Chip Carving in Nature
An Artistic Approach
by Craig Vandall Stevens

Softcover
210 x 275mm
64pp

Published by Schiffer Publishing, West Chester, Pennsylvania USA

R.R.P.$16.90

ISBN 0-7643-0029-6

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Extract from back cover of book:

Craig Stevens's unique chip carving style captures images from nature by using carved shapes and patterns rather than outlining the subject. With a painter's sensitivity these carved shapes create a flow and movement that imitates the simple but graceful patterns of the natural world. The initial drawing creates the foundation of each carving. This book shares Craig's method with other carvers, taking them step-by-step through the carving process, beginning with an introduction to the tools and the wood. Every carving step for the main project is included with a clear color photograph and a concise description of the carving technique that is used. The patterns are included as is a gallery of variations and applications.

About the Author: Craig Vandall Stevens designs and builds one-of-a-kind furniture in his one-person shop in Sunbury, Ohio. He studied furniture making at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program in northern California, a program renowned for its excellence in craftsmanship and attention to detail. There, under the instruction of master cabinetmaker Jim Krenov, he developed an extensive background in traditional cabinetmaking techniques and hand skills. The focused environment of the college became the setting for Craig to begin exploring the delicate art of marquetry and continue his refinement of chip carving.

Photos: Colour

Contents

Dedication
Acknowledgements
Introduction

Suggestions

What Wood Should I Use?

Finishes

Sharpening

Hand Positions

Carving Basics

Carving the Giraffe

Patterns

Gallery