Chris Pye’s Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual, Chris Pye

A comprehensive guide for those who want to learn carving, this manual provides a handful of lessons, including how to choose the best woods, safe tool handling tips, making cuts, and executing a variety of techniques. This beginning-to-advanced-level carving book provides three projects designed to teach the carving skills needed to recreate any flower. Detailed patterns and color reference photos are also provided for ten additional popular fantasy figures, including a unicorn, troll, gargoyle, phoenix, and gryphon. How to manufacture a crop bench cabbage carolina wren bird house plans to aid you carve tool parts safely.

Of course, now I have lots of books on carving, and have read and studied every one that I have. Beginners to advanced levels are covered and you will learn about the tools and the techniques to enable you to start carving some incredible and uniques items. He covers: whittling, relief carving, carving in the round, chip carving, letter carvingg, and architectural carving. As with all other activities, practice on real chisels with real shrpening gubbins is the best way to learn – backed up by a bit of relevant book-larnin’ or even a demonstration via DVD or class. You will be able to feel the edge slicing across the wood as it follows its arc.


You can look forward to my further collaboration with Auriou as we expand the range with additional sets of wood carving tools. I recommend you get Dick Butz’s book, and buy the gouges as you undertake each carving in the sequence on relieve carving. Magazines: Chris has written nearly 100 articles, including tool and book reviews for magazines like Woodcarving (UK) and Woodcarving Illustrated (USA).

Complete information is provided for getting started, including an overview of tools and tips for finding the best pumpkin to work with. For example, in a much larger carving I had to include a tiny beaver on a riverbank with a stick in its mouth. You will also see Long bends, short bends, V tools Back Bends, chisels and skewed chisels. Pfeil is perhaps the most recommended brand, but Pye doesn’t like their V-tools.

And the classes were instrumental to me in developing proper carving technique, habits and ‘eye’ – well worth the price for anyone serious about learning classic carving. Since the carving was hidden most of the time – always when the seat was down, and mostly when a monk stood in front of it – subject matter was broad. Chris Pye is a reknown woodcarver with decades of experience and a body of work that is astounding so there really is no doubt he knows his stuff. The Marc Adams School of Woodworking in central Indiana¬†usually has several week long course on woodcarving every year.

Best of all, when the step-by-step project is complete, Relief Carving Wood Spirits, Revised Edition offers 20 more original patterns to keep any carver busy for seasons to come. Though the emphasis is on traditional chisels and gouges, the use of power tools is also covered, and ancillary tools such as mallets, abrading tools, knives, punches and scratch stocks are all considered in detail. Everything from an Indian chief to a cowboy, Santa to a witch and a charming female to a wood spirit, even an ‘ugly’ face is included. I recommend that you scan the first part of the book, and then skip the chapters on chip carving and whittling.