Beginning and intermediate carvers will learn to create wonderful mythical creatures from wood with the patterns and projects in this book from noted author and carver Shawn Cipa. Carving Fantasy & Legend Figures in Wood, Revised Edition offers expert guidance for carving all the great creatures of legend, including wizards, dragons, faeries, mermaids, and more. Two in-depth carving and painting demonstrations are each accompanied by dozens of step-by-step color photos. Detailed patterns and color reference photos are also provided for ten additional popular fantasy figures, including a unicorn, troll, gargoyle, phoenix, and gryphon. A basic introduction to woodcarving offers advice on using the proper tools, selecting wood and paint types, using patterns, and painting and finishing techniques.
Shawn Cipa's carving repertoire shows his preference for all things whimsical. His latest book, Carving Fantasy and Legend, Figures in Wood is a showcase for Shawn's artistic talent, his imaginative mind and skilled hands. Shawn's first attempt at carving was a bearded "wood spirit" face which he scrawled into a piece of found driftwood. He continues to carve solely with hand tools in the rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania.
Shawn Cipa was recognized as "Santa Carver of the Year" after he won Woodcraft's National Santa Carving contest. His work has appeared in Woodcarving Illustrated magazine. He is also the author of Carving Folk Art Figures and Wood Spirits and Green Men.