• Art of Spoon Carving

    This beautifully illustrated guide by master woodcrafter Lora Irish teaches the basics of wooden spoon carving. Perfect for beginners, the book presents 12 step-by-step projects that illustrate a variety of historic carving styles.

    A selection of mix-and-match patterns offer suggestions for creating dozens of unique designs for spoons and other implements – forks, ladles, dippers, spatulas, knives, pie servers, and scoops. In addition to clear, detailed directions accompanied by helpful drawings, inspiring photographs illustrate decorative ideas for using the carved spoons in kitchen wreaths, centrepieces and other ornaments.

  • Carousel Animal Carving

    Make beautiful carved carousel animal, guided by a master of the craft. Ellis covers it all, from planning, pattern-making and carving to painting and finishing. Each chapter has close-up colour photos of specific animal parts, saddle and ornament details.

    Choose from 40 patterns or design your own.

    "Walks the reader through the process of creating either a full-sized or miniature carousel horse from planning the project to selecting the proper wood and supplies, to finishing the animal with authentic paint schemes and trim details . . . illustrated with numerous color photographs showing exact painting details." Woodshop News

  • Danish Art of Whittling

    The beautiful Scandinavian projects in this book range from simple wooden toys for children, including a bird whistle, ring catcher, animal figures and a wooden sword to practical items like door hooks, butter knives and then to decorative pieces such as a wooden necklace, buttons, delicate carved flowers and a chess set.

    All the projects are amazingly simple, and with the visual step-by-step technique section at the front of the book, even a beginner could take on these projects. The art of whittling has never been more accessible and these beautiful but simple projects capture the spirit of the Scandinavian love of craft and nature.

  • Fine Art of Carving Lovespoons

    Learn to create beautiful lovespoons with 3 step-by-step projects and 15 original patterns. Sections on the history of lovespoon carving, selecting woods, using and maintaining tools, applying long-lasting finishes, and customizing your own designs ensure every aspect of your lovespoon carving project goes smoothly.

    The fascinating history and romantic symbolism of the lovespoon is further complimented by an inspiring gallery of modern and historical pieces carved in a variety of styles. This is the most thorough and detailed book available on the subject of lovespoon carving.

  • How to Whittle

    How to Whittle contains 25 beautiful and original designs to handcraft. Featuring a range of projects, from beautiful polished butter knives and love spoons to custom-made coat hooks and bespoke building blocks, this book also provides advice on selecting the best wood for your projects together with details of a range of finishes that will take the items from rustic objects to stunning showpieces.

    The full-colour photography and step-by-step instructions will guide beginners through every stage of the whittling process, from selecting and maintaining carving knives, to luxurious finishing techniques such as sanding, oiling and curing surfaces.

    This age-old craft is easier than you imagine, and the process is therapeutic and rewarding in itself. How to Whittle is the perfect introduction to an inexpensive and beautiful material that can be used to create heirloom gifts and unique keepsakes.

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  • Letter Carving

    You don't need to undertake a lengthy apprenticeship to get started with this enjoyable and rewarding craft. Letter-carving expert Andrew Hibberd shares his techniques for carving letters on wood and Portland stone for beginner and intermediate carvers.

    Based mainly on period styles of carving, these unique projects use examples of Andrew's work, starting with the simplest and progressing in difficulty. New styles and skills are introduced along the way and the projects include a cutting board, house sign, garden bench, picture frame and church plaque.

  • Lettering and Sign Carving Workbook
    Start to carve and paint signs with the 10 skill-building projects. From learning to carve simple cuts into a pre-made blank, to carving more intricate designs and finishing with elaborate painting, your skills will improve with each project.

    Specialized techniques such as creating custom lettering on a computer, gilding and more are also introduced.

    Projects include:

    • Circa Board
    • Welcome Sign
    • House Sign with Applied Cap and Molding
    • Noah's Ark
    • Irish Claddagh Sign
    • Banner with Raised Stein
    • Oval Sign with Duck
    • Cabin Sign with Birch Log Frame
    • Beach House Sign
    • Indoor Christmas Sign
  • Snitte: The Danish Art of Whittling

    Snitte, Denmark's art of wood whittling, is a rite of passage for most Scandinavians, and the passion for it lasts a lifetime. Wood whittling's practical, outdoorsy nature has been married to fine craftsmanship in this beautiful book about creating wood-sculpted birds that can be left uncoloured and crisp as they are in wood or coloured carefully to make exquisite sculptures.

    The book teaches even the beginner the basics of wood whittling a bird shape with step-by-step demonstrations (and templates for eight European birds), how to mount them elegantly on real pieces of wood, and how to paint them delicately to bring out their colourful beauty.

    Whether you are new to whittling or are looking for a fresh project with your whittling skills, this is a perfect book to make something special and tap into the wonders of Scandinavian craft.

  • Whittling Handbook

    This is the perfect introduction to the simple, yet immensely pleasurable craft of creating attractive objects with nothing more than a knife and a piece of timber.

    Whittling is an art form that can be as simple or as complex as you like. This delightful book guides you through the basics starting with straightforward projects such as a garden dibber and a paper knife, then progresses to more complex and intricate items such as a linked chain and a whistle. The tools you'll need, plus the basic techniques and how to perform them safely are all covered in a clear and easy-to-follow way.

    Projects include: Butter spreader, fork, cane toppers, backscratcher and dog-head stick handle.

  • Woodcarver's Workbook
    Get started in woodcarving animals with these high quality patterns, illustrated instructions and a simple craft knife. The humour and clarity of the easy to follow instructions inspires woodworkers to expand the reach of their carving skills.

    The book offers the perfect mix of technical knowledge, instruction, creativity and projects for carvers who wish to master the most popular animal subjects: cougars, rabbits, wolves, dogs, whitetail deer, bighorn sheep, wild mustangs, unicorns and moose.