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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; First Edition edition (2 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565232925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565232921
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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"This book is perfect for any woodworker looking to expand their talents, a seasoned carver refining their skills, or a beginner newly introduced to this fulfilling craft. Brimming with expert instruction and nine attractive projects, the book will teach you a variety of classic carving styles and techniques along with the fundamentals of wood and tool selection, sharpening, creating a workspace, and finishing your completed work." - Woodturning Magazine, United Kingdom"If there is one book that encompasses all a beginner needs to know about woodcarving in a simple and clear way, then it's this volume from Everett Ellenwood". -Woodworking Plans & Projects "Learning the art of carving is not as daunting a task as it might seem, with the help of a comprehensive new reference from one of America's premier artists and carving instructors, Everett Ellenwood". - Chip Chats

It was just like Christmas at our house last Saturday when your package arrived! What a wonderful book. This book is an amazing wealth of knowledge for anyone interested in woodcarving. Congratulations on a job well done!

I receive your book yesterday, it is wonderful. Every carver should have one. What a help it would be to a new carver getting started. It is so inclusive that it is great even for us "old carvers." I look forward to many happy hours with it.

Over the years I have acquired many books relating to woodcarving. This book of yours is one of the best.

Thanks for a lovely book! Done in your unique style. It is beautiful and so full of information. We both treasure it.

Learning the art of carving is not as daunting a task as it might seem, with the help of a comprehensive new reference from one of America's premier artists and carving instructors, Everett Ellenwood. The Complete Book of Woodcarving is a testimony of the author's 40 years of carving experience, including his practical advice, expert techniques, and valuable tips. Such relevant, useful information can be applied immediately for improvements to the work of carvers at all skill levels. Beginners will learn how to use tools like an expert, as well as what to look for when buying wood. Even carvers who have been making wood chips for years will find new techniques for sharpening tools, power carving, properly using finishes, and more. Everyone can benefit from the tool practice chapter, which includes knife control and making complex cuts. Every carving style is covered, from chip to relief. Pages are fully illustrated with examples of world class carvings, while nine classic projects lead readers from start to finish, including a stylized bird, chip carving, flower relief carving and more.

Thank your for producing such a wonderful course of instructions - I would be lost without it!!!

Received your book yesterday, and want to thank you so much for the very high quality book that you have published. It is quality from front to back cover, and will be a great resource along with your DVD's, which I use frequently. Look forward to your second book.

If there is one book that encompasses all a beginner needs to know about woodcarving in a simple and clear way, then it's this volume from Everett Ellenwood.

Thank you for taking the time and effort to write such a good book on woodcarving!

Received my copy today and wanted to congratulate you on and excellent book with great information! I also want to compliment you on the book's high quality and fantastic production values. You should be proud and just reiterates to me the high standard you set. I had started your stylized cat from looking at your videos and pictures on your website, but couldn't really find any frontal views. So you can imagine I was very pleased to see it in the book! Guess I had better get back to work on it! Thanks again for a great publication.

This book is perfect for any woodworker looking to expand their talents, a seasoned carver refining their skills, or a beginner newly introduced to this fulfilling craft. Brimming with expert instruction and nine attractive projects, the book will teach you a variety of classic carving styles and techniques along with the fundamentals of wood and tool selection, sharpening, creating a workspace, and finishing your completed work.

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In this fast-paced age of mass production, it's so gratifying to engage in a traditional craft that allows you to relax, focus, and create your own piece of art. Woodcarving is that kind of a craft. The simple act of taking a piece of wood and removing chips to reveal something uniquely beautiful embodies creativity, individuality, and craftsmanship. The craft of carving is easy to learn and can be with you for a lifetime. You only need a few tools to get started and, once you begin, there are so many carving styles to explore --from simple repetive patterns to intricate sculptures -- that you'll never run out of ideas for what you can create. And, with each completed carving, the satisfaction of creating something special will fuel and inspire your next project. Whether you're just beginning or you've already ventrued down the path of this fulfilling craft, this comprehensive volume offers a great starting point and the ultimate resource to turn to when you need help on specific topic. It's the ideal companion on your enjoyable journey into carving and the special art of making wood come alive.

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I got this book form my partner, who has just started woodcarving, it was brilliant ! It answerd the many questions that got her off & carving. The lay-out was easy to follow, and the photos and drawings explained things very well. I would recomend this book to any one who is thinking of taking up carving or even one who has been doing it for a while.
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This is very good book for beginners. Whereas many books give you a brief overview of the "behind the scenes" to the actual carving (they tell you what chisels to use for each job), this one takes you through it all step-by-step.

It gives you a thorough grounding in the basics (that you do need to understand to be able to tackle the more complicated stuff). It tells you in detail about equipment, about the types of chisels used (and what techniques they are used for) as well as an excellent guide to sharpening (different techniques needed for different chisels--it is more complicated than you would think) and help on the various cuts to make. There is some info, also, on power carving, but this is primarily aimed at manual carvers.

It really is a great book to build from and go back to. Whereas other carving books will lead you into more complicated projects, this is perfect to start off with. There are a couple of advanced designs in it, but the rest are very simple and at the perfect level for a beginner.

Note: Be sure, also, to check out Chris Pye's videos on his website. For about a fiver a month you can access a very good range of HD content, which I have found as helpful as anything else.
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this book is stellar, i should have bought it before i bought that kit of carving tools. it gives basic information on all materials and tools in the craft with a easy-to-understand style, as well as very practical steps to work your way into the craft. i love this dude.
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This is a must for all woodcarvers, whether a new beginner or someone with knowledge of carving.275 pages of information on everything to do with carving.this really is a great book in my opinion.I am glad its on my shelf
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Out of all the woodcarving books that I have purchased lately, this has to be one of the better ones for a starter to the art . The information for a beginner like myself I found to be excellent.
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Great book. Very detailed about equipment and tecniques. I was looking for a guide how to carve on obejects as i have a particular idea in mind, I read the great reviews on Amazon and i decided to buy this copy. It has in introduction to carving and few project at the end, funny enuff one of the designs pictured is exactly what i was thinking for my project. So im absolutely super happy about this book.. Thanks Amazon :)))
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This book can be described only as OK.It suffers from the problems of lots of books that try to be 'all thing to all men'. It can't describe in depth all the varous facets of wood carving and therefore leaves you wanting more. Still, its ok for a read.
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