Complete Book of Woodcarving: Everything You Need to Know to Master the Craft
Whether you're a woodworker expanding your talents, a seasoned carver refining your skills, or a beginner newly introduced to this fulfilling craft, this is the only carving book you need. Brimming with expert instruction and nine attractive projects, you'll learn all the classic carving styles and techniques along with the fundamentals of wood and tool selection, sharpening, creating a workspace, and finishing your completed work. Also included is a complete chapter on power carving.
From the Back Cover THE COMPLETE BOOK OF WOODCARVING If you're a woodworker expanding your talents, a seasoned carver brushing up on your technique, or a beginner newly introduced to this fun and fulfilling craft, you only need one carving book: The Complete Book of Woodcarving. In this comprehensive and fully illustrated reference, Everett Ellenwood, a popular and nationally known carving instructor, packs 40 years of carving know how brimming with expert instruction, insightful tips, and practical advice. With The Complete Book of Woodcarving as your guide, you will learn everything there is to know about carving, including: *How and why to select certain wood for your projects *Carving tools and how to use them *Sharpening your tools like an expert *Designing a carving workspace *Every classic carving style, from incised to chip, to low relief, to flat plane *Fundamental and complex carving techniques, including the push cut, pull cut, stop cut, slicing cut, and chip cut *The basics of power carving *Paints and finishes and how to properly use them *How to develop an idea into a finished carving The Complete Book of Woodcarving also includes a valuable resource section and eight classic projects that will confidently build your skills and refine your talents.
From the front Cover In this fast-paced age of mass production, it's so gratifying to engage in a traditional craft that allows you to relax, focus, and create your own piece of art. Woodcarving is that kind of a craft. The simple act of taking a piece of wood and removing chips to reveal something uniquely beautiful embodies creativity, individuality, and craftsmanship. The craft of carving is easy to learn and can be with you for a lifetime. You only need a few tools to get started and, once you begin, there are so many carving styles to explore --from simple repetive patterns to intricate sculptures -- that you'll never run out of ideas for what you can create. And, with each completed carving, the satisfaction of creating something special will fuel and inspire your next project. Whether you're just beginning or you've already ventrued down the path of this fulfilling craft, this comprehensive volume offers a great starting point and the ultimate resource to turn to when you need help on specific topic. It's the ideal companion on your enjoyable journey into carving and the special art of making wood come alive.