carve into

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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

carve something into something

1. and carve something in to cut letters or symbols into something. He carved his initials into a tree. He carved in the letters one by one.
2. to create a carved object by sculpturing raw material. Ken carved the apple into a tiny snowman.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Much of his work relies on intricate repetitive designs of the kind that are relatively easy to create in a computer but which would take years for a human to carve into wood without making mistakes.
If possible, practice carving on a scrap candle to get the feel of the woodworking knife, because once you carve into the candle, you can t erase the mark.