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Whittling Little Folk: 20 Delightful Characters to Carve and Paint Paperback – May 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; 1ST edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781565235182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565235182
  • ASIN: 1565235185
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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I buy it again in a heartbeat!
Eagle Eye
Carving Little People is a great book for the beginner, intermediate to advanced carver, to work on your skills or are a new carver looking for a project.
Wahskcid
And because of the ease they are created it would be easy to do some of your own designs.
THEOAN LEDOUX

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Jahrling on April 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
First, this is a delightful book. With Harley Refsal and Fox Chapel Publishing, it would be hard to miss. Harley Refsal is the modern master of Scandinavian flat plane carving. His former books set the standard for flat plane carving. This one is no exception.
Most of the projects are small (under 4") characters, and they are totally delightful. For the first project (page 56), Harley presents a very simple fish, perfect for a first project for totally beginning carvers (or whittlers, as Harley calls us). In the second project, A Horse Named Tiny, Harley he has given us his take on the Dala horse, in a pocket-sized project perfect for a beginner's second project.
There are clear detailed instructions for carving and painting the first two little folk. The other little people are all variations of the first two characters, changing hats and clothing and stretching some of them about 115%. The painting really makes these little folks come alive, and it is super simple. I encourage everyone to make an entire village of these way cute little guys and gals.
The reason for only four stars is the first step-by-step project, Kristian. The pattern for the blank (page 23) is more like a generic man - there is no provision for hair or hat of any kind. If you look at the blank on page 28, you will see a blank with the proper amount of wood for the project. To try to get Kristian out of the blank on page 23 would be extremely frustrating to any carver, but especially for a beginning carver. Hence the missing star.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. P. Przybylowicz on August 8, 2012
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I respect Harvey Refsal for his encouragement of the art of whittling and Scandanavian carving. This book falls short of the quality of some of his earlier publications. How Fox Chapel Publishing could have allowed this book to be published with the glaring error of a Pattern (Kristian) which did not match the instructions, is unbelievable. What are editors for? The pattern (which I followed religiously) is totally wrong and they have submitted an errata via the website of the magazine, Woodcarving Illustrated. Why not include an errata page in the book sold by Amazon for those who paid for the pattern. The errata on the magazine page has to be resized to match what was supposed to be in the book.

The photos of the "Little Folk" are cute and interesting to carve. I have to say that the photos of the step by step process are less than adequate for anyone who is picking up this technique for the first time. Interesting, yes....useful, probably not. You have to do a lot of interpolation to convert what is in this book into a successful carving....and I have been carving for a number of years. I would have given it a one-star rating had it not been for the clever designs of the "Little Folk".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SmellKiperJr on March 2, 2014
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When I decided to pick up a caricature carving book I was thrilled by the number of titles available. This excitement soon turned to confusion as I tried to decide which books to add to my cart and which to leave on the Amazon.com shelf. A large part of the problem was that most of the books within the field of caricature carving seemed to carry a 4 or 5 star rating which prevented me from enacting Rule No.1 of my AMAZON RULE OF PURCHASE which states: All things being equal, purchase the item with the highest customer rating. So with Rule No.1 nullified I found myself pouring over page after page of LOOK INSIDE in an attempt to narrow down my choices. Unfortunately, that wasn't much help either so I took the unprecedented step of just buying EVERY caricature carving book I could find that carried a 4 or 5 star rating.

10 days and 5 titles later I'm ready to offer you my feedback, based on a few essential criteria, in the hopes that I'll save you both the time and the money I invested. Before I get to my ratings, let me run down the criteria I used to make my assessments:

1) Larger books with good color photography trump smaller books with black & white photography.
2) Books that provide step-by-step instruction are far superior than photographic collections of finished projects.
3) Books that provide complete instruction, from wood selection to painting techniques, are better than books offering scant or piecemeal instruction.
4) Because individual carvers have unique styles, I found that the books that contained the works of numerous carvers were far more instructional than those containing the works of just one carver.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna Fournier on May 5, 2013
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The illustration, instructions,and patterns are awesome. I'm having so much fun whittling these little people. Highly recommend this book for someone who enjoys smaller projects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Hamilto on August 10, 2012
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For the missing and mistaken patterns I found corrections for those that are interested. Since I cannot post a direct link, do a google search for "whittling little folk correction" and look for the "woodcarving illustrated" website. Finding the corrections is actually how I found out about the book in the first place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THEOAN LEDOUX on October 28, 2013
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These are great and easy enough instructions that a beginner can carve them. They make nice presents, but can serve as bottle toppers as well. And because of the ease they are created it would be easy to do some of your own designs.
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