Techniques of Creative Woodcarving
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This book is a thoroughly practical approach to the art of figure carving. It takes the form of a progressively structured course of twelve projects, starting with simplified and familiar forms, progressing to complex and technically sophisticated pieces.
This is a book to suit all levels of ability: for the beginner who can start with a minimum of tools and consequently with the minimum outlay for equipment; for practising woodcarvers with a good level of competence and skill there is a range of designs specifically structured for the improvement of techniques with detailed treatment of such aspects of carving as the eyes, hair and individual surface effects.
And for the experienced carver, and for all craftsmen who demand the challenge of complex and difficult tasks, the advanced projects provide the basis for design possibilities as well as the dedication necessary to achieve the desired result.
The beginner who follows the guidelines laid down by the author is presented with the opportunity to create a good standard of work right from the start without spending hours on tedious practice.
Each project is explained with stage-by-stage photographs supported by text carefully describing the procedures required to produce the finished work.
The book includes an introduction to woodcarving, chapters on wood, equipment, finishing, display, subject research, a comprehensive index and some 200 illustrations.