This is a perfect example of the finer things coming in small packages and you will love this one.
Carving Wooden Finger Puppets and Cane Toppers
Fox Chapel Publishing
What a great little book! Ross Oar has 20 fun projects carved from basswood eggs. Whimsical finger puppets or cane toppers like a parrot, alligator, Roscoe the Raccoon and more. Each project has step-by-step instructions on how to turn simple basswood eggs into lively, fun puppets or toppers. Oar has a palette of colors to show you how to do the finish painting of the projects. There is a bonus in oar's book, he shows you how to carve five landscape projects into those same basswood eggs. All 20 plus projects can very easily be turned into bottle stoppers or even attractive coat hangers. Certainly a fun book.
For woodcarvers who want quick, easy, and affordable carving projects, this 80-page book has it all, from whimsical animal faces perfect for a puppet show, to beautiful relief-carved landscape scenes, and all are made with a simple baswood egg.
Written by Ross Oar, carving expert and author of Carving Wooden Santas, Elves & Gnomes, this new book is a collection of delightful projects suited for the young and the young at heart. It includes three complete step-by-step projects that guide readers to make "Fred the Frog," "Tom the Cat," and a lovely relief-carved covered bridge. The patterns are perfect for making not only puppets, but cane toppers, coat hangers, bottle stoppers and more, plus they include design ideas and instructions for additional options.
Other amusing patterns include a parrot, a golden retriever and dachshund, squirrel, chimp, alligator, wild cats and more.
Ross Oark began carving at the age of 10. He majored in art and practiced his carving while in the navy to pass the time at sea. He is a graphic artist and works in metal as well as carving.
This book is the very best. There are a few pages dedicated to tools, materials and safety, but the majority of the book is dedicated to carving and projects. There are 20 whimsical projects from basswood eggs. Each project has beautiful color photos of the project and the descriptions are thorough.
Ross has authored a small book made up of 79 pages but it is filled with just what the carver wants - projects, projects and more projects with lessons for each.
Every carver would love to have this book. Don't forget to give your carver the book that they will always use all year - Father's Day, Mother's Day or that birthday that is coming up soon. Don't forget Christmas is just around the corner.
ThiS book is perfect for Woodcarvers looking for a fun way to break up those long assignments with quick and easy carvings. Each project is evolved from a simple basswood shaped egg, using different patterns to create some wonderful finger puppet characters. Detailed step-by-steps introducing Tom Cat and Fred Frog gets you on your way and once you have the basics under your belt, you can have a go at working on the varied templates of Allie Alligator, Ollie Ostrich, Peter Panda, Squeaker Squirrel, and friends.
There is even a colour chart attached to each character for those who wish to add paint to their carvings, plus instructions on how to turn your designs into cane toppers, coat hangers and bottle stoppers. The book moves on to carving relief landscapes, again using the basswood egg as a base, to create scenes such as a covered bridge, a lighthouse and a train.
Ideal for the beginner looking for a fun way into carving, or for the more experienced wanting to create novel gifts for the kids, this book is a nice addition to your carving library.