A Great "Carving" How-to

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Review by MsDebbieP posted 01-13-2010 10:21 PM 2512 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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this review was first posted in our LJ eMag, January 2010

Have you been inspired by the carvers’ projects here at, such as the work by Jordan, Mikelknot, and Mark Decou , to name a few? Is “carving a face” on your list of woodworking projects but you just don’t know where to start? Here is a great place to begin—the resource book: “Carving The Human Face”.

With over 250 steps, broken down into eight working sections, the author carefully guides you through the process of releasing the human face from a chunk of wood. Each step is clearly explained in the text as well as the accompanying photos. Photos include work in progress, planning sketches and sketches of the human anatomy to help understand and achieve lifelike features.

In addition to the detailed process for the featured carving, the reader is provided with examples of changes that can be made to the original design. Also included are photos of common mistakes made when carving a face as well as ways to fix the errors.

As I read through the book, it seemed to me that as much work went into capturing the step-by-step process as it did to do the actual carving! I was very impressed.

My Ratings of The Book
Layout and Appearance: Filled, front to back, with photos and directions! Thumbs Up!
Instructions: Clearly written and supported by the photos & drawings. Thumbs Up!
Project Selection: A beautiful rendition of a Native American. Beautiful – Thumbs Up!
Inspiration: Inspiring just to watch the process, let alone give it a try. Thumbs Up!
Overall: Thumbs Up!

Free Draw (deadline January 31, 2010)—see eMag issue for more information

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

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 10:28 PM

Thanks for the info….I entered for the drawing….(looks like a lot of great info)....I will certainly have to get a copy….(would be great to win one – but who knows) a real novice to the craft….I will need alot more practice and learning before I could even make the mistakes they talk about…

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 11:11 PM

then you have no where to go but “up” :D
You will find the book a great resource for your carving journey!
Good luck with the draw.

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

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#3 posted 01-15-2010 01:44 AM

Thanks for the very detailed review. It’s always great to try new things.

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