LJ Book Draws #2: Lettering & Sign Carving Workbook by Betty Padden

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 12-19-2012 09:47 AM 3643 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This book review is from the December 2012 issue of our LumberJocks’ eMag

Fox Chapel Publishing is donating another book for a free draw! (See below for details)
Lettering & Sign Carving Workbook by Betty Padden

“Signs, signs, everywhere are signs” (lyrics from a song by Les Emmerson and performed by the Five Man Electrical Band) ….
And with this “how to” book you can add a few signs to the scenery! The book begins with photo/text tutorials on how to carve the numbers 0-9, from applying your pattern to the wood, to carving the numbers, and to finishing the sign in preparation for hanging it, including painting techniques.

The ten projects that are included in the book not only look at carving the designs but also includes putting pieces of wood together to form large blanks, using the bandsaw to cut out shapes, making 3-d type signs, painting techniques, and using power rotary tools. The projects go from a simple letter/number sign to a complex Noah’s ark with animals.

There are lots of photos and many “alternative strategies” and tips along the way. What I really like abou the book is the combination of carving and painting techniques, giving a carver, I think, everything that he/she needs to know to carve and create a beautiful and meaningful sign.


One random draw winner will receive a copy of the book.
To enter your name in the draw, click here and answer the two easy questions.
Deadline: January 10, 2012

Another big thank-you to Fox Chapel Publishing for their continued donation of books for free draws here at

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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