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  101 Artistic Relief Patterns for Woodcarvers, Woodburners & Crafters

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101 Artistic Relief Patterns for Woodcarvers, Woodburners & Crafters

101 Artistic Relief Patterns for Woodcarvers, Woodburners Crafters. From celebrated artist Lora S. Irish comes a treasure trove of small and beautiful patterns for crafters of all mediums. Perfect for carving, woodburning, painting, quilting and more, the patterns are provided in two detailed varieties: a line drawing for transferring and a shaded variety for illustrating depth and shadow. For new carvers Irish demonstrates the whole carving process from start to finish with a charming Country Apple Quilt Square project. She also explains the tools you'll need, the appropriate woods to use, and how to achieve the appropriate levels of depth in a relief carving. While small in style, each pattern is large in style. The wildlife, botanical, mythical, landscape and corner designs can beautifully stand alone or be incorporated into functional and decorative items around your home.
Model : 3997 Manufacturer : Book
  20 Folk Bird and Fish Patterns by Al Streetman

20 Folk Bird and Fish Patterns by Al Streetman

Al Streetman takes devoted readers and beginning carvers alike back to the wonderful world of folk carving, which leaves less to "the rules" and more to the imagination! In older days, folk art was a way of transforming plain everyday objects and materials into decorative accent pieces to brighten the home. Here are 20 patterns for bird and fish, with a simplicity that makes the carving process quick and enjoyable, and the final product charming and elegant. In full-color photography, Al guides the carver step-by-step though the carving of a bird and a catfish, providing not only careful instructions for carving but also for painting and presenting each piece. The basic patterns make either wonderful learning tools or a solid foundation for more intricate carvings. ISBN0764307797 Suggested Retail Price $12.95
Model : 7797 Manufacturer : Book
  Architectural Patterns for Woodcarvers by Kurt Koch

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Architectural Patterns for Woodcarvers by Kurt Koch

Architectural Patterns for Woodcarvers by Kurt Koch. If you are looking to add architectural elements to fireplace mantles, archways, seat backs or any other item-you will not find a more comprehensive collection of patterns! From the simple to the ornate, this collection from Master carver, Kurt Koch, provides 63 designs that can easily be transferred to wood.
Model : 1945 Manufacturer : Book
  Art of Chainsaw Carving: An Insider's Look at 18 Artists Working against the Grain by Jessie Groeschen

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Art of Chainsaw Carving: An Insider's Look at 18 Artists Working against the Grain by Jessie Groeschen

Meet the Worlds Most Unique Sculptors Learn more about the fascinating people who practice an art form that combines beauty and danger. Noted chainsaw sculptor Jessie Groeschen introduces you to the leading chainsaw artists practicing today, and provides an overview of the art formrecounting the advent and growth of chainsaw carving in the United States. Finally, try your hand at chainsaw carving with a how-to chapter on chainsaw carving a chair, with step-by-step instructions and a full color photo gallery of finished chairs. 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. An easy-to-follow, step-by-step chapter instructing readers on how to carve their own chair with a chainsaw is included. ISBN 1-56523-250-X
Model : 3565 Manufacturer : Misc.
  Art of Ian Norbury by Ian Norbury

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Art of Ian Norbury by Ian Norbury

Art of Ian Norbury by Ian Norbury. A Fascinating Gallery of Carvings From One of the World's Leading SculptorsThis book is an opportunity for lovers of fine woodcarving to examine the work of one of the art form's living masters Ian Norbury detailing his innovative techniques and his original and imaginative subjects.More than 100 photographs richly illustrate his work in this book, which combines a mastery of woodcarving technique and a rich imagination inspired by artists such as Barlach, Dal, Magritte, Fuchs, Jonssen and most of all, the Mexican surrealist Remedios Varo. Ian is steeped in European cultural history and has an overwhelming sense of the fatalistic repetition of history and the inevitability of the archetypal errors of humanity endlessly repeating themselves.Recognized as one of world's leading wood sculptors, Ian Norbury is in demand as a teacher worldwide. His work is astonishing in its virtuosity of execution, enigmatic mystery and beauty. In recent years his innovative use of metals, stones, shells, gems, mixed timbers and inlays of colored woods have given his work new direction.Norbury will continue to push the boundaries of woodcarving, perhaps in directions that will dismay the traditionalists, enrage the politically correct and delight his fans. Much of his work is based on European folklore and mythology combined with cynical tongue-in-cheek sideswipes at the pomposity of contemporary life. This finds an easy rapport with audiences, and his great technical expertise in the rendering of detail and his acute observations of expressions and appearances are irresistible to many people. Page Count: 160 Size: 11x8.5x0.5 Type: Soft Cover
Model : 2224 Manufacturer : Book
  Art of Stylized Wood Carving By David Hamilton, Charles Solomon

