Carving arms are one of the best all around fixtures you can have in your
woodcarving shop. These versatile holding devises have been used by
countless woodcarvers over the years to hold all kinds of carving stock.
There is almost no limit to the ways you can adapt a carving arm to your own
style and type of carving.
Below I show you the many ways I have adapted carving arms to use in my
shop. I hope some of you can get a little inspiration from them. And just as
a little added bonus, my good friend Lynn Diel has created a couple of
patterns that you can use to make your own carving arms. A link to download
these files is at the bottom of the page.
Adjustable holding devices (top view)
Carving arm mounted flat on a table
Adjustable holding devices (bottom view)
Mounted on a homemade stand
Side view of arm
Showing how I secure carving stock to the adjustable holding devices
Mounted to the side of my workbench
Carving stock mounted on carving arm stand
Carving stock attached to arm with adjustable holding device
An eye bolt also works well for mounting carving stock to the arm
Got the urge to build your carving arm?
Click on either or both of the links below to download Lynn Diel's carving
To view them on your computer you will need to have the free Adobe Acrobat
Reader installed on your computer. You can get a free copy of it at
I want to thank Lynn for his wonderful generosity in providing these
patterns for my visitors. Lynn is one of the best people in woodcarving or
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