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Carving Horses in Wood (Home craftsman series) Paperback – 20 May 1985

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Discusses the use of the basic tools of wood carving and explains how to carve lifelike models of different breeds of horses.

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More of a catelog of images 23 Jan. 2013
By James Michael Bush - Published on
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I found this book to be lacking in substance. It shows lots of examples of horses that the author and others have carved, but many look rather crude (not quite finished). There is not much information of use in my opinion. If you just want pictures of "whittled" horses, this will add to your library, but if you are interested in a book that teaches you or explains how to carve horses, and your resources are limited, I would look for something else.
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"Carving Horses in Wood" 19 July 2013
By Deborah Collin - Published on
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There are two quotations on the copyright page that sum up Eric Zimmerman's philosophy. The first is from an unknown author:

"He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is an artisan.
He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist."

The second clearly expresses his love of his subjects:

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." ~ Liam O'Flaherty

Zimmerman is an exceptional artist with an incredible eye and magic hands. In an era where power carving is all the rage, and the price of the equipment continues climbing toward the stratosphere, his arsenal of carving tools can literally fit into the palm of his hand. As impossible as it seems, his complete kit consists of an X-acto knife and a half-dozen common folding pocket knives.

There are plan views and photographs aplenty, and the text is obviously and optimistically aimed at the beginning woodcarver, but this is most certainly not a beginning carver's book - at least not in the project sense. As a captivating view of the work of a master craftsman, or as a distant goal that might someday be achieved, it is wonderful.

But for the novice, or even for the more experienced intermediate carver, you'd have to be really hooked on pain to tackle the challenge of these beautiful horses. And hooked in more ways than one. Zimmerman mentions the dangers involved and their unfortunate consequences. (The woodcarver's 11th Commandment is "Thou shalt not bleed on thy workpiece.") This is extremely detailed work, and accidents are all but inevitable.

The horses he carves are almost impossibly detailed, and in such striking, realistic action poses that they seem to be living creatures, frozen in time. His knowledge of anatomy is equal in every respect to his skill with a blade. There are jumpers, standers, colts, and draft horses. He does it all, and he does it brilliantly

In several places in the book, Zimmerman refers to what he does as "whittling," a word with unpleasant connotations, considered by many carvers to be something of an insult. Zimmerman wears it as a badge of honor, knowing that he is as far from a front porch wood chipper as you can possibly get.

For the most advanced among us, "Carving Horses in Wood" is ideal as a project book. For the rest of us, it is still a delight. For carving enthusiasts and horse lovers alike, it is a fascinating glimpse into the heart and soul of an incredible artist.
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You can get better than this. 25 Sept. 2014
By Arthur C - Published on
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This book leaves a lot to be desired, mostly sketches of horses.
Five Stars 5 Aug. 2014
By paul larnce jr - Published on
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This is an excellent book for anybody who's serious about carving figurines- esp. horses.
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