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.