the Wonders of Nature
Published by Schiffer Publishing, West Chester, Pennsylvania USA
Extract from preface of book:
I learned to carve in the Boy Scouts when I obtained the woodcarving merit badge.
The Depression caused men to whittle, and do many things with their hands. Slack times in the steel mills gave adults more time to teach young boys how to sharpen a knife, how to select carving wood, how to identify all the birds and animals, and reproduce them in wood.
This was particularly true in the Boy Scouts, where the adult leaders were skilled and willing to teach and lead young boys.
I have pursued woodcarving all my life as a result of the early lessons and have enjoyed carving ever since. Trying to duplicate in wood those animals and wildlife that nature provides is both a relaxing and rewarding hobby.
It has been fun to teach this art to others, from 10 years old to adults in their 70ís.
I have tried to give this skill back by setting up a program at Resica Falls Boy Scout Camp, where up to 500 scouts each summer have an opportunity to earn the woodcarving merit badge.
This book is designed to assist others in either teaching or learning how to carve the works of nature in wood.
Photos: Black & White with 4 page colour section
The Black Capped Chickadee
The Box Turtle
The Nativity, Relief Carving