Turn that frown upside down with these clowns! Capture the humor and warmth of America's original comedians. Includes 12 ready-to-use patterns, step-by-step carving demonstrations, and a full-color guide to face and costume painting. Here are detailed drawings and illustrations to show you how to create beautiful clown carvings. Let your inner child come out to play as you decorate them however you want. Wood carving is a beloved American folk art. Jim Maxwell offers some history, but clowns are just fun! Maxwell offers tips for beginners. He offers safety suggestions for handling sharp tools. With his help you can carve and paint clowns for yourself, to give as gifts to friends and family (kids love them), and to sell at your local crafts fair or online. His chapters include: *Basic woodwork *Tools for carving *How to take care of your tools *Drawings and templates *Oils to use on the wood *Techniques for carving *And more! Don't hesitate. Anyone can carve wood!