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Illustrated Guide to Carving Tree Bark: Releasing Whimsical Houses and Woodspirits from Found Wood
Authors: Jack A. Williams, Rick Jensen

8.5 X 11
Price: $14.95

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When You Carve Tree Bark, No Two Projects Are Exactly Alike!

In medieval times, shepherd peasants believed that a spirit dwelled deep within each tree. If a shepherd carved a face into the wood, the spirit would be released and good luck would be bestowed upon the carver.

Award-winning carver Rick Jensen—with the help of carver/photographer Jack A. Williams—helps you release the inner spirit from tree bark in this new book. The natural beauty found in a piece of weathered cottonwood bark provides inspiration and direction to create something new and original each time.

Inside, you’ll find step-by-step instructions on carving a whimsical house and a tree, plus detailed advice on painting and finishing your carvings. You’ll learn about the various species of cottonwood and their particular carving characteristics—plus tips on where to find your supplies.

You’ll find a chapter on bark carving basics, including:
• Cutting cross-grain
• Carving soft areas
• Proper bark carving tools, such as hand tools, power tools, glues and more

Learn from the artist how to sketch out your ideas before carving or follow along with a series of detailed patterns of a variety of wood spirits. You’ll be guided through each step of the finishing process, to gain a soft, touchable finish by using a unique combination of lacquers, waxes, shoe polish and paint.
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