Woodcarving: Books for All Levels of Experience

Published Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Know someone interested in Wood Carving? Have you ever thought about trying? We’ve just added some books that may be of interest. These books have step-by-step instructions, or patterns, and they are all full of photos so that you can compare your progress.

Carving Canes & Walking Sticks with Tom Wolfe
by Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe has been carving canes and walking sticks for almost twenty years. Among the hundreds that he has carved, no two are alike. Each one takes on its own spirit and personality. And each one shows the carver's creativity and skill. Tom introduced his readers to the carving of walking sticks in Tom Wolfe Carves Woodspirits and Walking Sticks. In response to the requests of readers he presents this book devoted to canes and walking sticks. Patterns for eleven figures are included with two of them carved step-by-step. The carver can follow the color photographs of each step, gleaning whatever additional information he or she may need from the concise caption. This is a fun book for all carvers, from the novice to the pro. It continues the long tradition of Tom's creativity.

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Carving the Human Face: Capturing Character and Expression in Wood
by Jeff Phares

This book chronicles all the stages in creating a realistic human face from wood. Illustrated with detailed photographs of more than 20 finished carvings, this book also offers a wealth of technical how-to information for woodworkers and artists. Helpful information includes advice on handling tools, tips for working wood to resemble the shape of skin and muscles, and hints on carving realistic hats and headdresses. Also included are more than 20 diagrams that explain facial anatomy and how it relates to carving masks and busts.

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Power Tool Woodcarving
by Alan & Gill Bridgewater

“The book will help readers mightily....The projects outlined are clearly laid out, the instructions for them easy to follow. The projects...are multicultural, too, for they include an African art object, traditional American art objects, a Native-American art object, a French art object, and, yes, even an Icelandic art object.”—Booklist.

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Carving Birds & Beasts
by Woodcarving Magazine

Full color photographs throughout and numerous diagrams illustrate each project from multiple angles (including final form on mountings), and helpful tips are offered on getting the results you want. Projects include mare and foal, humpback whale, leaping dolphin, bison, prairie dog, swans, and 25 more. In addition, interviews with famous carvers explain how they approach their craft.

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About the Author

Cary is our Development & Outreach Librarian. Her idea of a perfect day is reading or watching British crime fiction with a cup of hot tea close at hand, her favorite quilt, and her cat Clio on her lap.