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Soap Carving for Children of All Ages [Paperback]

Howard K. Suzuki


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Book Description

Aug. 17 1999 Schiffer Book for Woodcarvers
When first invited to give talks and demonstrations on carving techniques to school children, Howard K. Suzuki quickly found out that wood was not the most suitable medium. It took too long to show much progress in the limited time available. He decided to use bars of soap to demonstrate basic techniques on carving and sculpturing. Soap is an inexpensive and very desirable carving medium. Soon demonstrations developed into hands-on experiences for his students. In this book, Dr. Suzuki describes and illustrates with color photographs how to make safe and simple wooden carving tools. He demonstrates basic soap-carving techniques using several stepwise how-to examples, from a simple heart to a more complex turtle. Dr. Suzuki integrates art and science into his instructions and combines them to produce a super learning experience for children (of all ages) who do learn to carve through his methods.

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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: 28 x 22 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #471,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great activity for kids March 6 2011
By Jumali - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My 7.5 year old daughter loves this kit. Just bought a giant multi-pack of Ivory so she could make more things. She also loves playing with the shavings.

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