In this wonderful resource for both novice and veteran carvers, two masters of the craft present detailed instructions and illustrations on how to confidently carve animals, flowers, figures, and more.
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company Incorporated
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
A comprehensive guide for those who want to learn carving, this manual provides a handful of lessons, including how to choose the best woods, safe tool handling tips, making cuts, and executing a variety of techniques.
"Whittling for me is more than just an art. It is like meditation and rather therapeutical. Every single time you create something, it brings you the delight and also the happiness that meets your mind and soul". This is the reply I got from an old practitioner when I asked him how do you interpret Whittling. Then I realized the core idea behind this craft. It comes with no deadline, no pre-written script, no rules, and just pure expression of your emotions through a knife and a piece of wood. In the present times, when all the self-help gurus are talking about Digital Detox, Whittling comes as a strong contender to pass on to the young and the old alike. My Journey in Whittling My wife introduced me to the world of Whittling 5 years ago. As I was already into Leather craft and Pyrography, I got the basics quickly. But reaching the intermediate level in any art requires practice and patience. It has been an incredible journey for the last few years, working alongside her on various Whittling projects. About the Book This book is like a friend sharing his experiences and taking you from point A to B in your Whittling journey. The examples and references are real and taken out of the conversations with various experienced Whittlers. The book covers: Introduction: History of Whittling, how it started, and became part of popular culture. Wood: All about the type of wood, grains, and tips for starting. Tools: All about pocket and carving knives Techniques: All type of cuts Safety: Gloves, Thumb pads, duct tape, and other innovative options. Starter projects with photos and step by step instructions Frequently asked questions: 22 beginner questions as answered by experts: Multiple solutions to a single problem List of online resources for patterns I have included realistic photographs, discussions, tips, FAQs, which I have received along the way of my journey in Whittling over the years. Still on the fence? Okay, let me explain to you the difference between Wood Carving and Whittling? Whittling is like an unplanned vacation (go with the flow), and Wood Craving is like planning a vacation through a tour operator! And lastly my favorite analogy: When I was struggling to understand the concept of wood grain initially, one old-time whittler told me, "Think of the grain-like petting a cat. When you pet it head to tail, the fur all lies down, and the cat purrs. If you try to go from tail to head, it spikes up, and the cat gets very angry. Keep the cat happy." So what are you waiting for, get the book now and start your Whittling Journey!
Skill in wood-carving, as in every other art, is to be attained only by thoroughness. Let the pupil therefore bear in mind that he or she must be careful to master the first lessons, and to go no further until these can be executed with ease and accuracy. This will be greatly aided if the book is read with care, and not used for mere reference. Teachers will please observe that the work is in a regular series of progressive lessons, the first being extremely easy; and that these lessons lead so gradually one to another that the last are no harder than the first to one who has gone on carefully from the beginning. This will be found to aid teaching and self-instruction greatly. Every item of information will be found under its proper head, and not scattered here and there through different chapters: for every lesson is complete in itself, and from the first the pupil is taught how to produce some satisfactory work of its kind. Thus, indenting or stamping, which can be learned at once, and grooving with a gouge, which is not more difficult, are capable of producing very beautiful decoration even if the worker goes no further. No writer has, indeed, ever seriously considered what valuable and varied results may be produced by these simple processes. Finally, the author has endeavoured in these pages to treat wood-carving not merely as a fine art, whose chief aim is to produce specimens of fancy work for exhibitions, and facsimiles of flowers, never to be touched, but also to qualify the learner for a calling, and what nine-tenths of all practical wood-carving really consists of, that is, house and other large decoration, and of work which is to be perhaps painted, and exposed to the air. There is no reason why the artist should not be prepared to undertake figure-heads for ships, garden gates, cornices for roofs and rooms, dados, door panels, and similar work, as well as mere drawing-room toys, which should have no finish save the delicate touch of the cutting tool. The author would observe as regards this work that he has been under very great obligation to Mr. John J. Holtzapffel, Assoc. M. Inst. C.E., whose name is so well known to all workers in wood and metal, for revisions, suggestions, and addition of the chapter on the use of the saw in carving. He is also indebted to Mr. Caddy, teacher of wood-carving in Brighton for valuable suggestions. Tools and Implements. The first and most important is a strong, and, if possible, a heavy table or bench. If the pupil cannot afford this, an ordinary small kitchen table must be found. It should be used for carving alone, as it will be necessary to bore holes and drive screws into it. But if a table cannot be spared for this, the pupil must make shift by putting a board at least an inch in thickness on a common table and fastening it with clamps. At a more advanced stage he will carve standing up at a higher bench, or with his work on a stand. Pupils in wood-carving “shops” often carve standing from the beginning.
