- · Magazines
- · Chip Chats (www.chipchats.org.) Published by the National Wood Carvers Association (NWCA). Dues are $14 per year and include a subscription to Chip Chats. Address: National Wood Carvers Association, P.O. Box 43218, Cincinnati, OH 45243.
- · Wood Carving Illustrated (www.carvingworld.com.) Published by Fox Chapel Publishing. $19.95 for one year. Great magazine, lots of color illustrations and how-to information. WCI Subscriptions, 1970 Broad Street, West Petersburg, PA 17520.
- · Carving Magazine (www.carvingmagazine.com) The latest carving magazine, and in the same class as Wood Carving Illustrated. $19.95 for one year (four issues.) Carving Magazine, P.O. Box 500, Mount Morris, IL 61054-055.
- · Sharpening Service:
- · Ken Prentice, 14102 W. 69th Street, Shawnee, KS 66216, phone 913-268-0243. $2.25 per tool plus postage and insurance.
- · Tools
- · The Woodcraft Shop, 2724 State Street, Bettendorf, IA, 52722, 800-397-2278, www.thewoodcraftshop.com. Specialize in tools for woodcarvers (including Stubai). Great service, they will send you your order along with a bill.
- · Woodcarvers Warehouse.com, P.O. Box 611, Faribault, MN, 55021, 888-901-8099, www.woodcarverswarehouse.com. Distribute Stubai Palm Tools, which are one step above the Harmen gouges in quality and price. Their “Marv’s Set” is great set for caricature carvers – 8 gouges for $189.95.
- · Woodcraft, many locations (including Reno,) 7111 S. Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89511, 775-852-9912, www.woodcraft.com. Great selection and service, sometimes higher prices. Have all sorts of tools and supplies (not just for woodcarving). Exclusive U.S. supplier of Pfeil “Swiss Made” traditional carving tools.
- · Mountain Heritage Crafters, 601 Quail Drive, Bluefield, VA 24605-9411, 800-643-0995, www.mhc-online.com. Specialize in tools for woodcarving.
- · Woodcarver’s Supply, P.O. Box 7500, Englewood, FL 34295-7500, 800-284-6229, www.woodcarverssupply.com. Specialize in tools for woodcarving.
- · Reference Books
- · Barton, Wayne: Chip Carving: Techniques and Projects, 1984. Classic introduction to chip carving.
- · Butz, Rick: How to Carve Wood, 1984. Best reference book for an introduction to all types of carving. Based on Rick’s PBS series.
- · Enlow, Harold: Carving Figure Caricatures in the Ozark Style, 1975. Harold Enlow is the premier caricature carver in the U.S. today. This was his first book and is considered a classic.
- · Green, Larry and Altman, Mike: First Projects for Woodcarvers, 1996. The best book to get you started in woodcarving.
- · Kaisersatt, Marv: Creating Caricature Heads in Wood and on Paper, 2004. Outstanding step-by-step guide for designing and carving caricature heads and faces.
- · LeClair, W. “Pete”: Carving Caricature Busts, 2002. Pete has authored several books on caricature heads, faces, busts and full figures. They are all worthwhile but this one is my favorite.
- · Ransom, Ron: Carving Santas with Special Interests, 1991. Builds on Ron’s first book (see below) and gives a wealth of ideas for additional Santa designs.
- · Ransom, Ron: Santa Carving: A Primer for Beginning and Advanced Carvers, 1987. Ron’s simple, straightforward style of carving a Santa make it a great book to get started in figure carving.
- · Solomon, Charles and Hamilton, David: The Art of Stylized Wood Carving, 2003. Chuck has taught classes at our club twice now, and this is a wonderful book which inspires and teaches. There is an Instructional Section of the book that includes five step-by-step projects. Great introduction to power carving.
- · Stetson, Dave: Caricature Carving From Head to Toe, 2003. A complete step-by-step guide to capturing expression and humor in wood.
- · Miscellaneous Internet Sites. Great sights to browse, lots of information.
- · Caricature Carvers of America (CCA): www.cca-carvers.org.
- · Woodcarvers on the Web, www.woodcarversweb.com.
- · The Carver’s Companion, www.carverscompanion.com.
- · Schiffer Books (lots of carving books): www.schifferbooks.com.