First Projects for Woodcarvers &
First Christmas Projects for Woodcarvers
by Larry Green and Mike Altman
Review by Mike Bloomquist
These two books are old friends off mine and I haven’t carved a single project from either of them. What’s even more strange is one of them, First Christmas Projects for Woodcarvers I just purchased from the Woodcraft Shop at the Artistry in Wood show last November. Pretty simple riddles really. I’ve had them with me for many of my wood carving classes especially where beginners were expected. You see, I don’t like to force any particular pattern on students if it can be helped, especially those who are new to the art. So beginners are offered as wide a selection of patterns as possible. As for Christmas Projects beginning a recent purchase, I bought a copy from “Big Dog” to replace one I’d lost track of. Someday, whomever I loaned it to will turn up with it and I’ll probably let them have it as a gift. It’s happened like that before.
OK, these to have been around for a bit. First Projects for Woodcarvers was published in 1996 and it’s companion the following year. First off, these books have more authors than just the two listed on the cover. Larry Green is the primary author (I believe) and Mike Altman is an illustrator. One of the finer points of these books is the illustrations and caricatures of the authors, so Mike deserves to be listed. Then there’s some fine photography by Steve Smith and consultants Tom Brown (CCA member) and Mac Proffit (owner of Smoky Mountain Woodcarver’s Supply).
To see the rest of this review click HERE.