Top 10 Best Books to Read in Carving Crafts - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Carving Crafts. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Complete Starter Guide to Whittling: 24 Easy Projects You Can Make in a Weekend (Fox Chapel Publishing) Beginner-Friendly Step-by-Step Instructions, Tips, and Ready-to-Carve Patterns for Toys & Gifts

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Carving Crafts - August 2021

You can whittle just about anything—the only limit is your imagination! Inside this comprehensive whittler's starter guide you'll find: 24 easy-to-make whittling projects Step-by-step instructions How-to photos Ready-to-carve patterns How to whittle classic toys, useful gifts, and fun displays Whittling techniques for twigs and branches The 4 basic knife cuts that most whittlers use What to look for when choosing a whittling knife How to sharpen your knife for safe and enjoyable whittling It's so easy to get started in this relaxing and rewarding hobby. All you need is a knife, a twig, and this book! We've assembled a team of 12 leading woodcarvers to bring you a complete starter's guide to whittling. They present 24 easy whittling projects that you can make in just a weekend, complete with step-by-step instructions, how-to photographs, ready-to-carve patterns, and helpful tips. Start off with fast and fun projects that build confidence and teach fundamental carving techniques, like a simple flying propeller or a 5-minute owl. Then move on to create whittled wonders like a musical frog or a slingshot. The authors show you how to whittle complex designs in easy steps, so that you'll soon be carving attention-getting favorites like chain links or the classic ball-in-a-cage.

  • Author: Editors of Woodcarving Illustrated
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; First edition (May 1, 2014)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1565238428
  • Dimensions: 7.63 x 0.26 x 9.02 inches


2. Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Whittling Book, Gift Edition: Fun, Easy-to-Make Projects with Your Swiss Army Knife (Fox Chapel Publishing) 43 Useful & Whimsical Tools, Flowers, & Cute Animals to Whittle

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Carving Crafts - August 2021

With this pocket-sized guidebook and a trusty Swiss Army Knife, you'll be ready to whittle wherever you go! 43 fun projects to whittle, from practical items like forks and letter openers to whimsical animals and toys Easy step-by-step instructions for all the traditional whittling favorites like spoons, forks, flowers, and the classic curly tail rooster Sage advice on how to choose wood, sharpen a blade, and safely control your knife Special hardcover Gift Edition is a handy 5.5 x 6.75 inches and makes a perfect gift for Scouts, campers, hikers, and rangers Author Chris Lubkemann is a world-famous whittler who knows how to provide concise, beginner-friendly instructions In Victorinox Swiss Army(r) Knife Whittling Book , world-famous whittler Chris Lubkemann shows you how to carve 43 useful and whimsical objects using nothing more than a twig, a few minutes, and an Original Swiss Army Knife! Chris offers beginner-friendly step-by-step instructions for all the traditional whittling favorites like spoons, forks, and flowers, plus some decidedly funny animals and the classic curly tail rooster. He also provides sage advice on how to choose wood, sharpen a blade, and safely control your knife. Whether you're in front of a campfire or waiting for a bus, whittling is the creative way to unwind and have fun! Learn how to whittle all these fun projects: Knife Fork Knitting Needles Crochet Hook Spoon Whimmy Diddle Bow and Arrow Sailboat Owl Alligator Horse Pen Bird Flower Tree Rooster Heron Roadrunner Squirrel Coasters Tic Tac Toe Napkin Rings ...and much more! Published in collaboration with Victorinox(r) AG, makers of the Original Swiss Army(r) Knife.

  • Author: Chris Lubkemann
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; Gift edition (September 4, 2017)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crafts & Hobbies
  • ISBN: 978-1565239098
  • Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches


3. The Joint Book: The Complete Guide to Wood Joinery

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Carving Crafts - August 2021

Featuring illustrated instructions for over 70 joints, this spiral-bound book is the perfect companion for any woodworker interested in improving their joint-making skills. The Joint Book provides easy-to-follow directions for creating edge and scarf joints , lapped and housed joints , mortise-and-tenon joints , miters and bevels , dovetails , and dowels and biscuits , plus detailed descriptions of fasteners, hardware, and knockdown joints. This hardcover book with internal spiral binding is 6.5” × 8” , the perfect size for carpenters and woodworkers to keep near their workbench or toolbox for quick access. The design of this book allows it to lay open flat for easy and frequent reference. The interior photographs , illustrations , and diagrams make the learning process simple and fun for beginners, while advanced readers will gain insight from the book’s useful tips. Within, you’ll find: Step-by-step illustrated instructions for making all the basic joints in every joint family—mortise and tenon, dovetails, miters, and more—and their variations. Both hand tool methods and power tool techniques, plus a variety of easy-to-build jigs. How the nature of wood and its properties affect joinery, glue, and furniture design. The Joint Book is the ultimate workshop reference , providing woodworkers with the knowledge to choose the right joint for the job.

