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Carving is the act of using tools to shape something from a material by scraping away portions of that material. The technique can be applied to any material that is solid enough to hold a piece of equipment when it has been removed. Carving, as a means for making sculpture , is distinct from methods using soft and malleable materials like clay , fruit , and melted glass , which may be shaped into the desired forms while soft and hard. Carving tends to require much more work than methods using malleable materials. [1]

Kinds of carving include:

  • Bone carving
  • Chip carving
  • Fruit carving
  • Gourd carving or gourd art
  • Ice carving or ice sculpture
  • Ivory carving
  • Stone carving
    • Petroglyph
  • Vegetable carving
    • Thaeng yuak (Banana stalk carving)
  • Wood carving
  • Nickel Hobo

See also

  • whittling
  • Sculpture


  1. Jump up^ Daniel Marcus Mendelowitz,Children Are Artists: An Introduction to Children’s Art for Teachers and Parents(1953), p. 136.