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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
Howard K. Suzuki demonstrates the basic techniques of carving by teaching the reader to carve on bars of soap. He integrates art and science to produce a super learning experience for children (of all ages) who would like to learn to carve.

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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: 27.9 x 21.7 x 0.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #494,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  16 reviews
32 of 32 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
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!
14 of 15 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!
9 of 9 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.
4 of 4 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
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soap Carving Dec 28 2008
By Mom-of-five - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent book! We've used it as a guide for Cub Scout and Girl Scout projects. Well written, easy to follow instructions! It was an inspiration for my son to continue his carving skills and become a wood carver!

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