How to transform a single block of wood into impossible shapes
Green men and wood spirits, historical symbols that link the forces of nature and humanity, have re-emerged as popular subjects for woodcarvers and other artists. This ultimate sourcebook for carving these classic figures, from noted artist and author Lora S. Irish, offers a short history and evolution of the green man and wood spirit symbols. Two step-by-step demonstrations, for carving a Green Man and a Wood Spirit Walking Stick, are provided by renowned carvers Chris Pye and Shawn Cipa. 40 ready-to-use, original patterns are also included, along with a full-color gallery of eye-catching and inspiring photos from Clive Hicks. Inside this book you’ll find all the tips, techniques, information, and inspiration necessary to successfully create your own interpretation of this timeless icon — in any craft medium you choose.
The ultimate beginner-friendly project guide to whittling flat-plane carvings with a modern twist! Whittling Workbook is perfect for anyone seeking a range of easy wood carvings they can accomplish with just one knife – including roughing out. All you need is a block of wood and one knife to achieve any of the 14 wood carving projects featured within these pages! From a simple strawberry and a whimsical wand to a sailor, Martian, pig, and so much more, each project includes detailed step-by-step instructions to walk you through the entire process from start to finish. Also included are insightful overviews on basic carving cuts, painting and finishing techniques, safety notes, and how to join a carving community. Author James Miller is a recent college graduate and a protégé of decorated Scandinavian-style carver, Harley Refsal. James has been a regular contributor to Woodcarving Illustrated since 2010 and published his first book, Whittling Flat-Plane Animals, in 2020.
In continuation of the bestselling 20-Minute Whittling Projects, author, whittling artist, carving teacher, and Woodcarving Illustrated contributor Tom Hindes brings you 16 more fast, easy, and fun whittling projects to complete in just one short sitting! With step-by-step instructions, high-quality photography, and a focus on the beginner-friendly flat plane style of whittling, you’ll carve a variety of safari, aquatic, woodland, farm, and domestic animals. Progressing from very simple to more challenging, each project is meant to encourage you along the rewarding and relaxing path of whittling and build your skills. Whether you’re new to whittling or have been doing it for years and want to try a new method, this book is the go-to resource to keep on carving!
Four Quick and Easy Characters to Carve and Paint
By Sara Barraclough
With a friendly, down-home style, this guide encourages readers to whittle away the hours. Great for beginners looking for an easy way to get started and more advanced carvers looking for a relaxing way to spend their time, this instructional manual provides 18 step-by-step whittling projects, including knives, forks, birds, animals, trees, and flowers. Chapters detail the proper whittling tools and materials, including what woods are best to carve, and how to start projects by selecting and safely sharpening the best knife for each project.
By Graham R Bull
A practical Guide to the tools, Materials and Techniques of successful airbrushing by Peter Owen and Jane Rollason
By Peter Own & John Sutcliffe
156pp In this manual you will learn about design and composition, mold making (techniques and applications), base building, earth and ground cover, creating artificial rocks, plants (real and reproductions), working with water with special effects
Learn the secrets of America’s top wildlife artists for creating beautiful habitat scenes for mounts and carvings. Learn the art of working with resins, foams, epoxies, mache, and dozens of other materials to create convincing artificial water, snow, earth, rocks, and vegetation to enhance your work. There has never been a more comprehensive book than this 156 pages of text and over 600 black and white photos and diagrams describing the step-by-step methods to create award-winning exhibits.
18 Basic Projects
Learn everything you need to know to keep all your woodcarving tools and knives sharp and in tip top shape! This compact guide offers clear and comprehensive step-by-step guidance to walk beginners through the basics of sharpening knives, gouges, V-tools, and chisels. Also included are informative sections on safety, basic sharpening techniques, what to keep in your sharpening kit, tool storage and cleanup tips, protecting sharp edges, cleaning stops, and sharpening stones. Learn essential tips and tricks from expert artist and best-selling author Lora Irish in this must-have guide that belongs in every woodcarver’s library!
