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Carving Golfers: 12 Projects Capturing the Joys and Frustrations of the World's Greatest Game Paperback – 22 Jun 2006

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This issue's book is one of Fox Chapel's new ones. It covers the caricature carving of one of my favorite subjects - golfers. I don't play golf anymore but have played in the past to really appreciate the humor (and frustration) of some of golf's predicaments. Bill Howrilla is a cartoonist as well as a carver and has developed the "funny side" of 12 different golf situations into patterns and "go by" photographs. In Part one, the author does an overview of the carving of golfers including the tools he uses, painting, antiquing and how to do the accessories and bases. Two additional features are his cartoons of various golfer expressions and how to make and use an armature for designing your own golfers. Advanced carvers will appreciate his encouragement for you to produce your own designs and some of the expressions that typify many of golf's situations and frustrations. Part two is a detailed step-by-step sequence of how to carve one of his designs - a golfer that has just gotten up and is contemplating his next moves with a club in one hand and coffee cup in the other. His pattern is very complete with 4 views of the figure from the front, back, both sides and a unique top view. These views leave nothing to the imagination as to what the author had in mind. He includes a detailed section on preparing the band saw blank that should be very valuable for the beginning carver. The step-by-step photos are quite complete. The unique thing he has done is to include, from time to time, a comparison of the carving step with the completed carving. This will help the carver see where the specific step relates to the completed carving. The section concludes with a painting and antiquing guide and six views of the completed carving. Part three is a pattern and photo gallery of 11 additional golfers. Each pose covered in 4 pages with 4 views of the pattern and, in most cases the top view, and photographs of the 5 views of the completed carving. A great addition to your carving library!

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TAKE YOUR BEST SWING AT THIS HUMOROUS CAST OF GOLFING CHARACTERS! Hacking. Slicing. Pitching out of a sand trap. Missing a putt. Or sinking that once-in-a-lifetime shot. The joys and frustrations of the world's greatest game are captured in this fun and easy-to-follow guide to carving golfers. Inside, you'll find valuable tips on how to get started-including information on tools, materials and finishing. This is followed by step-by-step instruction on actually carving a caricature golfer named "Rise and Shine," leading you through each part of the process, including bandsawing, carving, painting and antiquing. In addition you'll find a gallery of 11 more patterns for other golfing caricatures, such as: *Judging the Distance *Perfect Form *Concentration *No Sweat *Nearly There *Please Oh Please *Yes! *Almost *Lining It Up *No Way *On Par Author Bill Howrilla carves golfers that look as if they could walk right off their wooden bases and continue their games on the top of your desk. He has a knack for catching golfers at the height of their expressions: the thrill of sinking a difficult putt, the disbelief at missing an easy putt, the frustration of ending up in the ruff or in the sand pit. From the best game of your life to the worst game you've ever played, any golfer will see a little bit of himself in these comical carvings.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource. 3 Jun. 2016
By Cruise Boy - Published on Amazon.com
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Very useful for my carvings. Have had many compliments on them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 Jan. 2015
By Norm Elsley - Published on Amazon.com
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very pleased with my purchase and delivery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 12 Aug. 2014
By chuckherman - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book. Some projects pretty complex and require larger tan 2"x2" wood that I usually use.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 20 July 2014
By Reon russell bird - Published on Amazon.com
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Haven't had time to read it fully but it appears to be very detailed
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1.0 out of 5 stars book 28 Dec. 2012
By sally schatz - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was originally returned as purchased from Goodwill and had 2 pages of the main pattern cut out. They were very good about refunding me and I later purchased it from the publisher I think. Blah Blah
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