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Beginner to Advanced Woodcarving Books

BK129 - Beginners Handbook of Woodcarving
Authors: Charles Beiderman and William Johnston

Over 60 project patterns for the novice including in the round and relief.


BK165 - First Projects for Woodcarvers
Author: Larry Green

First Projects for Woodcarvers is a pictorial starting place for the adventure of woodcarving. It introduces the new carver to safety considerations, the fundamentals of sharpening and carving. Three pro-jects are included, designed with the new carver in mind: a cowboy boot, a dog called Gandolf, and a 3-piece stylized nativity. The step-by-step photos and text will lead the carver through the three projects. A pictorial gallery includes completed carvings of the three projects featured in the book.


BK159 - Weekend Crafter Series: Woodcarving
Author: John I. Hillyer

Tips on selecting tools, mastering the major cuts and transferring patterns to wood. Includes 20 quick and wonderful projects for beginners or weekend carvers.


BK154 - Practical Woodcarving: Elementary & Advanced
Author: Eleanor Rowe

This practical guide to woodcarving by an accomplished designer and carver not only provides expert tips on the basics (woods and tools) but also explains how to successfully complete projects in low and high relief. Diagrams and photos accompany clear, concise instructions for novices and veteran woodworkers alike to recreate everything from Gothic tracery to sixteenth-century moldings and lettering. 137 photographs, 85 illustrations.


BK168 - The Complete Book of Woodcarving
Author: Everett Ellenwood

Everything You Need to Know to Master the Craft. Whether you’re a woodworker expanding your talents, a seasoned carver refining your skills, or a beginner newly introduced to this fulfilling craft, this is the only carving book you need. Brimming with expert instruction and nine attractive projects, you’ll learn all the classic carving styles and techniques along with the fundamentals of wood and tool selection, sharpening, creating a workspace, and finishing your completed work. Also included is a complete chapter on power carving.


BK100 - The Magic Gouge: Wood Sculpture
Author: Benoi Deschenes


BK174 - Sculpture in Wood
Author: Jack C. Rich

Down-to-earth, practical book by noted sculptor covers everything you need to know about woods, tools, equipment, carving techniques, finishing, preservation, etc. Especially valuable 'dictionary of woods' covers geographical distribution, physical properties, carving characteristics, more. Over 70 photos and drawings illustrate methods and techniques.


BK263 - Woodcarving Made Easy
Author: Cynthia Rogers

Everything You Need to Know to Master the Craft.


Relief Carving Books

BK104 - Inspirational Relief Carving
Author: William F. Judt

Learn to express your faith in wood with over 20 relief carving projects inspired by Scripture. First you will learn the basics of relief carving, then you will follow the author step-by-step as he demonstrates how to carve a house blessing featuring a cross with descending dove. Inside you'll find over 20 carving patterns, relief carving basics, tool and safety overview, case studies discussing the inspiration plus composition and techniques for sample carvings. Includes a special section on marketing your carvings.


BK103 - Relief Carving: Patterns, Tips, Techniques
Author: William F. Judt

This 100 page volume is packed with 24 years of relief carving tips along with dozens of color photos, diagrams and a collection of patterns. A step-by-step section illustrates the process of relief carving from start to finish. Contains time-tested advice for novice to advanced relief carvers.


Chip Carving Books

BK164 - Basic Chip Carving
Author: Pam Gresham

A method of study that will allow the beginner to learn the fundamentals of chip carving, and help the more advanced carver to hone their skills. The ordered exercises will build your skill and knowledge of chip carving, beginning with the most basic cuts and following through to the most difficult. People want to know exactly how to execute each cut and they need a reference book to turn to when they are having difficulty with a certain type of cut. This is the book!


BK142 - The Complete Guide to Chip Carving
Author: Wayne Barton

A beginner’s guide from the world’s most renowned chip carver! Wayne Barton presents what is unquestionably the finest guidance ever for the novice. He has been the driving force behind the craft’s resurgence, and his technical knowledge, design skills and ability to instruct remain unequalled. One by one, with the aid of color photographs, he covers tools and materials, the best woods, holding and sharpening chip carving knives and laying out and transferring patterns. Borders, grids, rosettes, free-form design, positive image design and lettering all receive separate, in-depth chapters, as does Barton’s special, time-tested hints.


