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carve (something) from (something)

To use a knife or other tool to carve a block or mass of some material, typically wood, into a desired shape. I'm always so impressed by artisans that can carve animal figures from blocks of wood.
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carve (something) in stone

To make something permanent and incapable of being changed, typically a plan or idea. We might get brunch next weekend, but we haven't carved anything in stone yet.
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carve (something) into (something)

1. To etch something into a particular surface or material. Don't carve your initials into your desk unless you want to get detention.
2. To use a knife or other tool to carve a block of some material, typically wood, into a desired shape. I'm always so impressed by artisans that can carve blocks of wood into beautiful animal figures.
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carve out

1. Literally, to remove the inner part of an object. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carve" and "out." The first step in this recipe is to carve out your fruit and dispose of the seeds. They made canoes by carving out big logs.
2. To establish a niche or role for oneself. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carve" and "out." It took a long time, and many small acting parts, before I was able to carve out a career as a character actor.
3. To take or obtain a portion of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carve" and "out." I decided to invest in their unique product because I could see it carving out a chunk of the tech market in the near future.
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carve up

1. To cut or divide something into smaller pieces. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carve" and "up." It's tradition for my dad to carve up the turkey. I think the project will feel less daunting if we carve it up into sections and each work on one.
2. To injure or damage someone or something by cutting. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carve" and "up." When that guy punched me in the face, his ring really carved me up. I hope I don't need stiches! That guy really carved up the side of my car when he sideswiped me.
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carve (out) a niche

To establish a role for oneself, usually by excelling in a particular area. Our graphic designer really carved out a niche for himself with that series of innovative ads.
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carve someone or something up

to damage someone or something by careless or purposeful cutting (of a person, can be figurative). Someone carved the tabletop up. Who did it and why? The boxer wanted to carve up his opponent.
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carve something out

to hollow something out by carving; to make something hollow by carving. Can he carve a bowl out of such soft wood? He carved out the bowl of the pipe and then began to sand it.
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carve something out (of something)

to remove something from the inside of something else by carving or cutting. She carved the insides out. She carved out the insides of the pumpkin.
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carve something up

to divide something up, perhaps carelessly. The peace treaty carved the former empire up into several countries. You can't just carve up one country and give the pieces away.
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Preliminary assessments indicate the [oldest] carvings date back 5,000 years with the newer ones from the Islamic era," he said.
Even though Jay Peppard had never made a wood carving in his life, when he saw a flier for Blue River's annual McKenzie River Chainsaw and Arts Festival in 2013, he thought his upbringing in the lumber industry gave him enough experience to take a whack at it.
The distinctive wood carvings on the natural ventilation panels would clearly describe the masters' knowledge on the disciplines of art, mathematics, nature and religion.
Access to these carvings and inscriptions was difficult while making the relocation of heavy stones and boulders for preservation was indeed a non-feasible idea.
Flintshire County Council's cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Bernie Attridge, said: "It's great that Flintshire Countryside Service has been able to obtain the sponsorship for these eight carvings from local businesses and clubs.
Gaz started creating carvings from the garden of his house in Runcorn alongside his other work, but now rents a yard and is running Chainsaw Carvings full time.
This carving is indeed an extremely rare creation and an amazing piece of art to be treasured.
I am fully booked for at least three months in advance and 1 will keep on pushing the limits when it comes to carving beautiful gunstocks
Halloween Pumpkin carvings Lynsey |Pearson via Facebook
The carvings were created in the Neolithic and early Bronze Age, around 3800 BC to 1500 BC.
Summary: Fouad Bilani's mallet has been busy carving up wood for over four decades while the skills that he has grown to master are being chipped away by modern machines that are beginning to dominate the field.
The carvings were first observed and recorded in the 1890s, but only rediscovered in 2008.
His holiday carvings are only a small part of his body of work, which he continues expand at an age few live to and at which almost none are able to work.
Inspired by the landscape and wildlife near her favorite spot at Lake Sammamish, Ament's artful carvings trump the idea that Halloween decor has to feel kitschy.
com)-- Over 500 fine Chinese carvings and works of art—to include jade and Tianhuang stone carvings, jewellery, ivory, bronze, porcelains and silver—will be sold to the highest bidder on Thursday, Aug.