128 pages, 8 × 8 × 0.25 in
April 1, 2009
Fox Chapel Publishing
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1565233662
ISBN - 13: 9781565233669
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: All about Wood 2
Chapter 2: Woodcarving Supplies 12
Chapter 3: Tools 24
Chapter 4: Projects 70
From the Publisher
Introduce children to a hobby that lasts a lifetime - woodcarving. With just a few basic tools, scrap wood, and the safe techniques outlined in this fun project book, any child between the ages of 9-12 will be on their way to creating keepsakes or crafting hand-carved gifts for their family.
First, children learn all about wood. They learn about the anatomy of a tree, how to choose the best wood for carving, defects commonly found in wood, and where to find "free" wood in nature. Next, safety is stressed. Kids learn how to correctly-size a protective glove, and how to make their own thumb guard. They also learn how to properly handle tools, and the best way to safely use wood finishing supplies.
Woodcarving tools and supplies are covered in great depth, with each tool's use explained and illustrated with a step-by-step practice exercise, that builds skill and confidence in young readers. Carving techniques start with the safest and most basic tools and work up to more advanced tools, like a pocketknife, chisel and gouge. In fact, the first practice project ensures a safe experience, as it shows kids how to carve a boat out of a bar of soap, using just a plastic disposable knife!
They'll learn how to properly open and close a pocket knife, and how to make basic woodcarving cuts, like the push cut, stop cut, incised cut, score cut and chip cut. And kids will learn when they need to use other tools, like a coping saw for curved cuts, or a clamp for attaching wood to a table. Another skill put to practice is sanding and finishing wood, and includes how and when to best use water paints, acrylic paints, colored pencil and varnish.
Especially important in building good habits that can be applied to all aspects of life, is the chapter on care and maintenance of tools. Children will learn how to store tools and how to keep them in tip-top shape.
Once you've mastered the tool exercises, you'll confidently put your newly formed skills to practice with 7 projects for carving a fun wooden whistle, a croaking musical frog, a relief-carved eagle head, a snowman ornament, and more!
From the Jacket
Take Pride in Saying, "I Made That!"
Carving things out of wood is easy and lots of fun. All it takes is a few simple tools, a piece of wood, your imagination - and the skills you'll learn with this book! With step-by-step photographs and easy-to-follow instructions to guide you through each project, you'll be amazed how easy and exciting it is to carve. Each of the projects will teach you something new and build your confidence as you transfer patterns, use carving tools, and finish the wood. In addition, you'll learn how to work safely, pick the right wood, and how to sharpen and care for your tools.
Before you know it, you'll carve these 7 cool projects and be looking for more!
-snowman holiday ornament
About the Author
Everett Ellenwood has been a carving instructor for more than 25 years. He has made two best-selling videos, Beginning Woodcarving and Sharpening Simplified.
"Includes diagrams, patterns and step-by-step photos for projects such as a croaking frog, snowman ornament and wooden train whistle." —Everett Ellenwood, award-winning carver, Model Retailer Magazine