BK141 - Chip Carving Design and Pattern Sourcebook
Author: Wayne Barton

This bounty of chip carving patterns was specifically chosen to provide carvers with experience in many styles, including lettering, signs, geometric designs, positive-image and free-form work. The projects feature more than 125 different ornamental plates, boxes, wall plaques, cabinets, chair backs, house numbers, lamp bases, lap desks, and other creations. New to this edition: a lettering chart for readers to trace and carve. To make things even easier, you use only two knife blades and the most versatile, workable woods (basswood and butternut).


BK123 - Chip Carving the Southwest
Author: Pam Gresham

The patterns of the Southwest have delighted tourists and art lovers for hundreds of years. In this new book by Pam Gresham they are incorporated into the art of chip carving, a marriage that works beautifully!


Other Styles of Carving

BK102 - Old Time Whittling
Author: Keith Randich


BK117 - Scandinavian Style Woodcarving
Author: Harley Refsal

Step-by-step instruction and patterns for 40 flat-plane carving projects. With Refsal's step-by-step instructions plus a knife and a gouge or two you will learn to bring to life a traditional figure and a Dalecarlian horse. In addition, more than 40 other figure patterns - from a school teacher to a bird watcher and a leprechaun to a rooster are included. Clear directions, front and side-view patterns, and step-by-step photographs show you exactly how to make a few simple, well-placed cuts, leaving large flat planes intact on the wood-carved figure. You will be delighted with the way figures come to life with a charming, folk-art personality.


BK127 - Art of Chainsaw Carving
Author: Jessie Groeschen

With an overview of chainsaw carving, detailing its advent and growth in the United States, this guide covers the early pioneers from the 1950s through the 1970s and profiles 15 of today's most accomplished chainsaw artists and their most famous pieces. Featuring work commissioned for museums, malls, businesses, and backyards, this book also discusses the diversity, achievements, and future of this stylish art. Also included is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step chapter instructing readers on how to carve their own chair with a chainsaw.


Facial Features, Expressions, Caricatures and People

BK151 - Learn To Carve Faces & Expressions
Author: Harold R. Enlow

Information on tools, sharpening supplies & sequence for carving caricature faces that shine. 10 Projects, Step-by-Step Instructions.


BK134 - Carving Compact Caricatures
Author: Skylar Johnson

Learn to carve wonderful caricature carvings from a simple basswood goose egg. Fun and easy to carve.


BK162 - Carving Caricature Heads and Faces
Author: W. "Pete" LeCair

With his years of carving, Pete LeClair has developed a sure-fire method for carving great caricature heads. Now he shares it with carvers around the country. He takes the reader step-by-step through the process of carving 33 projects, with each step illustrated with a color photograph and precise caption. A gallery showing the variety that can be achieved by following this method is included in the back.


BK167 - Carving Caricature Busts
Author: W. "Pete" LeClair

Internationally known carver Pete LeClair turns his attention to the caricature bust. This classic form lends itself to wonderful interpretations, but is also a great way to learn more about caricature carving. Pete shares a great number of techniques and secrets in this volume, paying attention, as always, to the minute details that make the difference between a good carving and a great carving. Every step is illustrated with a color photograph and a clear explanation. Patterns and a gallery, showing all sides of the works, are included to help the carver even more.


BK135 - Carving Golfers
Author: Bill Howrilla

Take your best swing at this humorous cast of golfing characters! Learn to carve golfers and capture the joy of sinking a difficult putt, the disbelief at missing an easy putt, and the frustration at ending up in the sand pit. Inside, you’ll find valuable tips on how to get started - including information on tools, materials and finishing. This is followed by step-by-step instruction on actually carving a caricature golfer named 'Rise and Shine' leading you through each part of the process, including bandsawing, carving, painting and antiquing.


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