Published by Stobart Davies, Hertford, UK
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
Making a Start
Trinket Bowl in Plum Wood
Fish Platter in Sycamore
Uplighter in Limewood or Basswood
Mirror Frame in Yew
Mirror Frame in American Black Walnut
Dolphin Relief in Maple
and Eye Relief in European Oak
Handle in Boxwood
Corner Bracket in Limewood
Skull in Ash
Head in Magnolia
Holder in Birch
Knocker in Elm
Clothes Hanger in Yew
Axe in Walnut