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Carving Wooden Santas, Elves & Gnomes

Carving Wooden Santas, Elves & Gnomes
by Ross Oar

Fox Chapel Publishing: 2008
Paperback, 96 pp., $16.95
ISBN 978-1-56523-383-6

     From miniatures and hanging ornaments to roly-poly toys and elves, this detailed project book shows side and front-on views for hand carving twenty-five different holiday designs. A handsome toy soldier, a Santa ornament with a spiral-cut beard, Mrs. Claus, some reindeer, a sky-diving Santa ornament, and several renditions of Father Christmas, are all clearly photographed in finished form along with patterns and a bit of advise on changing carved details if desired.
     Mr. Oar offers a brief introduction to tools and materials, plus design ideas and painting and finishing tips, then launches into two projects with several pages of step-by-step photos in how to advance the carving. These two initial projects guide the beginner from bandsawn blank to finished project, and are followed by twenty-three other project ideas with lined patterns and advice on completing them.
     Holiday projects would be a great way to learn to carve, and Mr. Oar's initial instuctions apply to the projects all through the book to ensure success.

. . . Barb Siddiqui