With clear instructions and vivid color photographs, Al Streetman takes woodcarvers through all the steps necessary to release a wood spirit from a cypress knee. Using the shapes suggested by the forms of the knees themselves, Al carves both a complete Santa figure and a Santa ornament as the central projects of the book. Also included are a listing of tools used in the projects, directions for painting and antiquing the completed carvings, and a color gallery featuring additional cypress knee Santa figures to inspire the carver. This book will present interesting challenges to the novice and be a joy for the more advanced woodcarver.
Al Streetman currently resides in Guthrie, Oklahoma, and has been an active woodcarver for many years. He originally carved shorebird and duck decoys. Today, his work is centered around Santas, Cowboys, Uncle Sam, Elves, and other forms of caricature carvings.