  • Author: Terrie Noll
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books; Illustrated edition (March 21, 2009)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-0785822271
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.75 x 8.13 inches


4. The Art of the Fold: How to Make Innovative Books and Paper Structures (Learn paper craft & bookbinding from influential bookmaker & artist Hedi Kyle)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Carving Crafts - August 2021

"The influential artist Hedi Kyle and renowned architecture graduate Ulla Warchol shows you how to create their unique designs using folding techniques. From creating flag books and fishbones, to blizzards and nesting boxes, you'll gain an invaluable insight into the work of two skilled artists with this fun read! With the help of their thorough instructions and simple illustrations, you'll be on your way to becoming a pro paper crafter in no time at all" – Sew magazine "A wonderful insight into the work of a truly skilled artist" – PaperCrafter The renowned and influential book artist Hedi Kyle shows you step–by–step how to create her unique designs using folding techniques in The Art of the Fold . Bookbinding and paper craft projects include flag books, blizzard books, the fishbone fold, and nesting boxes. Written by the doyenne of artists' books, Hedi Kyle, The Art of the Fold is a wonderful insight into the work of a truly skilled artist. Hedi will show you how to bind a book and fold paper to create over 35 of her cut–fold book designs. The book is beautifully illustrated with Hedi's finished works of art. An excerpt from the book: 'I can still remember the thrill I experienced when my first folded book structure emerged from my fingers – how eager I was to explore its possibilities and to share it with whoever was interested. The Flag Book, as I now call it, is a simple accordion and has interlocking pages oriented in opposite directions. Little did I know that this simple structure would have legs and be the catalyst for the next forty–plus years of thinking about and making books. The common perception of the book today is fairly straightforward: a series of pages organized around a spine and protected on either side by two covers. This format allows for easy access, storage and retrieval of information. Yet what happens when the book is stripped away of centuries of preconceptions and is allowed to reveal something else: playfulness, utility, invention? Expanding the notion of the book is what the structures in the following chapters of The Art of the Fold attempt to do. Exploring its tactile, sculptural form, primarily through folding methods, the book as a structural object is celebrated while content is considered in a new and unconventional way. My range in this medium has always been broad. In part this is due to my introduction to the world of bookbinding and some chance encounters. In the 1970s in New York City, the art and craft of hand bookbinding and papermaking were experiencing an unprecedented revival. I was fortunate to arrive in the city at just this moment. With an art–school background and an impulse to make things, I was naturally drawn to pursue this new opportunity. The Center for Book Arts, the famous forerunner of so many centers yet to come, was located in a small storefront just down the street from where I lived on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Under the direction of founder Richard Minsky, it had a radical mission: to push concept, materials, printing and making of artist books in a new direction. When Richard dared me to teach at the Center one evening a week, I was hooked. My career as a book conservator and a book artist has now spanned over 45 years. As head conservator at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, I've had the opportunity to handle some of the rarest volumes and manuscripts in the world. I have also dealt with decrepit books, torn maps and countless curiosities discovered in stacks and archives. All were endless sources for ideas and provided a springboard for a departure from tradition. Leading book–arts workshops around the world and a 25 year tenure teaching in the graduate program for Book Arts and Printmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia have shown me, in retrospect, that the more I taught, the more it propelled me to experiment and develop my ideas. The many students I have had over the years were always my biggest inspiration, and they continue to be so.' – Hedi Kyle, Pine Hill, NY Sept 2017

  • Author: Hedi Kyle
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing (October 2, 2018)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crafts & Hobbies
  • ISBN: 978-1786272935
  • Dimensions: 8.45 x 1.1 x 10.35 inches


