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.
With just one wood carving knife and two simple patterns, you can carve a whole community of characters, including a policeman, hard-hat road worker, monk, baker, professor, football player, and more! Patterns for these delightful folks are included in Whittling Little Folk, written by the master of the Scandinavian flat-plane style of carving, Harley Refsal. The whittled little folk are full of personality and can be made by mastering Refsal’s step-by-step instructions for Kristian, the Scandinavian husband donning a work shirt, and his wife, Thea, holding a broom. Once the couple is complete, carvers can use the same whittling techniques to complete 18 additional patterns, with some subtle alterations. Also included is a brief overview of the Scandinavian flat-plane style of carving, as well as instructions for painting each little whittle. Each pattern is presented with 4 perspectives – the front, back and both sides – for a complete 360-degree view of the character. While the whittling projects are easy to complete, and won’t take up too much time, they sure don’t lack personality. With their rosy cheeks, toothy smiles, humorous outfits and clever names, the little whittles are a caricature carver’s dream come true.
Thinking Inside the Roughout leads new and experienced carvers through the creative, carving, and painting process of 28 of America? top caricature carvers. In each chapter, a member of the Caricature Carvers of America creates a unique carving, starting from the same generic roughout. Included is a step-by-step chapter describing the carving process, beginning with the roughout and ending with painting and antiquing the finished piece. Individualized chapters describe the artist? approach to developing an idea, including tips on carving and painting through full-color photos and text. Additional carvings from the generic roughout are featured in a gallery at the back of the book.
A woodcarving book devoted solely to magical little gnomes and other charming creatures!
The perfect source of inspiration for beginning and experienced whittlers and carvers alike, Learn to Carve Gnomes, Trolls, and Mythical Creatures boasts a menagerie of 15 woodcarving projects that range in difficulty from easy to more challenging. With complete plans and step-by-step instructions and photography, carve charismatic characters and objects, from a mushroom house, unicorn, and gnome to a wizard, dragon, hedgehog, and much more. Sara Barraclough is a master carver and a regular contributor to Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine, as well as the author of the incredibly charming Weekend Whittling Projects.
- 5 skill-building carving projects and full-size patterns of charismatic mythical creatures
- Helpful overviews on materials and tools before getting started
- Detailed step-by-step photography
- Guidance on painting and finishing each completed project
13 Projects in Wood with Patterns and Painting Instructions
by Russell Scott
Carve Santa as a librarian, policeman, park ranger, lifeguard, basketball coach, fireman, and more! Included are 7 step-by-step projects and patterns, plus a gallery of an additional 6 designs. Author Russell Scott is an award-winning carving artist and instructor that is known for his distinctive style of caricature Santa carving. See Santa throughout his off-season and make him a part of your décor all year-round!
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.
Making tedious wood carving techniques more approachable, Carving Small Characters in Wood offers simple methods in a smaller format to carve compact caricatures with personality. With step-by-step directions and photography, you’ll be able to learn and appreciate this form of miniature character wood carving. Starting off with basic lessons then slowly progressing into greater, more detailed challenges, author and renowned caricature woodcarver Jack Price is the leading voice to learn from on how to carve small statuettes!
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.
Though she has not knowingly seen Angels, Kelley Stadelman has received their help in times of crisis. She has felt their presence. These joyful little soldiers of God seem to have a childlike presence. Their personalities are uninhibited. They go about their duties energetically. Yet they are wise, committed to their tasks and reverent to their boss. The whimsy of angels is captured in the designs of this book. Kelley leads the carver step-by-step through the angel carving project, beginning with the blank and finishing with a beautifully painted heavenly being. With concise descriptions and clear color photographs, Kelley’s experience as a teacher will lead carvers of every ability to beautiful results.
A new twist on one of the most popular carving subjects, Carve a World of Gnomes is an exciting project guide that incorporates international influence! Featuring 7 step-by-step wood carving projects with full-size patterns and detailed painting instructions, this booklet takes you around the world to various countries by way of adorable gnomes to carve. From a Kentish gnome who redirects lost belugas back out to sea to a Peruvian gnome who herds a semi-wild alpaca flock in the Andes, each design represents different parts of the world and includes charming character backstories specific to the land. Ranging from beginner to intermediate, author Nikki Reese’s approachable carving style and use of color will have any carver creating a global gnome collection! Also included is an additional bonus project of an adorable miniature gnome home!