About Wood Carving Author Betty Padden

Best Selling Author

Known for both her storytelling and woodcarving skills, Betty Padden brings magical celebration of nature alive in her holiday collections.

Fox Chapel Author Betty Padden

Betty Padden has been a professional wood carver for more than 35 years. She is the author of three books—Lettering & Sign Carving Workbook, Carving & Painting Christmas Ornaments, and Carving and Painting Noah’s Ark—and is a regular contributor to Woodcarving Illustrated magazine.

Located in Auburn, Massachusetts, she and her husband Bob collaborated to make hand-carved signs for businesses around the country. Betty has been perfecting her fine art wood-carving skills since 1970. She credits her uncle Carl’s mischievousness and love of nature as inspiration for her Santa Carl’s Tree Company woodcarvings, a community of elves that live in and around Christmas tree farms.

Best Sellers

Carving & Painting Christmas Ornaments by Author Betty Padden

Carving & Painting Christmas Ornaments

Easy Techniques for 23 Patterns in Wood
Carving & Painting Noah's Ark by Author Betty Padden

Carving & Painting Noah’s Ark

Easy-Build Ark Plans Plus Step-by-Step Instructions & Patterns for Classic Animals

Lettering & Sign Carving Workbook by Author Betty Padden

Lettering & Sign Carving Workbook

10 Skill-Building Projects for Carving and Painting Custom Signs

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Businesses have come to know how important a good sign is. People love wood. It is warm and natural. Our students are fascinated to learn how to release a figure out of a block of wood.

– Betty Padden