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Art of Stylized Wood Carving By David Hamilton, Charles Solomon

Art of Stylized Wood Carving By David Hamilton, Charles Solomon. Do your carvings lack the artistic expression you desire? If so, try stylized carving. This technique favors form over detail and allows the natural state of the wood to dictate the direction of your work. By using this technique, your carvings will gain movement and your work will be more interesting. Inside this book you will be introduced to the artwork of 14 accomplished carvers. You will find out what inspires them and why they prefer stylized carving to other techniques. You will also be led, step-by-step, through 5 carving projects. Featuring 5 step-by-step carving demonstrations:Canvasback Hummingbird Bottlenose Dolphin Shelf-sitting Mouse Rainbow Trout Featuring Interviews and Art from 14 Top CarversRay Kunz , Dick Pillmore, Gino Sordi, Clark Schreibeis, Mary Kruetzfeldt, J. Christopher White, Del Herbert, Ken Newman, Ralph Mueller, June Lyons, Carl Korschgen, Lew Hammer, Nick Eason, Pati Stajar Page Count: 112 Size: 8.5" X 11" inches Type: Soft Cover
Model : 1740 Manufacturer : Book
  Carving a Bull Fighter & the Bull by Ballo Rebora

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Carving a Bull Fighter & the Bull by Ballo Rebora

Carving a Bull Fighter the Bull by Ballo Rebora. Ballo Rebora introduces carvers to a new subject, the Mexican bullfight. From a wood blank to the finished figures, Ballo guides readers step-by-step through all the carving and painting processes required to create a humorous, confident, or even smug caricature matador and his four-legged adversary. Using simple, easily followed instructions and 280 full color images, he provides inspiration for carvers. Patterns are given for two matadors and the bull. A color gallery is included for further inspiration, with detailed photos of the finished figures and a second matador. Carvers with basic skills will enjoy the challenges and advanced carvers will be delighted by the details in this competitive pair. Size: 8 1/2" x 11" Illustrations: 280 color photos Pages: 64 Binding: Soft Cover
Model : 9104 Manufacturer : Book
  Carving Bottlestoppers with Tom Wolfe

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Carving Bottlestoppers with Tom Wolfe

Carving Bottlestoppers with Tom Wolfe. Bottlestoppers offer a great opportunity for caricature carvers, and Tom Wolfe shows the process in his unique way. Preparing the wood block, carving, painting, and applying the hardware are covered in detail and illustrated in detail with full color photographs. The reader gets a clear idea of what needs to be done and how to do it! Tom brings his creative imagination to the project, along with well-honed skills, humor, and some new tricks that will interest carvers of all abilities. The result are bottlestoppers with character, to keep your "spirits" high and delight your guests or customers. A gallery of finished works shows a wide range of possibilities and inspires the carver's creativity. Size: 8 1/2"x11" Illustrations: 297 color photos Pages: 64
Model : 2227 Manufacturer : Book
  Carving Cypress Knees by Carole Jean Boyd and Jack A. Williams

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Carving Cypress Knees by Carole Jean Boyd and Jack A. Williams

Carving Cypress Knees by Carole Jean Boyd and Jack A. Williams. Discover the Unique Characters Hidden Inside the Strange and Wonderful World of Cypress Knees Noted carvers and authors Carol Jean Boyd and Jack Williams bring you the ultimate resource for unlocking the whimsical characters and wood spirits from within one of nature's most unique woods: cypress knees. Cypress "knees" are the little stumps found in swamps of the southeastern United States that protrude from the water in varying shapes, sizes and colors, and have even been known for their excellent carving properties. Inside Carving Cypress Knees you'll find all the tips and techniques you need for success:-An introduction of cypress knees, how to find them and how to "create" a knee from a basswood blank-Guidance on design and composition-plus a full color gallery of completed carvings to give you inspiration -Detailed step-by-step demonstrations on three projects, including a wood spirit, Santa's face, and an elf or gnome-8 Pages of patterns for you to try-including an area inside the covers with "erasable blanks" for you to practice your designs before carving-A useful Resource Directory helps you locate cypress knees, and all the tools you'll need Page Count: 96 Size: 11x8.5x0.5 Type: Soft Cover
Model : 2712 Manufacturer : Book
  Carving Found Wood by Vic Hood and Jack A. Williams

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Carving Found Wood by Vic Hood and Jack A. Williams

