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Carving Wildfowl Canes and Walking Sticks with Power,
by Frank C. Russell

'Carving Wildfowl Canes and Walking Sticks with Power' bookcover
Russell, a well-known wildlife carver, gives step-by-step color photos for carving heads of a bald eagle and a mallard duck, rendering feathers, setting glass eyes, and carving and painting eyes. He finds natural sticks on the sides of banks where the sapling emerges perpendicular to the bank and then curves upward to meet the sun, creating an ideal bend for the carved handpiece. While the emphasis is on carving cane heads rather than decorating the stick, he does discuss connecting hardware and tips. One-page color drawings for 13 other birds include the brown pelican, Cooper's hawk, and great blue heron. Softcover, 8-1/2" x 11", 64 pages, 2002.

--Review Source: Lee Valley

Successful Container Gardening: 75 Easy-to-Grow Flower and Vegetable "Gardens",
by Joseph Provey

Successful Container Gardening: 75 Easy-to-Grow Flower and Vegetable "Gardens" bookcover
This book describes the advantages to container gardening in words and pictures. It includes more than 300 color photos and 20 illustrations, along with advice for choosing the right container and soil medium; dozens of plant-specific "recipes" for container gardens of flowers, vegetables, shrubs, and trees categorized by sunlight requirements; strategies for irrigation; expert tips for disease and pest prevention; and foolproof instructions for pruning, pinching, and bedding. 160 pages, 8 1/2 x 10 7/8 inches, 2010, ISBN 1580114563.

--Review Source: Dover Publications

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