carve (something) from (something)

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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 from something

to shape by cutting something off or out of something with a knife. Can you carve an elephant from a bar of soap?
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References in classic literature ?
So no one vexed him as he trotted through the winding pathways between the many houses and past the obscene kingposts of totemic heraldry, where the forms of men, carved from single tree trunks, were seated in the gaping jaws of carved sharks.
Ian's most ambitious project was a 12ft wizard he carved from a whole tree but he says he will have a go at anything.
Long ago, each statue was carved from blocks of the same igneous, or volcanic, rock that produced rile island.
Each Moai statue was carved from blocks of igneous rock.
You can sand the Carving for a smooth look, especially if it is carved from a wood like butternut, catalpa or walnut.
They literally carved from rock not only a lively metropolis but a necropolis of monumental tombs for their kings and leaders.
With dioramas carved from roots and different woods, Person moved beyond the functional into the realm of "art for art's sake"; the three on view ranged from abstract configurations to dreamlike figural rebuses that suggested quirky chessboards frozen mid-game.
The exhibition includes paintings, bronze sculptures, and oil-on-paper studies, but the centerpiece is an installation of nineteen figures, slightly larger than life-size, carved from wood and then painted, many of them furnished with porcelain teeth.