This book shows the reader how to carve each of the 12
Santa's presented in two different ways: as "standing"
and as "shelf-sitting" Santa's.
The first part of the book covers the basics of carving
Santa's. The author includes information on the carving and
painting techniques, such as wood choice, basic cuts,
carving tools, basic painting supplies and finishing
The second part of the book focuses on how to carve the
Santa's. Readers have two options. They can carve either a
standing Santa or a shelf-sitting Santa. Each standing Santa
is approximately four inches tall, full-bodied, and can
stand on a table-top or shelf. The shelf-sitters are
flat-bottomed with the addition of swinging legs. These
figures are carved specifically to sit on the edge of a
shelf or desktop with legs dangling over the edge.
In this second section of the book, the author provides a
step-by-step demonstration that shows the reader how to
carve, paint and finish a standing, full-bodied Santa. An
easy-to-follow pattern and finished photos of the carving
start this section. Close-up photography and detailed
captions cover the project from start to finish. The author
then follows up this demonstration with a second
demonstration on "shelf-sitters." She shows the reader how
to carve and join the body and legs.
The third section of the book includes patterns for the
remaining 11 Santa's. The patterns are specially designed for
beginning carvers. Each has two components: a square
on-the-wood pattern to help the reader get started, and a
dimensional figure to help the reader finish the project.
Patterns are included for both the standing and the
shelf-sitting versions. Finished examples of each Santa are
shown. These shots include views from several angles, plus
close-ups as appropriate to provide the reader with a clear
idea of the project. Historical notes on the origin of the
Santa, plus carving and painting notes round out this
This book is ideal for beginning level carvers and will
appeal to any carver who would like to expand his repertoire
of Santa's to carve for gifts or for sale.