"There would be no trees without branches, and there would be no furniture without joints." The one which binds together has always been special across cultures. Wood joinery has also evolved across various schools of woodworking in their unique ways. For example, in Japanese joinery, the whole wooden house was built on the strength of joinery. Joinery is used for both connecting the wood and also enhancing the aesthetics of the final product. My Journey: Back in the days when I was starting with Wood Craft, I was desperately looking for the go-to guide about the processes and the tools involved. Woodworking is a vast subject with many branches or verticals of this craft like Cabinet Making, Wood Carving, Joinery, Carpentry, and Woodturning. The online content was information overload and not presented in a sequential manner. The books I referred were either focused on a few processes or assumed that I had the necessary information. Also, I found that most of the books were a little aged. There are two ways of learning; one is learning from subject matter experts who have years of experience, and then there are people who are just a few steps ahead of you in their journey. I am the second one, five years into this hobby, and still learning from the experts. I still remember the initial doubts I had and the tips which helped me. This book comes after Woodworking for Beginners Handbook, and it focusses entirely on the joinery process. This book is for people who are in their first lap (0-3 years) of the wood-crafting journey and want to have a holistic idea of methods, tools and need help in their initial projects. I have included ample photographs of realistic projects of beginners explaining the process and standard operating procedure while starting. In the last chapter, I have provided a glossary of joinery terms and tips for beginners. Below is the flow of the information provided in the book: Introduction to Joinery Joinery tools: Type of tools and how to use them Detailed discussion on 15 types of joinery: advantage, disadvantage, strength, usage etc. Japanese Joinery Introduction, types, pros, cons, and application CNC wood joinery: Introduction, various kinds of CNC joinery, Five starter joinery projects with step by step instructions Glossary of joinery terms Tips for beginners So, what are you waiting for? As said in the woodworking community: Measure Twice and Cut Once and let's start the journey.
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company Incorporated
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Start whittling today with this complete starter guide. 12 leading woodcarvers present 24 easy whittling projects that you can make in just a weekend, complete with step-by-step instructions, how-to photographs, ready-to-carve patterns, and helpful tips.
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company Incorporated
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
With an X-acto knife and a bit of concentration, a beginning woodcarver needs only this updated manual to start -- and finish -- beautiful woodcarving projects. Wood type descriptions, 12 starter patterns, and clear illustrations on how to carve a sun and moon clock-face, carousel horse head, cherub, teddy bear, and dog are provided. An overview of the tools needed to get started is included, with suggestions on additional tools and techniques to use once proficiency increases. Both relief carving and carving-in-the-round are covered. This replaces 156523085X.
Once an experienced woodworker said to me, "There is no scrap wood, just pieces which have not met the right hand". Back in the days when I was starting with Wood Craft, I was desperately looking for the go-to guide about the processes and the tools involved. Woodworking is a vast subject with many branches or sub-genres of this craft like Cabinet Making, Wood Carving, Joinery, Carpentry, and Woodturning. The online content was information overload and not presented in a sequential manner. The books I referred were either focused on a few processes or assumed that I had the necessary information. Also, I found that most of the books were a little aged. There are two ways of learning; one is learning from subject matter experts who have years of experience, and then there are people who are just a few steps ahead of you in their journey. I am the second one, five years into this hobby, and still learning from the experts. I still remember the initial doubts I had and the tips which helped me. This book is for people who are in their first lap (0-3 years) of the wood-crafting journey and want to have a holistic idea of processes, tools, and need help in their initial projects. I have included ample photographs of realistic projects of beginners explaining the process and standard operating procedure while starting. In the last chapter, Appendix: I have provided a glossary of woodworking terms, the list of online resources available for free patterns, tips, and techniques. Below is the flow of the information provided in the book: - Introduction: The history and details of various branches of woodworking - All about the wood: How to choose them; Hardwood, Softwood, Plywood, MDF all explained - Woodworking tools: Hand and Power tool explained with best practices - Processes and Techniques: The complete workflow of the woodworking process along with a detailed explanation of the usage of each tool - Safety and Best Practices: This topic is highlighted throughout the book, and best practices with regards to hand and power tools explained in detail - Gluing and Finishing - 10 starter projects with step by step instructions - Glossary of woodworking tools, sources for downloading the free plan Also, you can download my additional bonus booklet with additional plans for more projects So, what are you waiting for? As said in the woodworking community: Measure Twice and Cut Once and let's start the journey.
This text contains a guide to wood-carving, and constitutes a practical handbook specially designed for the novice woodworker. This text will greatly appeal to anyone with an interest in woodcarving, from the absolute beginner to the woodworker looking to expand his repertoire. Complete with interesting information, handy tips and detailed illustrations, this book is not to be missed by the anyone with an interest in the subject and makes for a great addition to collections of woodworking literature. The chapters of this book include: Tools; Wood; Bench, and Methods of Holding Work; Sharpening Tools; Panel Carving; Various Examples for Carving... and much more. We are proud to republish this text here complete with a new introduction on decorative woodwork.
