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Quality woodworking has a way of seeming almost fantastical, like an object of art piece straight out of a fantasy movie. But despite the art form’s age, there are still creative people out there, chiseling, sawing, and sanding wood for our benefit. 

This internet group gathers the most interesting, creative, and downright impressive examples of woodworking. We also got in touch with craftsman George Dirk Britz from Britz Knives, to learn a bit more about creative work. So get comfortable as you scroll through, be sure to upvote your favorites and comment your thoughts below. 

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Bored Panda got in touch with knife-smith George Dirk Britz from Britz Knives to learn more about being a craftsperson and he was kind enough to share about his profession and experience. 

“I'm an artist by nature, and also draw, paint, and sculpt. Always been a knife and weapons nerd, so it just sort of came naturally to want to make knives. Learning the craft of bladesmithing/knife making, YouTube videos, and trial and error. There was an old knife maker near me, so I worked out of his workshop for a while and learned a good few things from him as well.”

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I Carved A Kiwi, His Name Is Fred And He Dreams Of Flying (Walnut And Maple)

I Carved A Kiwi, His Name Is Fred And He Dreams Of Flying (Walnut And Maple)

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Octopus In Juniper, Hand Carved By My Self

Octopus In Juniper, Hand Carved By My Self

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4 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the imperfection that crack adds- makes it perfect!

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So we wanted to hear him talk about his process a bit. “What I found best for me is to figure out your own ways of doing things, as long as it's good practice and still produces great knives. I do research daily basically. It never stops. I'll get an idea of what I want to make, or in some cases the client wants, draw up the design, and then figure out ways to make it.”

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Baby Turtle Emerging From Its Egg. Hand Carved By Me, In Boxwood And Horn Eyes. Hope You Like It, Happy New Year To Everyone Particularly The Loyal Followers! Happy Carving!

Baby Turtle Emerging From Its Egg. Hand Carved By Me, In Boxwood And Horn Eyes. Hope You Like It, Happy New Year To Everyone Particularly The Loyal Followers! Happy Carving!

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4 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

it’s so cute!! i’d absolutely buy this! you should consider starting an Etsy shop if you’d like!

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Grandpa's Cabin Carving Is All Done!

Grandpa's Cabin Carving Is All Done!

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"The Squeeze" Oak, Me, 2020 The Piece That Doesn't Come To Life Till Its Squeezed

"The Squeeze" Oak, Me, 2020 The Piece That Doesn't Come To Life Till Its Squeezed

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Many of the creations here and on George’s Instagram look deeply complicated, the culmination of years of learning, practice, and experimentation. Indeed, many of us hardly make anything physical anymore besides dinner, so the task seems daunting. So we wanted to know how one would even go about starting. “You can basically make a knife with a hand file, hammer, and fire, lol.”

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Black Walnut Joiners Mallet. I Had Been Getting Into Carving, And I Needed A Heavy Mallet For Carving And Mortises. And Then I Found Out About A Maker's Challenge. And I Had Recently Become Slightly Obsessed With Old English And Scottish Tools. This Guy Was Born

Black Walnut Joiners Mallet. I Had Been Getting Into Carving, And I Needed A Heavy Mallet For Carving And Mortises. And Then I Found Out About A Maker's Challenge. And I Had Recently Become Slightly Obsessed With Old English And Scottish Tools. This Guy Was Born

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Just Finished My Shakespeare Bench! The Client Is Deciding On The Titles To Go On The Book Spines

Just Finished My Shakespeare Bench! The Client Is Deciding On The Titles To Go On The Book Spines

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“The minimum to get started I would say is to have a 2 x 72 belt grinder (there are smaller ones but I don't think it's worth it), a bench drill, and then a way to heat treat your blade, like an electric kiln, gas forge or even a coal forge. Proper heat treatment is one of the most important things in this business. Each steel is a little different so a lot of research and also trial and error goes into it,” He shared with Bored Panda.

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Just Finished This Basswood And Walnut Piranha Plant Carving

Just Finished This Basswood And Walnut Piranha Plant Carving

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Final Result Of My Last Project

Final Result Of My Last Project

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Lastly, he left us with some other tips about how to get into knifemaking, if that suits your fancy. “There are many bladesmiths that have open anvil/forge days where people can go there and try it out for the first time or, to keep learning more and improve their skills. Probably a good place to start.” You can find more of George’s creations on his Instagram page

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From Cottonwood Bark Chunks To The Finished Carvings - My Latest Whimsical Houses

From Cottonwood Bark Chunks To The Finished Carvings - My Latest Whimsical Houses

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Pls Rate C: First Time On Reddit. Carved This Deer A Couple Of Months Ago

Pls Rate C: First Time On Reddit. Carved This Deer A Couple Of Months Ago

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Humans have been carving pieces of wood for over ten thousand years, as the oldest wooden sculpture that has been found is thought to have been made around twelve thousand years ago. Called the Shigir Idol or Shigir Sculpture, it depicts a face atop a long, wooden pole. Researchers believe that stone tools were used to fell the tree and carve out this ritual object. 