Scrap Wood Whittling is a must-have guide for any woodcarver looking to achieve something small, charming, and easy! Small wood carvings tend to intimidate, but author and master carver Steve Tomashek makes it approachable for anyone, even beginners. Opening with helpful insight on materials, tools, cuts, and safety, you’ll then go on to complete 19 tiny animal carvings that slowly progress in difficulty. From a leaping pig and a penguin family to an aquarium and cat diorama, each project contains clear, step-by-step instructions, coordinating photography, full-size patterns, tips on technique, painting, display ideas, and more!
by Lori Dickie
Patterns for 46 Projects to carve in on day
By David Tippey
Best of Woodcarving Illustrated
Tools & Techniques & 22 All-time favorite Projects
Best of Woodcarving Illustrated
Tool, Techniques & 16 All-time Favorite Projects
By Patrick Spielman
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
Learn how to carve from master carver, Harold Enlow, as he guides you through the process of carving a wood spirit. Featuring step-by-step instructions, coordinating photography, and Harold’s expert tips, you’ll become a better carver with this valuable resource! The information also constitutes a chapter of the Carving Faces Workbook.
By David Western
A must-have project guide for chip carvers of any skill level, Everyday Chip Carving Designs features a compilation of 48 original projects from the archives of Woodcarving Illustrated. Useful as they are decorative, carve a collection of achievable chip carved designs for your home and everyday life! From bowls, boxes, and beard combs to Christmas decorations, coasters, coffee scoops, and so much more, each original project includes detailed step-by-step instructions, coordinating photography, full-size chip carving patterns, complete supplies and tools lists, and expert tips. Written by several contributors to Woodcarving Illustrated, industry-leading artists, and bestselling authors, including Wayne Barton, Marty Leenhouts, Charlene Lynum, Vernon DePauw, and many others.
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You can whittle just about anything—the only limit is your imagination. It’s so easy to get started in this relaxing and rewarding hobby. All you need is a knife, a twig, and this book! We’ve assembled a team of 12 leading woodcarvers to bring you a complete starter guide to whittling. They present 24 easy whittling projects for beginners that you can make in just a weekend, complete with step-by-step instructions, how-to photographs, ready-to-carve patterns, and helpful tips. Start off with fast and fun projects that build confidence and teach fundamental carving techniques, like a simple flying propeller or a 5-minute owl. Then move on to create whittled wonders like a musical frog or a slingshot. We show you how to whittle complex designs in easy steps, so that you’ll soon be carving attention-getting favorites like chain links or the classic ball-in-a-cage.
This 96 page book by noted chip carver and instructor Dennis Moor will introduce you to this timeless craft that is easy to learn and produces beautiful, ornate results. In his engaging and accessible teaching style, Dennis outlines the basics of wood selection, tools, and sharpening plus layout, lettering, and finishing. His techniques will have you decorating household items and creating artistic pieces in a variety of designs.
Seven enjoyable and useful projects are perfect for practicing your techniques as you master this classic art form: Napkin Holder; Plant Box; Letter Holder; Trinket Box; Tissue Box Holder; Mailbox; Cheese and Cracker Tray. 96pp
The Woodworker’s Guide to Carving Lettering and Gilding
By Greg Krockta and Roger Schroeder
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.
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!
by Betty Padden
Learn the fast and simple way to whittle in this fun introduction to woodcarving. Discover how to whittle in less time while you have more fun! One of the joys of whittling with a pocketknife is that you can do it just about anywhere. You don’t need any fancy equipment, and you don’t even need much spare time. Author Tom Hindes demonstrates his easy-to-learn, quick-cut method for whittling expressive little figures from wood in just 20 minutes or less. With his friendly instructions and step-by-step photos, you’ll learn to carve an endless array of charming wizards, gnomes, gargoyles, ornaments, dogs, leprechauns, and more. These super-short whittling projects are perfect for learning basic woodcarving skills. They also make wonderful little gifts for random acts of kindness. Leave one along with your tip at the local restaurant, or give one to your favorite cashier. Children especially enjoy receiving them as souvenirs.