There are 10 projects in this marvelous book that will help even the professional sign carver improve his/her skills. Author Padden is a very skilled and highly innovative carver and her book shows it. She takes you through her carvings from the first cut in raw wood through to every intricate detail including the final painting. The Paddy's Pub sign is just one example of the author's ingenuity but take a look at the detail in the Irish Claddagh Sign embellished with gold leaf. Even the seemingly simple Welcome sign is a work of art. It is amazing how she envisions such simple signs like a cabin nameplate. Amazing! This is one very talented lady and she deserves thanks for sharing it with us. A book from woodcarver and professional sign maker Betty Padden leads the reader from simple to complex projects in basic letter-carving and painting, using premade blanks, creating lettering on the computer, gilding and aged painting. Projects included in the Lettering & Sign Carving Workbook (Fox Chapel Publishing; ISBN 978-1-56523-452-9) range from welcome and house signs to an Irish claddagh and an indoor Christmas scene sign. The book is priced at $19.95. 'The signs are there for this being a great project and technique guide, and one which will be a great addition to any carving bookshelf.'
We use signs every day - to figure our which way to go, to know if a store is open or closed, to welcome guests, and to mark a room as belonging to someone special, just to name a few. Thanks to author and woodcarving instructor Betty Padden, hand-carving and painting wooden signs has been made approachable for anyone, regardless of skill level. her designs and techniques in the Lettering & Sign Carving Wookbook make it possible for even beginner woodcarvers to learn to carve and paint signs with the 10 skill-building projects. From learning to carve simple cuts into a pre-made blank, to carving more intricate designs and finishing with elaborate painting, your skills will improve with each project. Specialized techniques such as creating custom lettering on a computer, gilding, and more are introduced in later projects. With this book, you will be creating custom signs in no time, to give as gifts, or to add charm to your own home or business.
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