Elements of Woodcarving

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Guild of Master Craftsman, 2000 - Crafts & Hobbies - 164 pages
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Design, material, and technique; these are the three key elements of woodcarving, and this wonderful book of instruction and inspiration explores these essentials in abundant, glorious detail. 10 projects take you through the entire carving process, from the initial idea to the finished work, and they illustrate a range of styles and subject matter. Carve in relief, in the round, from nature and from mythology, and with lifelike realism and abstraction. Linking them all are thought-provoking discussions of the most pressing practical questions. What are the best ways to use drawing and modeling, hold the work, cut cleanly, and find ideas? The answers emerge through the knowledge contained here, and through your own experience as you undertake a small carving of Albrecht Durer's painting Hands; form the smooth surfaces of Ikarus, and proudly complete an advanced sculpture of a lively Leaping Frog.

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Woodcarving is a diverse, expressive craft; these titles represent a small slice of the type of work being created. Pye offers ten projects that cover a wide range of both classical and modern ... Read full review

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Chris Pye has been carving professionally for over 20 years. He started carving for a house-sign company, being paid per letter. Hundreds of signs later he had perfected an efficient and precise way of lettering, which he shares here. Chris writes regularly for Woodcarving magazine, and has written other books on carving. In addition to teaching woodcarving for all abilities, his is ordained into the Western Buddhist Order. He lives in Herefordshire, England with his family.

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