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I Hand Carved This Ebony Gorilla With Amber Eyes And Boxwood Bananas

I Hand Carved This Ebony Gorilla With Amber Eyes And Boxwood Bananas

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Small Carved Wooden Animals

Small Carved Wooden Animals

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Polarbear In Ash - First Carving That's Not A Spoon

Polarbear In Ash - First Carving That's Not A Spoon

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While the annual rings from the tree (a larch) are still visible on the Idol, those ancient humans did take the time to carve out “ribs” and facial features to designate that this represents a human or humanoid figure. Some anthropologists note that the arrangement of the idol is similar to Native American totem poles. 

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The Mandalorian. Mudhorn Skull. Wood Carving

The Mandalorian. Mudhorn Skull. Wood Carving

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Trying To Take Pride In Something For A Change: 130 Unique, Handcarved Pieces In No Particular Order; 8 Months Part-Time, 2 Months Full-Time, 2 Significant Injuries And A Whole Lot Of Deprastination

Trying To Take Pride In Something For A Change: 130 Unique, Handcarved Pieces In No Particular Order; 8 Months Part-Time, 2 Months Full-Time, 2 Significant Injuries And A Whole Lot Of Deprastination

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4 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh I love all of them! I can relate the the deprastination. The 8-pointed star on the left is my favorite. I’m sure all us Pandas will find a favorite one.

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In general, woodworking is among the oldest of human “hobbies” although we have to assume much of it was practical. Nevertheless, items like the Shigir Idol do indicate that some early humans took time out of their day to make something without a tangible benefit. This means that the artistic spirit that many of the creators in this list possess is a time-honored human tradition. 

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Hello! I Am A Beginner Woodcarver Exploring The Wonderful World Of Reddit. Here's One Of My Newest In-Progress Pieces To Prove Myself :d

Hello! I Am A Beginner Woodcarver Exploring The Wonderful World Of Reddit. Here's One Of My Newest In-Progress Pieces To Prove Myself :d

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Carved A Small Handful Of Desert Rain Frogs Out Of Maple, White Oak, And Black Walnut! Love These Chunky Little Guys! Hope Y'all Do Too!

Carved A Small Handful Of Desert Rain Frogs Out Of Maple, White Oak, And Black Walnut! Love These Chunky Little Guys! Hope Y'all Do Too!

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Our ancestors were often a lot more creative than we might give them credit for. Unfortunately, wood is a lot harder to preserve than metal or stone, meaning that a lot of early woodwork is irreversibly lost. Nevertheless, archeologists have found everything from coffins to folding chairs, all made in pre-metal cultures. Many existing examples are from ancient Egypt, where wooden creations would be preserved in tombs. 

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I Am Newbie To Just About Everything With That Being Reddit, "Art", Carving, And Just Life In General😝. Here Is The Latest Piece I've Made... It Is Inspired By Salvador Dali's "Persistence Of Memory"

I Am Newbie To Just About Everything With That Being Reddit, "Art", Carving, And Just Life In General😝. Here Is The Latest Piece I've Made... It Is Inspired By Salvador Dali's "Persistence Of Memory"

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Mother Bear And The Plump Rabbit

Mother Bear And The Plump Rabbit

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I Carved A Tiny Backpack For My Backpack

I Carved A Tiny Backpack For My Backpack

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So if you are feeling inspired, perhaps look into a class or just get a knife, some wood and start whittling. If you truly do hate it, you’ll find out pretty quickly, but you may also discover that you actually love it. And if you are in the mood for more woodworking creations, Bored Panda has got you covered, check out our other article on creative woodworking designs

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Sun Flower

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4 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know it's a sunflower, but I immediately heard "out of bed, you daisy-head!" when I saw it.

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Rattlesnake, Hand Carved In Boxwood, Horn Eyes And Rattle, And Silver Tongue

Rattlesnake, Hand Carved In Boxwood, Horn Eyes And Rattle, And Silver Tongue

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Bald Eagle, Northern White Cedar

Bald Eagle, Northern White Cedar

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The Covid Devil. Carved With Power Tools, Finished With Hand Tools, Torched Lightly, Oiled. Oc Covid Summer Project, Off And On Since July

The Covid Devil. Carved With Power Tools, Finished With Hand Tools, Torched Lightly, Oiled. Oc Covid Summer Project, Off And On Since July

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Not The Best Photos, But I Have Just About Finished The Carving On This Curly Walnut Bison. One Piece, 30 Knives And Gouges, ~100 Hours, Two Sore Hands

Not The Best Photos, But I Have Just About Finished The Carving On This Curly Walnut Bison. One Piece, 30 Knives And Gouges, ~100 Hours, Two Sore Hands

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Carved This Miniature Antler Out Of Rosewood

Carved This Miniature Antler Out Of Rosewood

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My First Whittling Project, A Whale Shark!

My First Whittling Project, A Whale Shark!

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I Messed Up His Hat, So I Turned Him In To A Biker Santa 🎅

I Messed Up His Hat, So I Turned Him In To A Biker Santa 🎅

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A Dwarf Carved From Basswood And Walnut - Carved By Me

A Dwarf Carved From Basswood And Walnut - Carved By Me

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Fairly New To Carving, My Three First Projects From Left To Right. Hope Sanding Isn't Blasphemous

Fairly New To Carving, My Three First Projects From Left To Right. Hope Sanding Isn't Blasphemous

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