5. Sandcastles Made Simple: Step-by-Step Instructions, Tips, and Tricks for Building Sensational Sand Creations

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Carving Crafts - August 2021

A crenellated turret here, a winding, arched staircase there, maybe even a giant turtle―fantasy is at the heart of every sandcastle. Summer after summer, both children and adults make valiant efforts to infuse their sandy structures with inspiration, but the results are generally disappointing.  With Sandcastles Made Simple ―now available in an extremely affordable paperback edition―Lucinda Wierenga, a renowned sand sculptor, puts a permanent end to less-than-perfect beach creations. She provides the ultimate step-by-step guide to building impressive sandcastles, and shows that with a few simple tools and a basic understanding of sand, building dream castles can be easy. The book features instructions for each of the elements―base, staircase, roof, balcony, and more―that can be combined to fashion one-of-a-kind castles. Also included are projects designed for young children, guidelines for working with large groups, and tips for sandcastle contests.

  • Author: Lucinda Wierenga
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; Illustrated edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crafts & Hobbies
  • ISBN: 978-1584797678
  • Dimensions: 7 x 0.38 x 8 inches


6. Carving Faces Workbook: Learn to Carve Facial Expressions with the Legendary Harold Enlow (Fox Chapel Publishing) Detailed Lips, Eyes, Noses, and Hair to Add Expressive Life to Your Woodcarvings

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Carving Crafts - August 2021

Pull up a seat next to Harold's carving bench as he teaches you how to carve faces with life and expression while sharing decades of carving tips and techniques! Learn from Harold Enlow, one of America's foremost caricature carvers: How to carve faces such as Cowboy, Santa, Wood Spirit, Witch, Ugly Faces, & more How to render highly-detailed features like eyes, lips, nose, hair, & ears How to add life and expression to your carvings Clear, easy-to-follow instructions Detailed patterns Masterful tips & techniques gathered over decades of carving Each project is done in small steps that guarantee success Follow along as the legendary Harold Enlow, a founding member of the Caricature Carvers of America, teaches you how to carve faces with life and expression. Enlow shares his masterful woodcarving tips and techniques that make his carvings stand out in this information-packed book. You'll learn to carve a female face, a cowboy face, a Native American face, a Santa face, and more. Best of all, you'll discover Enlow's secret to success: Learning how to render highly detailed eyes, lips, nose, hair, and ears before moving on to carving a complete face. Inside this workbook, you'll find clear, easy-to-follow instructions and detailed patterns for carving a variety of faces. Each project is done in small steps that guarantee success. For anyone who wants to learn to carve faces that stand out in a crowd, this is a must-have addition to your woodcarving library!

  • Author: Harold Enlow
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; First edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1565235854
  • Dimensions: 7.54 x 0.36 x 9.01 inches


7. Forest Craft: A Child's Guide to Whittling in the Woodland

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Carving Crafts - August 2021

With an emphasis on safety and adult supervision, Forest Craft presents a range of simple and fun whittling projects that children can make and enjoy hours of play with afterwards. The author, Richard Irvine, extols the virtues of exploring woodlands, getting to know the trees in your local area and learning about their characteristics and suitability for whittling. Projects include kazoo, mini furniture, duck call, rhythm sticks and elder wand. Includes a thorough guide to the basic tools and equipment that are required, the timber he recommends and would advise against for beginners, and the techniques that will be used in the projects. 20 whittling projects, with simple step-by-step instructions accompanied by photographs and useful tips. Includes a chapter on safety and safety tips throughout. Appealing to both forest school teachers and families , this is a book that can be turned to time and time again, through the different seasons and over many years. The skills learned can be treasured and passed down through generations, in time-honored traditions.

  • Author: Richard Irvine
  • Publisher: GMC Publications (February 12, 2019)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crafts & Hobbies
  • ISBN: 978-1784945008
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches


8. Scroll Saw Workbook, 3rd Edition: Learn to Master Your Scroll Saw in 25 Skill-Building Chapters (Fox Chapel Publishing) Ultimate Beginner's Guide with Projects to Hone Your Scrolling Skills

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Carving Crafts - August 2021

