Each 20 page portfolio contains 5 major projects, each with three pattern views and several reference drawings for the 7" to 9" tall figures, plus informative notes and patterns for a few smaller projects such as carving basswood eggs, bottle stoppers, carved pins/magnets, golf balls or other items for your carving pleasure. There are also optional drawings for many of the patterns which allow them to be carved in a variety of ways by changing the pose or the props and you can choose between creating a realistic carving or a caricature by picking a different head to use. The last page in each portfolio is a painting guide and shows some of the projects in suggested colors.
This portfolio continues the Santa theme started in the first Santa portfolio. Here you will find him dozing in his recliner, hushing a barking dog (who believes he's a reindeer), waving "Hi" to folk as he carries his bag of goodies, in a contemplative mood (maybe he's thinking about retiring) and looking at some toys he's holding (or a playing with a marionette option). The Nutcracker and elves are also represented in this portfolio along with a few ornaments, some more facial expressions for Santa, plus an assortment of notes and suggestions.
"Big Top", the other performers and circus pros call him a "Joey".
We know him as the lovable, laughable clown. These clowns will entertain you
by riding a unicycle, walking on stilts and carrying too many helium filled balloons plus
there is a clown musician and a "beautiful" woman. I've also included a
pattern for carving the American bullfighter- a rodeo clown. Typical baggy clothes
and clown props were the order of the day when designing these patterns. This
portfolios features some wacky wardrobes and a page of "Clowning Around With
Faces". As in other portfolios, here you will find notes about clowns and
suggestions to help you create your projects.
Cowboys have always been popular with carvers and here are some patterns for "Clyde", who is a slow on the draw good guy (definitely not the leading man Hollywood type though) along with a handsome Hollywood type white hat hero, a two gun action cowboy, a tough cowgirl who can out draw any gunfighter and a laid back, talkative side-kick cowboy I call "Cowchip". Many options for carving a good guy or bad guy, handsome or ugly, realistic or caricature are in this portfolio plus some carving suggestions, notes on how to create expressions with the eyes/eyebrows, and some ideas about developing a caricature face of someone you know.
An overflow of ideas from the Voluptuous Vixen project led to this collection of patterns where you will find a barmaid with options for carving her as she looks at "Happy Hour" or as she appears at closing time, a diner waitress ("You want fries with that?"), a "don't mess with me" woman of today's West, a sweet grandmother type sitting on a park bench (with a feeding squirrels option) and a manga (anime) type girl plus some caricature bust patterns and a collection of notes including some thoughts about carving female faces, moods revealed by the mouth and how to create a good girl or a bad girl image on your carvings.
Here you will find a roustabout rabbit leaning against whatever you lean him against, a raccoon who doesn't wash his food in the traditional manner he fries it in a frying pan, a praying chipMonk, a pig who lets us know that "Beef Is Better" (or whatever you want him to proclaim) and a perturbed pooch who is pacing the floor with something on his mind. Along with these main subjects are a baby bird who's not sure he wants to come out of the (basswood) egg, a vulture who sits on the edge of your glass watching you eat, some critter golf ball and basswood egg patterns and an assortment of thoughts and suggestion.
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