Come aboard with carver Mike Shipley as he shows you how to whittle a sea-worthy old sailor and his crew. Step-by-step instructions and more than 100 how-to photos guide you in carving, painting, and staining the salty Old Sea Captain and his first and second mates. Patterns are included for making caricatures, buoys, lobster traps, and wooden crates to set an entire sea-faring scene. Includes step-by-step carving and painting demonstrations, patterns, and color photos of the finished crew.
Sixteen detailed patterns for folk figures, from a renowned carver, are included in this beautifully illustrated manual: Indian Chief, Royal Highlander, Farmer McDonald, Mountain Man, Happy Heintz, Visiting Santa, and 10 others. Suggestions are offered on how to modify the patterns to match the skill of the carver, and there is a special section on how to carve a face.
Carving the Expressive Face by Ann Brouwers
The secrets to carving powerful and emotionally-charged faces are revealed in this innovative handbook. Step-by-step explanations demonstrate how to create unique spherical heads laden with a variety of moods and expressions, including soft smiles, laughter, and tears. Guidelines also highlight a number of difficulties often encountered when carving emotions and offer helpful solutions. Ideal for carvers of caricatures and serious works alike, even experienced carvers will learn how to instill realistic feelings into their work.
Step by Step Techniques for Carving & Finishing
by John Burke
Carving the Native American takes the reader step-by-step through the creation of an expressive Native American bust. From starting with a clay model, to blocking out your carving, to shaping and detailing the tiniest curves of the face, all the way to staining and finishing, it guides you through the entire process of sculpting a large lifelike bust. Both beginning and veteran carvers will discover practical techniques and strategies to apply to any large sculptural carving. Sketch guides are provided to help you shape a realistic face, along with comprehensive instructions and hundreds of revealing photographs of work in progress. The author’s original sketches and personal sidebars throughout this book offer revealing insights for a new generation of sculptors. A beautiful full color gallery presents an inspirational selection of his most magnificent work.
A Woodsculpting Course in Proportion and Design
By Martin Geisler-Moroder
Learn to carve a classic European bust using the traditional and famous system of Tyrolean carvers. This book presents a complete woodsculpting course in proportion and design, prepared by instructors at the renowned Geisler-Moroder Austrian Woodcarving School, the largest international woodcarving school in Europe. Carving the Head in the Classic European Tradition, 2nd Edition offers easy-to-understand visual instructions for mastering the carving of the human head, with explanatory sketches, proportional drawings, and full-color photographs that demonstrate precise cuts. An inspirational gallery of completed contemporary busts illustrates creative finishing techniques. Once you have completed the featured step-by-step project, and learned the authors’ creative methods, you can easily extend your new skills to additional projects.
Join the Character Carvers of America as they offer you a front row seat under the big top. Here in the pages of this book, you’ll get an insider’s look at the CCA’s latest and most ambitious project to date – the CCA Circus. A stunning piece of cooperative artwork, the CCA Circus combines the creative talent and craftsmanship of 23 of the best-known names in caricature carving. The book features short essays and carving tips from each carver as they detail the creation of their favorite pieces from conception through finishing. Man-eating tigers, bumbling clowns, beautiful acrobats, popcorn venders… They’re all here under the CCA big top.
Carving the Little Guys is a must-have beginner’s guide that presents an accessible introduction to the art of caricature carving for novice woodcarvers. Author Keith Randich takes you cut-by-cut through the process of transforming a small block of wood into an expressive Little Guy. This easy-to-learn tutorial teaches all of the essential woodcarving techniques needed to get started in an enjoyable and rewarding new hobby. Basic information is included on wood, tools, sharpening, cutting, safety, finishing, repairs, and more.
Chronicling the stages in creating a realistic human face from wood and packed with detailed images of finished carvings, this reference offers a wealth of technical how-to information for woodworkers and artists. From a world champion carver known for his lifelike busts, Jeff Phares, this updated book includes new patterns and photographs, in addition to valuable information on techniques for creating realistic hair, facial features, realistic skin and muscle, hats, and headdresses. Phares provides tips for fixing common anatomical errors, and information about proper tool use. An exhaustive step-by-step project, that includes over 350 demonstration photos, guides you from a block of butternut to a finished mask of a Native American warrior. A gallery of Jeff Phares’ amazing work will inspire you! Jeff Phares is a professional woodcarver known for his realistic carvings of Native Americans, frontiersmen, and soldiers. He is the author of Carving Eyes and Carving the Nose & Mouth.
Follow along as Harold Enlow, one of America’s foremost caricature carvers, teaches you how to carve faces with life and expression. Enlow shares his woodcarving tips and techniques that make his carvings stand out in this information-packed book. You’ll learn to carve a female face, a cowboy face, a Native American face, a Santa face, and more. Best of all, you’ll discover Enlow’s secret to success: learning how to render highly detailed eyes, lips, nose, hair, and ears before moving on to carving a complete face. Each project is done in small steps that guarantee success. For anyone who wants to learn to carve faces that stand out in a crowd, this is a must-have addition to your woodcarving library.
With clear instructions and vivid color photographs, Al Streetman takes woodcarvers through all the steps necessary to release a wood spirit from a cypress knee. Using the shapes suggested by the forms of the knees themselves, Al carves both a complete Santa figure and a Santa ornament as the central projects of the book.Also included are a listing of tools used in the projects, directions for painting and antiquing the completed carvings, and a color gallery featuring additional cypress knee Santa figures to inspire the carver. This book will present interesting challenges to the novice and be a joy for the more advanced woodcarver.