Class Projects

This page is here so that you can get a better idea of the different projects available for you to carve in one of Dylan’s classes.

Cowboy Figure – 7 inches tall – New for 2021

drawing of a cowboy holding a rope

Tudor Style House in Relief – New for 2021

Roughout will be approximately 8.5″ by 11″ by 2″ or 9″ by 13″ by 2″

Realistic Santa Claus

Roughout will be for a 12 inch tall figure.

Florida River Scene

Florida river scene featuring a manatee in the water and a house over looking the palm and cypress tree lined river banks. Project size will probably be 8” by 10” by 2” thick.

Pencil drawing of the design

The Millhouse


Here’s your chance to carve one of the John C. Campbell‘s most iconic buildings, the Millhouse.  The rough-out measures 12.75″ x 8.5″ by 2″ and though challenging, is a fun project that will allow you to really take your architectural detail carving skills to the next level.

Lighthouse Farms

Dylan named this design Lighthouse Farms because he designed the rough out so that it could be carved as a seaside lighthouse landscape or as a barnyard farmland scene (pictured).   The rough out is 14 inches wide, 8.5 inches tall and 2 inches thick.

The Sea Captain

Dylan's woodcarving of a Sea Captain leaning against a dock post

Carving the Sea Captain will give you a chance to practice carving a relaxed figure that, though standing, has movement.  Of course there’ll be plenty to learn while carving the face, hands and the clothing.   The rough out will be for a 12 inch tall figure.

The Northwoods Cabin

Relief carving of log cabin with mountains, trees and a lake in the background. Titled Northwoods Cabin

This rough out measures 8.5″ by 11″ by 2″ thick and can be completed by ambitious carvers in about three days, though most carvers take about five days to get it done.  From a north woods mountain cabin to a bayou fish camp or a quiet country lane, the rough out is just vague enough that you’ll be able to customize the scene to suit your tastes and skill level.

Drawing of Dylan's northwoods cabin design.
Pencil drawing of the design

The American Farmhouse

Measuring 11″ by 17″ by 2″, the farmhouse has been a favorite among students since Dylan started teaching it in 2014.  It’s quite an in-depth project and most carvers have to complete the carving once they get home, even after a five day class.

The Swordsman

Dylan’s Swordsman rough out is unique in the number of variations that can be carved from it.  Currently Dylan has a list of 30 different ideas that can be carved from the rough out; thanks to the wood that Dylan left on the rough out in strategic places allowing you to create such characters as a Viking warrior, French Musketeer, Samurai, Pirate and beyond.   Normally when Dylan is teaching a class he’ll give you a choice of carving one of two variations.

Check out the gallery below to see the reference drawings for the Swordsman variations that Dylan has created so far.