Carving Found Wood by Vic Hood and Jack A. Williams Carving found wood is the ideal book for woodcarvers who are looking to move beyond the typical store-bought block of basswood. Here in this book, woodcarvers will find techniques and inspiration for turning materials supplied directly by Mother Nature into stunning works of art.The introduction to this book lays out the divisions in the carving world and the need for this type of book. In the field of woodcarving, artists use either lumbered wood that has been cut into blocks of an appropriate size, or they use wood in its natural form. The latter includes burls, cypress knees, driftwood and even stumps, and is the focus of this book.The co-authors of this book, carvers themselves, have spent the past two years interviewing top artists in the woodcarving field who exclusively use found wood for their finished carvings. They asked each artist a standard set of questions so that the reader can make even comparisons among the techniques presented. They then followed up these questions with specific questions tailored to the artist and his or her medium of choice.This information is organized into chapters according to artist. Step-by-step demonstrations of specific techniques are included as appropriate. Informative text and photographs describe in-depth the type of found wood used, where to obtain the wood and what tools are needed to carve it. Clean and beautifully staged gallery photographs show the artists' work.In general, all carvers from beginning skill levels through advanced will find inspiration in the coffeetable-type gallery photographs presented in this book. For intermediate carvers who have some experience carving wood (found or otherwise), this book will provide not only inspiration but the step-by-step techniques and information needed for carve exceptional found wood sculptures. Page Count: 96 Size: 11x8.5x0.5 Type: Soft Cover
Model : B-1597 Manufacturer : Book
  Carving Motorcycle Riders With Cleve Taylor

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Carving Motorcycle Riders With Cleve Taylor

Carving Motorcycle Riders With Cleve Taylor. Cleve Taylor Text written with and photography by Jeff Snyder. Cleve Taylor takes to the road, steering readers effortlessly through every step needed to carve an impressive and humorous caricature of a motorcyclist and his bike. Over 225 color photographs illustrate Cleve's clear, concise instructions. When this basswood figure and his bike are complete, instructions are also provided for painting and aging. Patterns are provided for both the figure and the bike. The gallery photos at the back of the book feature additional biker figures by both Cleve Taylor and some of his carving students. For additional inspiration, three color illustrations by caricature artist Bruce Day round out the presentation. This book is sure to be inspiring for beginning carvers and a real pleasure for experienced carvers. Size: 8 1/2" x 11" Illustrations: Over 225 color photographs Pages: 64 Binding: Soft Cover
Model : 6472 Manufacturer : Book
  Carving Out the Wild West with Tom Wolfe: The Saloon

Carving Out the Wild West with Tom Wolfe: The Saloon

Carving Out the Wild West with Tom Wolfe: The Saloon. Once again Tom Wolfe brings his artistry, skill, and wit to the mythic figures of bygone days: The Wild West. Taken separately, the cowboy, gambler, bartender, sheriff, and soiled dove offer interesting challenges to the carver. Together they make an enchanting scene, interacting with each other and almost magically taking on a life of their own. Fully illustrated, step-by-step instructions from the blank to the painted figure. Size: 8 1/2" x 11" Illustrations: 280+ color photos Pages: 64
Model : 3689 Manufacturer : Book
  Carving Pins by Mary Finn

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Carving Pins by Mary Finn

Wooden pins make wonderful handmade gifts and can be carved in a minimum of space with small equipment. Here, accomplished woodcarver and teacher Mary Finn guides readers through the creation of five colorful designs: a sunflower, cardinal, bunny, Santa, and rose. Mary suggests ideas for developing pin designs as well as methods for creating blanks that can be used many times. Step-by-step instructions and color photography present the process of carving the blank, adding texture and other details, painting, finishing, and attaching a pin to the back. Whether you want a dainty pin for your best friend, a funky pin for your little sister, or a bolo for your favorite uncle, this book will provide the tips and techniques for creating just the right look. ISBN 0-7643-1548-X
Model : 7752 Manufacturer : Book
  Carving Signs: The Woodworker's Guide to Carving, Lettering, and Gilding by Greg Krockta

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Carving Signs: The Woodworker's Guide to Carving, Lettering, and Gilding by Greg Krockta

Whether carving signs for personal use or starting a business carving signs for other people, this book is filled with the information professional and hobbyist woodworkers need to get started making wooden signs. It includes tips on which woods work best for outdoor signs, indoor signs, and boat signs, as well as design tips on finishing signs and sign shapes. In addition, techniques for embellishing signs are provided, including hand-carving letters and numbers, carving appliques and relief carvings, and gold leafing. ISBN 1-56523-131-7
Model : 8599 Manufacturer : Book
  Carving Traditional Style Kachina Dolls by Tom Moore

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Carving Traditional Style Kachina Dolls by Tom Moore

