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Be creative with the Carvey! The library provides various opportunities for our community to experiment and learn. The Carvey machine was donated by the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation.

A Carvey is a computer-controlled milling machine for turning ideas into real projects. It engraves, shapes, and carves designs into pieces of wood, plastic, and other materials. Watch how it is used.


Who can carve?

Indian Prairie Public Library cardholders can use the Carvey with assistance from library staff.


What can I make? 

With the Carvey, you can make a wide variety of objects including custom stamps out of linoleum, personized signs out of wood, and more.


How do I get started?


When can I use the Carvey?


What are the specifications?


What materials are available at the library?


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Set your material and material dimensions before designing. We offer birch plywood: 12” X 8”, $3.00; and two-color HDPE: 6” X 6”, $2.50. If you want to carve on other material, you will need to provide it.custom sign