The Weekend Crafter®: Woodcarving: 20 Great Projects for Beginners & Weekend Carvers

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Woodcarving is fun, any way you cut it! Whether your interest lies in chip, incised, pierced, relief, sculptural, or architectural carving-or if you'd just like to whittle your weekend away-here's what you need to gain self-confidence in the craft. From a review of tools and techniques to advice on sanding and finishing to an array of quick and wonderful projects, this guide has it all. Begin by following the tips on selecting knives, gouges, saws, power tools, and specialty cutting equipment. Master the major ...
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Overview

Woodcarving is fun, any way you cut it! Whether your interest lies in chip, incised, pierced, relief, sculptural, or architectural carving-or if you'd just like to whittle your weekend away-here's what you need to gain self-confidence in the craft. From a review of tools and techniques to advice on sanding and finishing to an array of quick and wonderful projects, this guide has it all. Begin by following the tips on selecting knives, gouges, saws, power tools, and specialty cutting equipment. Master the major cuts, and see how to transfer patterns or templates to the wood. Then, start carving! A trout key chain makes a wonderful gift for a fisherman-or carve several and create a miniature mobile. Carve a beautiful weed pot from driftwood, an old beam, or limb. Or try a stretching cat on a block, miniature mask, love spoon, roly-poly Santa, and more!
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Carving is one of the more satisfying and diverse woodcrafts. It appeals to people because it doesn't require a large initial investment or a great deal of skill from beginners, yet it can still hold one's interest after years of practice. Hillyer offers an excellent survey of the most common carving styles: whittling, incised (chip), relief, wildlife, and caricature. Following an introduction that covers tools, sharpening, wood, basic carving techniques, finishing, safety, and design are 20 projects, including a miniature mask, a love spoon, an inscribed plate, a hiking staff, a carved egg, and a slide whistle shaped like a crocodile. Each offers step-by-step instructions and colorful photos, while a gallery section features several shots of work by some well-known carvers. Hillyer crams a remarkable amount of information into 80 pages; this outstanding title should be part of all public libraries. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579902483
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Weekend Crafter Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 183,312
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I really liked the book. I felt it wass just right for a beginning wood carver like myself.

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