Illustrated Guide To Carving Tree Bark
Releasing Whimsical Houses & Woodspirtis From Found Wood
by Rick Jensen &
Jack A Williams

215 x 280mm

Published by Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., East Petersburg PA USA


ISBN 1-56523-218-6

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Extract from back cover of book:

When you carve tree bark, no two projects are exactly alike!

In medieval times, shepherd peasants believed that a spirit dwelled deep within each tree. If a shepherd carved a face into the wood, the spirit would be released and good luck would be bestowed upon the carver.

Award-winning carver Rick Jensen - with the help of carver/photographer Jack A Willliams - helps you release the inner spirit from tree bark in this new book. The natural beauty found in a piece of weathered cottonwood bark provides inspiration and direction to create something new and original each time.

Inside, you'll find step-by-step instructions on carving a whimsical house and a tree, plus detailed advice on painting and finishing your carvings. You'll learn about the various species of cottonwood and their particular carving characteristics.

Learn from the artist how to sketch out your ideas before carving or follow along with a series of detailed patterns of a variety of wood spirits. You'll be guided through each step of the finishing process., to gain a soft, touchable finish by using a unique comination of lacquers, waxes, shoe polish and paint.

Note: Cottonwood is a poplar tree available in the US. Supplies of Cottonwood bark in Australia are rare though the book list sources in the US. Some trees grown in Australia have thick barks but different carving characteristics.

Photos: Colour


About the Authors

Why I Carve Bark

Gallery of Bark Carvings

Chapter One:
About Cottonwood Bark

Chapter Two:
Bark Carving Basics

Chapter Three:
Carving a Whimsical House

Chapter Four:
Carving Tree Bark in the Round

Chapter Five:
Finishing Bark Carvings

Chapter Six:

Sources for Cottonwood Bark in the US