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Hand Carving Snowmen & Santas: Handcrafted Originals for the Holidays

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by Mike Shipley

Hand Carving Snowmen & Santas Handcrafted Originals for the Holidays

By Mike Shipley


What better way for a wood-carving enthusiast to welcome the holidays than with a hand-carved snowman or Santa? Here, in his second book for Fox Chapel Publishing, artist Mike Shipley presents 15 snowmen and Santa patterns guaranteed to chase away the winter blues in plenty of time for the holidays.


Inside, you'll find complete instructions for two carving projects.

  • Grinning Snowman is a typical well-rounded man of snow with a hat, a scarf and even a carrot nose.
  • Santa's Surprise is a traditional carving of Santa Claus carrying a sack full of toys.

  • Both projects include step-by-step photographs and detailed instructions. You'll start with ready-to-use patterns that show the front, back and side views of the projects. Then follow along with the author as he teaches you how to rough-out, carve, paint and antique your project. Close-up color photography guides you through each step.


    Once you have mastered the Grinning Snowman and Santa's Surprise, try your hand at the 13 other carving patterns in the book. You'll find ready-to-use patterns and full-color photos for the following fun holiday projects:

  • Snowlady - No snowman is complete without this charming woman of snow to keep him company.
  • Cowboy Santa - This fellow is at home at the North Pole or on the range. He sports a cowboy hat and carries a bag bursting with toys.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Claus - When Santa isn't delivering toys, he and the missus enjoy more casual attire.
  • Snowman and Santa Spoons - Carve these holiday spoons as is or cut them off below the figure and your pattern now makes great snowman and Santa ornaments. 
  • Snowman in a Top Hat
  • Cowboy Snowman
  • Traditional Santa
  • Uncle Sam Santa
  • Old World Santa
  • Saint Nicholas
  • Woodland Santa

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