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From the PublisherShipley gives the carver ideas on tools to use and how to sharpen those tools. He also says that northern basswood is his wood of choice and describes the best basswood to use. He discusses transfering patterns and of course safety with the carving knife and saws. He goes into great detail with pictures to show the carver how to cut out the blanks with the patterns and saws.
This book is full of patterns that the woodcarver can use, 12 to be exact. Front, back and side views of each pattern are given. Patterns include characters like Demler, Frank, the dog Beau, Skinny Lenny, Willie, Ezra, Bobby Ray, Arlo, Benny, Granny, Odie and an outhouse. This book is well worth the price for the many patterns as well as the excellent details and pictures.
A very unique feature of this book is that each pattern shows you a completed, painted project which gives the specific paint color used so you can duplicate the exact look shown. Mike's painting really brings to life each and every carving.
All in all we have another winner and a must have book for Mike Shipley fans !!