Guide To Carving Tree Bark
Published by Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., East Petersburg PA USA
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.
About the Authors
Gallery of Bark Carvings