About Carver James Miller
ames Miller started carving at age 11 under the guidance of a supportive Community Education carving group. The members of this group introduced him to the Scandinavian flat-plane style, which sparked his ever-expanding interest in Scandinavian culture as a whole. This interest, and the support of mentors, family, and friends, has led him to become the youngest Vesterheim Gold Medalist woodworker, teach several classes,
and demonstrate in numerous small-town events. In 2010, James’ work appeared in Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine for the first time as part of the Best Carving Design Contest. Several years later, through the encouragement of Harley Refsal, he submitted an article to Woodcarving Illustrated’s 5th Whittling edition. In 2018, he traveled to Norway to meet with
talented craftsmen and learn their techniques. Since then, he has written several articles for the magazine and is now the author of two books, Whittling Workbook (2022) and Whittling Flat-Plane Animals (2020).
When he’s not busy with handcraft, exploring the outdoors, or spending time with friends, James is at work developing software, where he also happily faces the same challenge he finds in his woodcarving: simplifying and abstracting ideas in unique ways.
Whittling Flat-Plane Animals
Featuring 15 wood animal projects that focus on the accessible flat-plane style of wood carving. Find step-by-step projects and patterns for reindeer, bears, ravens, hares, and more!
This easy method of carving is the perfect starting point for beginners to fall in love with woodcarving—or for experienced carvers to try something new! Featuring 15 wood animal projects that focus on the accessible flat-plane style of wood carving, each design inside Whittling Flat-Plane Animals can be accomplished in just one day with just one knife, encouraging novices and intermediate carvers alike.
Even in today’s technological world, word
is spreading that directing your eyes to your hands rather than glowing devices can be calming and healthy for the soul. – James Miller
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