Shawn Cipa is the author of Carving Gargoyles, Grotesques, and Other Creatures of Myth, Carving Fantasy & Legend Figures in Wood, Carving the Nativity, and Carving Folk Art Figures. Cipa was featured in Carving Wood Spirits and Green Men by Lora S. Irish. He earned national recognition for his carving in 2000 by taking first place in the Santa Carving Competition sponsored by Woodcraft Corporation. His work has been featured in Woodcarving Illustrated.
Chris Pye has been a professional woodcarver for than 25 years and is a member of the Master Carvers Association. His work is done mainly to commission, with clients including HRH the Prince of Wales. It ranges from architectural moldings to figure carving, furniture to lettering, bedheads and fireplaces. He has also written extensively about woodcarving for several magazines.