Christmas is just about two months away so ’tis the season to be doing your Christmas carving, and probably the most popular Christmas carving subjects are Santas. I mean who doesn’t love getting a hand carved Santa as a Christmas gift? Well to help you along with your Christmas chores I have found a book that’s chock full of Santa carving ideas just in the “Nick” of time.
Carving Wooden Santas Elves & Gnomes
By Ross Oar
A Book Review
If you love carving Santas and if you’re looking for ideas, this is the book for you! “Carving Wooden Santas Elves & Gnomes” is a full-color 96 page book published by Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Inc. in 2008.
Ross Oar was a well-known wood carver who also designed some great hybrid carving/traditional pocket knives. In his book Ross takes the reader step-by-step through two fun projects…a ‘Christmas Gnome’ and a ‘Wee Santa’. Along the way, he mentions what tools he is using for each step, and also inserts little bonus carving tips between the steps which I found very helpful.
Over half of the book is dedicated to a gallery of more than 25 finished projects with patterns for each one. The projects are separated into groups…..Beginner, Intermediate and Masterclass.
Pick up a copy of “Carving Wooden Santas Elves & Gnomes” while there’s still time. I highly recommend it! Your family and friends will be thrilled to receive any one of the Santa projects from inside. They’re fun to carve and you’ll be proud to give them away!
We are very short on comments today….there are only three. I guess everyone must be busy doing their Halloween and Christmas carving.
Our first comment comes from Dean in response to our discussion on BLO vs. Mineral Oil. Dean writes:
I recently switched to mineral oil from BLO. I find it does a comparable job of sealing wood prior to painting or staining. It doesn’t seem to absorb as quickly so I do give it more time dry and wipe it off some before painting. Doug Linker did a video on different sealants that is a good comparison. I recommend it.”
Thanks for the comment, Dean! I think mineral oil is a very good alternative to BLO. Since it is food grade safe there is practically no chance that it will yellow. Plus it has no odor and is safer to use.
I would like to see that Doug Linker video. If possible, can you please provide us with the link to it? Thanks!
Our next comment comes from John Tuttle from Vancouver, WA along with a photo of the fantastic Halloween Witch he carved. John forgot to include it with the other photos of his Halloween carvings he sent in last time:
That’s quite an awesome witch you carved, John! Thanks for sending it in. I always love receiving reader’s carving photos. It looks pretty tall. What are the dimensions?
Our last comment comes from Lawrence Varner who responds to my list of woodcarving suppliers. Lawrence writes:
“Woodcraft is my typical go to.
Thanks for doing this.
Thank you for bringing that to my attention, Lawrence. I have just added it to the list. Woodcraft has stores in many locations in 35 states across the United States. You can go online at woodcarft.com to find a store near you or shop right online from their website.
I Need Your Help!
Perhaps everyone missed my request for you all to send requests for the kind of articles and information you would like to see in future posts of Wood Chip Chatter. Your input is so important toward helping me continue to keep things going. So let me hear what you have to say!
In order to stir up some interest and to give me a feel for who my readers are I’m conducting a survey: Send in a message telling me if you are a beginner or intermediate (plus) carver. Send your name…last name not necessary, just an initial is good. You can put where you’re from, if you like…not necessary but it will add interest to the survey. Most importantly tell me whether you’re a beginner or intermediate carver (be honest). I will post the results in a later blog. This will be very helpful because it will tell me what kind of material I should be researching and posting. Thanks in advance for your participation!
After a great deal of thought I have made the difficult decision to publish my blog just once a week. Look for the posts to come out on Fridays. I want to keep Wood Chip Chatter upbeat and informative and the extra time in between will allow me to do more research on woodcarving topics that are of interest to all of you. It will also allow all of you more time to think of and send in more questions and comments each week which we desperately need. And finally, it will allow me a little more time to get back to doing some of the other things in life that I enjoy…such as wood carving!
Let the chips fly! Tell your wood carving friends and spread the word about Wood Chip Chatter, and don’t forget to click the ‘Comment’ button at the bottom of the page to send in your questions and comments so we can keep Wood Chip Chatter active and keep the conversations going!
And remember, we need your photos! I’m sure you all have some terrific carvings to share, and photos of your carvings will help to liven up the blog’s appearance and make it more interesting. Perhaps we can start a carvers photo section! Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep a sharp edge and keep on carvin’!