Hand Carver

Carve ornamental designs into wooden furniture parts.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $46,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Hand Carvers do?

Carves ornamental designs into wooden furniture parts, using handtools and woodworking machines: Studies sketches and dimensions of ornamental designs submitted by architect, customer, or design department, visualizes finished product, and draws design to scale, using drawing instruments. Transfers design to wooden furniture part by tracing over drawing and carbon paper with stylus. Clamps furniture part in vise and roughs out design freehand or by cutting along lines marked on wood, using chisel and mallet, jigsaw, and router. Selects chisels, gouges, files, and rasps and determines sequence of their use according to intricacy of design. Cuts, trims, or touches up roughed out design, using handtools to finish design. Verifies dimensions of carving, using rule and dividers. Taps stippling tool with mallet to stipple design. May saw precut wooden blocks into rough shaped decorative items, using chain saw and portable power saw. May finish carvings roughed out on router, spindle carver, or wood-carving machine and be designated Skin Carver.


Should I be a Hand Carver?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Carver, Hand, Skin Carver, Wood Carver, Hand

    How to become a Hand Carver

    Most Hand Carvers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:95aaaa&chl=no+college+%2852%25%29|certificate+%2848%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,52,52
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