one reason or another, finding any sort of wood carving ideas with dremel, resources, or outlines to use as a guide are few and far between.
Sure, workshops help plenty, but I found some free online alternatives that have designs, are easy to follow, demonstrate useful techniques, and have detailed explanations to help new comers.
Wood Carving Ideas With Dremel
For the better part of this year, I have been using YouTube as resource for expanding my knowledge, and experience, with rotary tools. One of the channels I avidly check is CarvingandSuch, can’t find much information regarding the account that makes the videos, but the guy almost exclusively uses rotary tools for carving.
Take a look at this beautiful wooden carved owl as a dremel project.
This is a still from one of his more popular videos where he uses both a Foredom and a Dremel throughout the video (both are highly recommended as best dremel tools for wood carving). There are a few videos of him doing 3d structures, but most are carvings that are shaped into the wood, like the one above.
Other walk-through videos I suggest:
Regardless, there’s plenty of videos to check out that benefit as a reference for various shaping ideas, and techniques to try out. The videos are pretty straight forward, and jump right into the project.
Carving Fusion Dremel Wood Carving
Another, perhaps more polished, channel that has plenty of informative videos is Carving Fusion, an account ran by a carver named Jordy Johnson. He goes in depth on carving tips, taking care of your tools, etc. But also has tutorial videos.
Wood spirits are his dremel wood carving specialty, and his tutorials on making them don’t have much preparation before starting. In this one, he’s able to pick up what looks like a branch you would find on the ground, and make a wood spirit in 6 minutes. For new comers, or those without a firm grasp on the ins-and-outs of rotary tools, I would suggest watching his dremel beginner series for carving spirits. It’s super easy to follow along with, and doesn’t go too fast. You will see him take his time explaining things in detail before moving forward. There’s a lot of useful information he gives throughout the project, so a lot of what he says will only help you get better.
Jonas Olsen Woodcraft Dremel Projects
As you progress, you will naturally start to develop your own inspirations and designs to try out, but even that is a process itself. Basically, the idea is to draw your design on paper, glue it to the wood, and go to work. Jonas Olsen Woodcraft has a great video on this whole process where he carves an owl pendent from scratch, literally from start to finish. Almost all of his videos are carvings he does with rotary tools and are incredibly fun and informative to watch.
He is much more advanced in his demonstrations and his craft. If you simply look at the result of his work, you might wonder why I would even include him as a resource because most of it is almost impossible to do as a beginner. There is a perfectly good explanation for that.
First off, it is a lot less about being able to replicate his work, and more about learning the creative process of wood carving. It is incredibly difficult to create your own work if you don’t know how to form your own blueprints, map out a plan, and execute the job correctly. Jonas’ depth of information is something you’ll just need to soak up and learn for yourself, especially if you are wanting to get better at wood carving with rotary tools.
Additionally, Jonas Olsen has several free PDF templates on his website. That’s certainly not something you often see people giving out without payment.
Anikas DIY Life Dremel Wood Carving
A fantastic website comprised of DIY wood craft projects that aren’t limited to wood carving, but rather building furniture and miscellaneous crafts. I particularly enjoyed her post on the mandala wall art she made with a dremel. Dremel’s (and Foredom’s) have a significant variety of uses, and Anika does a great job bringing the aesthetic designs you can use with rotary tools.
She does have a YouTube channel, however they are not designs exclusive to rotary tools. Instead, they are mainly woodworking and furniture building projects.
More Ideas for Dremel Wood Carving
This elegant little tree could work well as a beginner dremel wood carving pattern.
As far as dremel art goes, this snail, with it’s finer antennae, smooth rounded shell and skin patterning work is probably a step up in complexity as a DIY dremel project for a beginner.
Here’s an example of what a professional can create. Simply admire this dremel wood carving fine art work in an intricate statue. Not sure I’ll ever reach this level of artisan wood carving work. But hey? It’s always great to aspire to improve and this is certainly inspiration for me.
As you can see, in terms of creative options, dremel wood carving is really only limited by your imagination and time available to dedicate to learning. I hope some of these dremel carving tutorials and pattern examples help guide you. If you are ready to get started but don’t know which rotary carving set to buy, slide on over and read my dremel wood carving tools guide to assist.
Have fun and check back here regularly for updates on our various wood carving ideas and projects.
FAQ and Additional Resources:
- What are the best dremel bits for wood carving? Great question and commonly asked. The real answer is “it depends”, as a wood carver always says. I dived deep into my favourite dremel bits in this guide.
- What is the best dremel tool for wood carving? Really this depends on a few factors like, experience, wood carving project ideas in mind and of course, your budget. There are also great alternatives to dremel like the Foredom and WEN rotary tools. I have covered many of these in my best rotary tool guide.