Woodcarving
Book 1 - Basic Techniques

by Ian Norbury

Hardcover
215 x 275mm
86pp

Published by Stobart Davies, Hertford, UK

R.R.P.$23.90

ISBN 0-85442-095-9

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A Fish Platter in Sycamore


An Uplighter in Limewood or Basswood


A Mirror Frame in Yew


A Mirror Frame in American Black Walnut


A Dolphin Relief in Maple


Hand and Eye Relief in European Oak


Dolphin Corner Bracket in Limewood


Ram's Skull in Ash


Falcon's Head in Magnolia


Knife Handle

 

Extract from back cover of book:

This book for beginners to woodcarving provides all the step-by-step help and information needed to take up this engrossing and rewarding craft.

Ian Norbury, leading author, exponent and teacher of woodcarving, shows how to approach the subject in an uncomplicated and straightforward way, using projects to demonstrate the various aspects and different styles of carving available to the newcomer.

Each of the projects has been carefully chosen to introduce new techniques, building up experience and confidence in an easy way. The projects are small, useful and fun to make, and most can be completed in a few days or over a weekend whilst simultaneously learning the basic skills. Additionally, there shouldn't be any need for you to lay out large amounts of money for hard-to-find materials you can even use 'found' wood, such as off-cuts, or seasoned fruit wood from the garden for many carvings.

Ian talks about the gouges and other tools, such as knives and files etc., and the different woods and their working properties that are available to carvers. He covers the techniques of carving in the round, relief carving, knife work, and working with burrs and rasps.

The book is illustrated with more than 250 photographs and detailed drawings, with colour photographs of the finished projects, suggested examples of further work and the wood species that are best for carving.

This is a book that you'll want to keep by your workbench while you learn a craft that will last you a lifetime.

Photos: Colour and Black & White

Contents

Making a Start
Carving a simple bowl in European walnut.
An introduction to the gouges and other tools you will use.
Hand and power sharpening.

A Trinket Bowl in Plum Wood
An introduction to burrs and rotary sanders.
Using found wood.

A Fish Platter in Sycamore
Working to specific shapes and forms.
Holding devices: sharpening 'V' tools.

An Uplighter in Limewood or Basswood
Shaping a more complex 3-dimensional form.
3- dimensional bandsawing.

A Mirror Frame in Yew
Simple relief carving.
Using files and rasps.

A Mirror Frame in American Black Walnut
More complex relief carving.
Using burrs.

A Dolphin Relief in Maple
Fretted low relief carving applied to a background..

Hand and Eye Relief in European Oak
Low relief carved in a solid block.

Cane Handle in Boxwood
Introduction to 3-dimensional carving.
Using clay models to find the initial shape.

Dolphin Corner Bracket in Limewood
Using a clay model for a more complex shape.
Producing accurate drawings.

Ram's Skull in Ash
Copying a natural object.
Measuring and drawing.

Falcon's Head in Magnolia
Carving small detail.
Garden trees and fruit wood.

Knife Handle
Carving fine decorative details.
Using a knife.

Candle Holder in Birch
Carving an 'impression' using a minimum of tool cuts.

Door Knocker in Elm
A finely tooled finish.

Dragon Clothes Hanger in Yew
Available timber.
Preparing and carving a branch.
Sanding and finishing.

Celtic Axe in Walnut
Enhancing a carving by adding other materials.
Using a standard axe handle.


Candle Holder in Birch


Door Knocker in Elm


Dragon Clothes Hanger in Yew


Celtic Axe in Walnut