Carving Traditional Style Kachina Dolls by Tom Moore. This book is written for beginning and intermediate wood carvers interested in carving a traditional Hopi kachina-style doll. Tom Moore, a respected kachina-style doll carver for forty years, provides historical information about the evolution of kachina dolls and kachina carvings. He traces the art form from the early days, when the dolls were intended to be educational toys for children, until modern times, when they became wood sculptures collected by non-Hopis, costing thousands of dollars. This fascinating book provides patterns, respectful background information, and step-by-step instructions for carving and painting Corn Dancer, Poli Sio Hemis, and Crow Mother in the traditional manner. Tom's interpretations of the dolls include the traditional "belly-acher" pose, bright colors of the 1980s style, and the all-wood approach currently favored by Hopi carvers. The book provides a photo gallery, index of terms, and lists of tools used and materials required. Size: 8 1/2" x 11" Illustrations: 300 color photos Pages: 64 Binding: Soft Cover
Model : 243X Manufacturer : Book
  Carving Wooden Finger Puppets and Cane Toppers by Ross Oar

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Carving Wooden Finger Puppets and Cane Toppers by Ross Oar

Carving Wooden Finger Puppets and Cane Toppers by Ross Oar If you're looking for easy, fun, and inexpensive carving projects, you won't be disappointed with this whimsical new book from professional carving instructor, Ross Oar. You'll learn all the tips and tricks for carving charming finger puppets or cane toppers as you complete three step-by-step projects: Fred the Frog, Tom the Cat, and a Relief Carved Covered Bridge. After learning all of Oar's carving techniques, you'll be ready to move on more amusing characters, like Billy Parrot, Squeaker Squirrel, and Chipper Chimp. To make sure every project you begin is a success, each pattern is provided in detailed front, top and side views, with a color photograph of the finished piece. There's even a handy list of paint colors to make finishing a breeze. And for anyone looking to turn the puppets into coat hangers, bottle stoppers or other functional items, design ideas are included! BONUS - 5 miniature relief-carved landscape patterns are included! Beautiful scenic landscapes to hone your relief-carving skills! Page Count: 80 Size: 9x6x0.5 Type: Soft Cover
Model : 3898 Manufacturer : Book
  Celtic Carved Lovespoons: 30 Patterns by Sharon Littley

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Celtic Carved Lovespoons: 30 Patterns by Sharon Littley

Celtic Carved Lovespoons by Sharon Littley and Clive Griffin. Inside you'll find a comprehensive guide to lovespoon symbols, step-by-step instructions on spoon carving, a portfolio of lovespoon patterns, and tips and techniques on incorporating traditional symbols into your carvings. Include 30 patterns. For centuries the Welsh have created wooden spoons carved with romantic symbols to give to their loved ones, and the history and techniques of this romantic tradition are revealed in this easy-to-use handbook. With more than 30 patterns featured, including wedding, birthday, and Celtic Cross designs, and an illustrated guide to traditional symbols, beginners and experts will learn how to create and carve their own lovespoons. A practical checklist of necessary materials, step-by-step instructions, and color photographs guide carvers through to the finished product. ISBN 1-56523-209-7
Model : 8570 Manufacturer : Book
  Complete Book of Gourd Carving by Jim Widess

Complete Book of Gourd Carving by Jim Widess

Jim Widess and Ginger Summit, the best-selling authors of The Complete Book of Gourd Craft and Making Gourd Instruments, produce another winner to delight the many gourd crafters. Large, lavish, and astonishingly comprehensive, this breathtaking volume introduces every tool and technique, offers fabulous projects that advance in difficulty, and presents a gallery of works designed to inspire. See how to choose and prepare a gourd, impress the surface with a design, and work with green gourds. The magnificent methods of decorative carving covered include fretwork, engraving, chip carving, carving with gouges, relief carving, inlay, and deep relief or sculptural carving. Throughout, color photographs of exquisite carved gourds present crafts styles from countries around the world. ISBN 1-4027-0442-9
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  Complete Guide To Architectural Carving by Kurt Koch

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Complete Guide To Architectural Carving by Kurt Koch

Complete Guide To Architectural Carving by Kurt Koch. If you are looking to add architectural elements to fireplace mantles, archways, seat backs or any other item-you will not find a more comprehensive collection of patterns! From the simple to the ornate, this collection from Master carver, Kurt Koch, provides 63 designs that can easily be transferred to wood. From the most basic carving exercises to classic ornamental designs, this skill-building instructional guide provides an interactive overview of basic carving instructions and tools, while progressively offering more complex elements. Techniques such as carving with and against the grain and concave and convex carving are covered. An ornamental carving, the project through which concepts are introduced, can be used to accent any mantel, headboard, or picture frame. 1-56523-193-7
Model : 8670 Manufacturer : Book
  Cowboy Study Stick Kit (Learn to Carve Faces with Harold Enlow)

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Cowboy Study Stick Kit (Learn to Carve Faces with Harold Enlow)

Cowboy Study Stick Kit (Learn to Carve Faces with Harold Enlow). Carve a cowboy alongside master carver Harold Enlow as he guides you in your carving of faces and features with this kit that includes a study stick and full-color booklet.
Model : SS-5762 Manufacturer : Book