In the informative yet humorous opening to this great little book, the author discusses the difference between whittling and carving. I would interpret his distinction as "a rose by any other name is still a rose": it's all about cutting away pieces of wood. The book, "Whittling Little Folk" is small in size but big in content! Eighteen projects in total, including two "step-by-step" figures provide examples, tips, and techniques to carve (or whittle) the cutest little characters you have ever seen. One of the "step-by-step" lessons, (creating Kristian, shown in the bottom left of the book cover,) has 42 steps, including photos, demonstrating the process. Very in-depth and easy to follow. My Ratings of The Book: Layout and Appearance: Good balance of photos, how-to instructions, projects. Thumbs Up! Instructions: Clear information and instructions Thumbs Up! Projects Selection: A wide variety of characters, creating a small village. Great. Inspiration: There is even a section on "ideas" - oh the possibilities. Thumbs Up! Overall: Thumbs Up!
' if whittling and caricature carving appeals to you, then you'll enjoy Whittling Little Folk.' 'Plenty of fun guaranteed!'
These little people are a joy to behold, tiny and cute. Refsal's book is great for both the serious carver and the whittler as well. Refsal provides us with 20 fabulous characters to copy as is or to add your own characteristics to. The illustrations and photographs are very clear as are the whittling and finishing instructions. So, even if you are a beginner you could have these delightful little people adorning your home. The Lumberjack, the Cop, the Baker and the Amish Farmers are just a few of the diverse characters that you can whittle away at and Refsal shows you how in step-by-step instructions. Have fun!
From the Back Cover
Little in size, but big in personality! With just one carving knife and two simple patterns, you can carve a whole community of characters in the Scandinavian flat-plane style. Acclaimed artist Harley Refsal will teach you how to carve more than 20 characters in wood- from Monk to Police Officer and Lumberjack. In Whittling Little Folk, you will find step-by-step carving and painting instructions for a Scandinavian-inspired man and woman. Once you have learned to carve these two projects, you can use the same technique to complete patterns with some subtle alterations. Also included is a brief overview of the Scandianavian flat-plane style of carving, as well as four different views of each project for a complete 360-degree view of the character. The figures in Whittling Little Folk vary in complexity- there are projects for the beginner as well as the seasoned carver. They're fun, and won't take too much time- a caricature carver's dream come true.