For some time I had this little birch branch sitting on my work table. Every once in a while I'd pick it up, show it to folks, and suggest that it had potential for twenty different projects. So, finally, a week or so ago I decided to put my money where my mouth is and actually try to get those twenty projects.
Actually, with a bit of concentration and planning, it turned out to be not that hard. It did take some time! The photo below shows the projects (unpainted at this point), all of them on the miniature
WHITTLING TWIGS AND BRANCHES
I think the best way to get reviews of my books is to simply search the titles. A lot of reviews will show up. For instance, try the reviews on Amazon.
VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY KNIFE
GERMAN, RUSSIAN, DUTCH, MANDARIN CHINESE, FRENCH
THE LITTLE BOOK OF WHITTLING
BIG BOOK OF WHITTLE FUN
(sequel to The Little Book of Whittling)
All five of these books published by Fox Chapel Publishing are widely distributed. If you want to order directly from Fox Chapel, here's some contact information:
Phone: (717) 560-4703
For many years in the history of woodcarving, with hundreds of titles published, it seems that no one had ever dedicated any significant time to what could be done with a simple pocketknife and twigs and branches. Until quite recently, when a couple of somewhat similar books came out in Europe, I suspect that the various books I had written (through Sterling Publishers, some self-publishing, and, most importantly, Fox Chapel Publishing) were the main sources of information on this type of carving.
The last five books have been published by Fox Chapel Publishing, happily located just a fifteen minute drive from my house right here in Lancaster County. Besides the editions in English, several have made it into foreign languages: 4 in German, 2 in Russian, 2 in Chinese, 1 in Dutch, 1 in French,
1 in Estonian, 1 in Spanish. . . and most recently 1 in Estonian.
(I understand that a third title is going into Chinese.)
All of the titles in English are fairly widely distributed, and if you search any of the titles, you'll find the best place to get it. Also, there are lots of reviews on various sites.
For many, many years my go-to knife has been one or another model of the Victorinox Swiss Army knives. I'm estimating that one of my Swiss Army "Tinkers" has been involved in more than $160,000.00 worth of carvings, and is still going strong! I really consider it a privilege to have been able to write a book for, and with, the Victorinox Swiss Army company, a company I greatly respect, both for its people and its products.
TREE CRAFT 35 rustic wood projects that bring the outdoors in
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I'm not sure which, if any, of the foreign editions of the books are available in North America. While I think that a number of them can be seen online, they may have to be ordered from the country in which they were published. Or, if you just happen to be in Germany, Russia, France, Holland, Spain, Estonia, or China, just pop into a bookstore and maybe you'll find one of the books and find out how to say in the national language, "Make sure your knife is sharp!"