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Wood carving : techniques, concepts and projects for New Zealanders

Author: Len Gale
Publisher: Auckland [N.Z.] : Reed, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"From the first time a prehistoric human shaped a stick into a digging tool wood carving has been bringing satisfaction to its practitioners and pleasure for those who use its products. The modern age of mass-production has further enhanced our appreciation of handmade pieces shaped from wood--one of the commonest yet most precious of raw materials. Whether you are a novice wanting to carve wood for a little  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Len Gale
ISBN: 0790006634 9780790006635
OCLC Number: 154668265
Description: 156 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 x 25 cm
Contents: Equipment & supplies (Wood for carving ; Preparing the wood ; Setting up ; Tools ; Glue) --
Getting started (Basic carving techniques ; Designing the carving) --
Techniques & applications (Chip carving ; Carving in relief ; Carving in the round ; Wood turning & carving ; Wood cuts & wood engraving ; Furniture carving ; Finishing ; Protecting the carving) --
Projects (Owl coat hanger ; Walking stick ; Maori carving) --
Maintaining & making tools (Sharpening tools ; Making your own tools).
Responsibility: Len Gale.

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"From the first time a prehistoric human shaped a stick into a digging tool wood carving has been bringing satisfaction to its practitioners and pleasure for those who use its products. The modern age of mass-production has further enhanced our appreciation of handmade pieces shaped from wood--one of the commonest yet most precious of raw materials. Whether you are a novice wanting to carve wood for a little relaxation or a serious carver relying on your creativity for a living, this book is for you. It gives readers at all levels the skills and knowledge needed to make a host of lasting wooden objects in all manner of styles, both Maori and European. Selecting and preparing the wood is the first stage: here the book gives a concise guide to working with the main wood types available in New Zealand. Next comes the tools and the work space. Advice is given about setting up, using and maintaining hand tools and power tools, and the use of glues. For the established carver, some agreeably low-tech ways are suggested for making your own tools. Then there is the work itself. Wood carving explains how to design on a piece of wood; how to hold tools; basic carving techniques; more advanced methods like chip carving, carving in the round and wood engraving; and how to protect the finished work. Specific projects--including a wall hanging, a walking stick and sever Maori carvings--are outlined step by step. With this book at hand. the next step is simple: just carve"--Back cover.

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