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Learn to Whittle Fascinating People in Wood

Make Hundreds of Different Expressions with One Knife
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Master the art of carving expressive people--with just one knife! Charles Banks, professional carver, longtime instructor, and author of Learn to Whittle Fascinating People in Wood reveals how to take a single blank and turn it into literally hundreds of different characters, both male and female. With illustrated techniques for achieving everything from different hairstyles and facial expressions to painting impressive details without fear, you have everything you need to create showstopping characters with just a knife and a hunk of wood. It includes 12+ projects with full-size patterns featuring various human characters with a separate tutorial section on carving facial features and clothes. Great for beginners and advanced carvers who want to solidify their whittling skills.


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Pages 120
Publish Date 2024-07-30
Size 8.0" x 10.0" x 0.0"
Author Charles Banks
Product Form Paperback / softback


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Publishers Weekly
Novice whittlers will appreciate this wonderful introduction to the craft.
This book expresses the pure and simple joy of flat-plane carving in a friendly and accessible manner.

Getting Started

From choosing your tools to identifying cutting zones and practicing basic cuts, you’ll master safety and sharpening/stropping techniques alongside master carver Charles Banks.

Carving Details

Master proportions through dozens of exersizes in carving details from clothes to facial expressions and hair.

Painting and Finishing

Get expert advice on choosing paints, finishes, and brushes, learn shading, and follow a step-by-step tutorial for painting a completed carving.

About the Author

Charles Banks is a Minnesota-based carver with a passion for the Nordic arts. His area of study for the past twenty years has been Scandinavian Flat Plane figure carving. A current art educator and lifelong learner, Charles gives his students hands-on experience including history, influential individuals, a study of individual characters, and character design all culminating in the creation of his student's own hand-carved characters. Charles teaches at the John C. Campbell Folk School, The Vesterheim Folk School, and the Milan Village Arts School. His personal message to all students taking classes is, "Thank you for investing in yourself", "Sloyd time versus screen time" and "Welcome to the Flat Plane Family"!

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