Use this ultimate beginner's scroll saw guide to hone your scrolling skills to perfection! 25 practice exercises to build your skills Step-by-step cutting instructions and patterns Essential information on blades, accessories, equipment, materials and procedures Learn scrolling techniques like stack cutting, relief, inlay, compound, segmentation, and more Objective guide to today's best scroll saws Author John Nelson has taught hundreds of students how to quickly and safely use the scroll saw to make practical and beautiful projects. Now it's your turn! This book is like having an experienced scroller in your shop, looking over your shoulder to tell you step-by-step how to get great results from your scroll saw. You'll find everything you need to know here, boiled down to the best and simplest methods. Practice a specific technique in each of 25 skill-building chapters, and then use that skill to make an attractive project. As you progress, each chapter builds upon the previous skills you've already learned. By the time you've completed the book, you'll be ready to tackle any scroll saw project with experience and confidence. Begin with the basics of cutting straight, curved, and jagged lines, and then progress to more advanced techniques like stack cutting, relief, inlay, compound, segmentation, and more. Project patterns include die-cut stationery, a fish silhouette, a butterfly with interior cuts, a hummingbird ornament, and a collapsible wooden basket. This new third edition provides an objective guide to all of the scroll saw models available in today's market, updated to include information on new scroll saw manufacturers.

  • Author: John Nelson
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; 3rd edition (September 1, 2014)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1565238497
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches


9. Cricut Design Space: The Beginner’s Step-by-Step Guide to Create Stunning and Impressive DIY Designs and Projects with Cricut Design Space 3.0

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Carving Crafts - August 2021

★ NEW EDITION  ★ ★  You’ve just bought your Cricut machine and are bubbling with excitement to make your first cuts and design the first of many DIY projects .  But then you open Design Space and are lost. As you click around and try to figure out how to get the image design from your computer screen to come to life on your vinyl, you feel frustrated and are about to give up.  What if there was  an easy solution for you to learn Cricut Design Space  quickly? Cricut Design Space is  exactly what every new Cricut owner needs!  This step-by-step guide is  perfect for beginners who have just purchased their Cricut  machines. With easy to follow instructions, critical tips and tricks, and more, you can start creating beautiful projects in no time.  With this guide in your hands, you will: ✓   Quickly learn how to use Design Space  and make your first DIY projects come to life with your new machine ✓   Discover essential tips and tricks  to navigating and using Design Space for exactly what you need  ✓   Use your Cricut like a pro  and become efficient and fast when making new DIY projects  ✓   Create stunning and impressive projects , decorations, clothing, and more with your Cricut  ✓   Impress your friends and family  with DIY projects that look like they were purchase at the store ✓   Always have a personalized gift ready  and available for your closest friends and family members during holidays and special events ✓   Effectively maintain and care for your Cricut  machine so you can use it for years to come  ✓   And Much More!  Don’t let the frustration of learning Design Space keep you from creating incredible crafts and projects with your Cricut.  With this guide, you’ll  quickly learn how to navigate the software  and start creating beautiful fonts and images for your projects.  Order Your Copy of the Guide and Start Creating Your Cricut Projects Today!

  • Author: Amanda Vinyl
  • Publisher: Independently published (January 7, 2021)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 979-8591085957
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.32 x 9 inches


10. Soap Making Business Startup: Everything You Need to Know in Order to Start a Soap Making Business and Make Money

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Carving Crafts - August 2021

Do you want to turn your soap-making hobby into a business? Or are you a beginner looking to start making money with soap? Then this is the book for you! Soap-making is a vital yet often overlooked part of the modern world. It's is an essential cleaning tool - and the people who produce it understand this lucrative market. This book breaks down everything you need to know about creating a soap-making business. With practical advice and step-by-step instructions, you'll learn everything from picking the right materials to starting up your first business. Soap-making is a great way to make some extra money on the side, and this book gives you all the tools you need to turn that hobby into a full-fledged job! Here's what you'll discover inside: The Science of Soap-Making Evaluating the Best Soap-Making Materials A Simple Guide to Soap Production Fats and Oils - Which Are the Best? Saturated and Unsaturated Soap and Cleansers Answers to Common Questions About Soap-Making Businesses And So Much More! No matter your level of experience, you're bound to find a wide range of valuable advice inside this book. So if you’re looking to make some money using soap, or you want to take your passion to the next level, then Soap Making Business is for you! Buy now to discover how you can turn your soap-making hobby into a business today!

  • Author: Carol Hill
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crafts & Hobbies, Wood Crafts & Carving, Carving