Once completed, these cheerful carved wooden figures of Santa and Mrs. Claus will keep you, your family, and your friends in the Christmas spirit all year long. With 270 detailed color photographs, concise, point-by-point instruction, and detailed patterns, Ken Blomquist takes the carver through every step required to successfully complete heirloom-quality figures of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Additional patterns and instructions are also provided for carving and fitting a closed or an opened bag full of gifts to throw over Santa's shoulder. Ken includes guidelines for creating a unique surface texture and hints for adding eye-catching details to every figure. Painting instructions are also supplied. These delightful projects are suitable for novice as well as more advanced carvers.