"This is an absolutely first-rate book for beginners in wood sculpture, well thought out and well executed. It is exceptional in the quality of its illustrations, and contains many original and unusual conceptions and designs."--E. J. Tangerman. In answer to complaints from students that there was no concise, simple text on wood carving, Charles Marshall Sayers, a nationally famous teacher and craftsman, wrote this book. It is still the finest book for the beginning student in wood sculpture. In clear, straightforward language, Sayers carefully guides the reader through the fundamentals--what tools and materials to use, how to use them. There are lessons and designs for incised carving, relief carving, and other cutting methods. Sayers discusses woods suitable for carving, stains and finishes, preliminary and advanced methods of preparing woods for finishing, even how to make a workbench. The 34 illustrated designs for over 34 projects encourage the student to build slowly and methodically a sound, practical technique while creating objects of beauty and utility. All of the projects employ only four tools (one straight parting tool, three different sizes of straight gouges). With this book you can make panels for cabinets, chests, and doors; borders; table aprons; chair and bench rails; circular mirror frame; wall bracket with shelf; bookends; rectangular mirror frame; footstools; guest-book covers; mirror frame with half-circle top; holy water font; and doors. Though "The Book of Wood Carving "is meant for the beginner, experienced carvers will find that Sayers' original conceptions and designs will increase their own pleasure and skill. "Stimulating both by spicy text and large photographs showing every point in processes described . . . [Illustrated with] designs of actual work by the author--a famous teacher and craftsman--and his students and apprentices."--"Books, New York Herald Tribune. "Unabridged (1978) republication of original (1942) edition.
If you've been wondering where to find inspiration for your next carving project, look no further. This treasure trove of classic designs from internationally recognized artist Lora S. Irish is for you. Inside you'll find 200 original patterns that make wonderful subjects for both relief and power carving. This comprehensive collection will provide any woodcarving artist with a virtually unlimited design resource. From buffalo to bears, from wood spirits to wild horses, from sailboats to the Statue of Liberty, this wide-ranging collection covers all of today's most popular subjects. Easy-to-reproduce outline patterns are ready to transfer to your next project. Each pattern can be used individually, in combination with others in the book, or as inspiration for creating new original art.
Are you considering Whittling or wood carving as a first-timer? You don't know where to begin? If so, this handbook is for you with a bonus of 15-weekend projects to lay your hands on. Whittling has its root back in the days of the early men, in which they craft tools. But as time goes on, it has moved into a form of art and a hobby for many who love it. You can go ahead to defining whittling as the act of trimming, shaping, or carving different woods, mostly softwoods, into tools or art. However, it would help if you learn the basic tips covering aspects such as choosing the right knife, locking blades, carbon steel blade, location of the blade, the shape of the blade, and choosing the right knife. What more to gain from this book? Getting a Whetstone, Keeping Your Knife Clean, Lubricating Your Whetstone, Mastering the Grip, Mastering the Motion, Examining Your Level of Progress, Sharpening the Opposite Side, Examining Your Level of Progress Again, and finally Test Running Your Knife. Furthermore, you have to understand wood grain before you can achieve success in this hobby in the following ways: Carving Along the Grain, Carving Across the Grain, and Carving at the End of the Grain. There are tips and tricks which will enable you to maintain a strong hand during carving, coupled with some safety precautions. Meanwhile, there are one and a thousand ways of shaping wood with a knife, but precisely, key techniques have been discussed in this whittling handbook and, when adhered to, leads to a successful whittling: Push Cut, Pare Cut, Straight Rough Cut, Thumb Pushing, and much more! Common mistakes have also been outlined to avoid as a beginner. And most importantly, 15 step by step projects ideas you can consider for a start; some of them include Carving a Wood Spirit; Carving a Laughing Bear; Open Mouth Hand Carved Bass Fish; Carved Painted Eagle's Feather; Whittled Wooden Tobacco Pipe; Carved Santa Claus Ornament; Hand Carved Wooden Coffee Scoop and many more. Get Your Copy Today!
This three-in-one volume combines a trio of rare classics on artisanal woodworking techniques and designs. Practical instructions, helpful diagrams, and other illustrations explain cabinetry building with metal inlays, cut-out decorative designs, and more.
The professional advice and the sheer beauty of these projects make this title a "must-have" reference for every power carver. Improved performance, versatile attachments, and lower prices have placed power tools within the reach of every woodworker. Celebrating 20 years of power carving wizardry, this big book presents 22 all-time favorite step-by-step projects and patterns from Woodcarving Illustrated, the leading how-to magazine for carving enthusiasts. If you’ve been thinking about trying your hand at power carving, or are looking to expand your power carving skills, this powerhouse collection is exactly what you need. It features a stunning gallery of work and a complete buyer’s guide to exciting new tools from Dremel, Foredom, and other manufacturers. Covering everything from the basics of safety to the strategy for texturing feathers, Power Carving Manual, Second Edition offers expert information, insight, and inspiration from today’s top power carvers, including Frank Russell, Jack Kochan, David Sabol, Lori Corbett, Chuck Solomon, and Dave Hamilton.
Construct 29 classic pieces from 150 detailed, measured drawings and photographs. Styles range from early American primitive to relatively sophisticated late 18th- and early 19th-century trends. Chosen pieces represent the work of such masters as Duncan Phyfe, William Savery, John Elliot, Hepplewhite, Goddard, and Sheraton. 32 photos.