A Fun Christmas Project with your Grandchildren!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 09-05-2011 10:08 PM 1747 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you are looking for a fun project to do with your family, you may want to try carving some ‘Carolling Mice’. These can be power carved or hand carved with a knife. The fun part comes when you involve the whole family in the painting. Once painted you then glue in a leather tail and put them on your favourite shelf during the Christmas season.
I use scraps of basswood or tupelo. The blanks are 2×2x4 inches (pictures 4 and 5). I used mice caricatures from the Wind in the Willows. Note that there are no eyes only large noses and mouths. you can almost hear them singing their Christmas carols.
These pieces have been claimed by my Grandchildren, Quinn and Olivia! Picture 3.

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#1 posted 09-05-2011 11:37 PM

Cute little buggers ;-)) Nice work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 09-06-2011 12:32 AM

those are cuter than a spotted pup under a red wagon. wish i could carve,but,i have zero artistic ability,i couldn’t even paint these to look like something lol

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#3 posted 09-06-2011 12:52 AM

How cute! The ‘Carolling Mice’ are cute too…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 09-06-2011 04:35 AM

cute, do you have pattern? Would love to get it

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 09-06-2011 05:56 AM

Hey dont start all that Christmass stuff just yet please ::: )))))
beaut little critters. Great job Roman

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 09-07-2011 12:57 AM

I don’t think just anyone can carve like that! You make it sound so easy!!!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#7 posted 09-07-2011 12:22 PM

adorable!! The two little grand-mice and the carved ones :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 09-07-2011 01:16 PM

Very nicely done and it looks like the grandchildren love them.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 09-07-2011 01:21 PM

great family project

happy kids

what could be better


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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