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Soap Carving for Children of All Ages Paperback – Aug 17 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (Aug. 17 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764308599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764308598
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.6 x 0.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #582,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Great! Clever popsicle stick carving tools! June 27 2005
By hdbooth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a gem in the rough. It is not slick or up-to-date looking, but it contains excellent instructions on carving soap as a prelude to carving wood. The author, an engineer, shows you how to create carving tools out of popsicle sticks. This is the one of the coolest craft ideas I have ever seen and it worked very well with a group of children from my church. Not only does he describe how to make a basic carving tool (by cutting a diagonal and then sharpening the "blade" on sandpaper) but he shows how to make a gouge and other tools too.

The main part of the book contains detailed instructions on how to carve several different objects (a heart, a turtle, a dolphin coming out of water, and more), with a picture showing each stage of the carving process. These were great instructions for me; the children I worked with (ages 5-10) could have used easier models/instructions. This book is great because it shows how to introduce a new fun craft activity, carving, in a way that works for groups of kids safely and without much expense. The kids loved it!
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Now kids can carve too! Feb. 17 2008
By Jantien - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am a teacher and I carve in my free time. I have always regretted that the tools for carving are too sharp and dangerous for kids to use , so sharing my hobby with the children was out of the question until I read this book.
What a nice idea, tools made out of popsicle sticks!!
I made a class set of the tools and my kids happily carved some of the figures suggested in the book.
I did it with a grade three class when the kids learned about Inuits carving soapstone. The kids enjoyed it a lot. Children in higher grades will have as much fun doing it and hopefully they will be as proud of their creations.
I can recommend this book for anyone who would like to carve with kids but is afraid to do so.
One suggestion. Have the children bring a serving tray, or baking sheet and have them carve on that so the chips of soap will stay in the tray rather than fall on the floor!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Soap carving Jan. 9 2010
By Kathy Kincaid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Bought this for my 12 yr old grandson. He had a lot of fun carving the soap. It is easy and very safe way for him to get started learning to carve.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great Projects May 25 2008
By Joan L. Baril - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Great book, has lots of detail. Especially like the instructions for making your own carving tools out of popsicle sticks.
My 6 yr. old grandson carve a soap owl and it came out good.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
carving for kids Feb. 17 2007
By C. Custer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Excellent book for carving. The kids enjoyed it. Well written and illustrated.