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The Fundamentals of Figure carvinig

Fundamentals of Figure Carving

by  Ian Norbury

This book, from an acknowledged master of the art, is one that no figure carver should be without.  A highly visual study, illustrated with over 350 excellent drawings and photographs takes the reader through the process of representing both male and female human figures through the medium of woodcarving.  This well-rounded book extends well beyond the carving itself and includes advice on photographing models, copying drawings and training the eye to perceive form in three dimensions.  In addition, the details such as hands, hair, feet and facial elements are all given special attention in this most thorough course book.

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Techniques of Creative Woodcarving

by  Ian Norbury

As a companion volume to Techniques of Creative Woodcarving, this book provides a progressive, structured course guiding the tyro carver through the essential techniques of the craft.  Twelve projects are included in the book with clear illustrations and step-by-step instructions for their completion.  Special attention is given to the detail areas which so often tax the skills of carvers, with a wealth of drawings and photos taking away the mystery.

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Techniques of Creative Woodcarving
Carving Facial Expressions

Carving Facial Expressions

by  Ian Norbury

This book makes an effective companion volume to "Fundamentals of Figure Carving' described above.  Here, Ian Norbury shows the carver how to graduate from producing figures and busts with generic faces to bringing those faces to life with appropriate expressions.  In common with his other books, this one is fully illustrated with photographs and drawings to reinforce the clearly written, progressive text.  The models used cover a range of ages, male and female and of all types from the 'clear-skinned beauty' to the 'character'.

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Price*: 12.95

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Grinling Gibbons and the English Woodcarving Tradition
by Frederick Oughton FRSA

With publication timed to coincide with the exhibition of Gibbons' work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, this paperback re-issue is a remarkable study of English Woodcarving from the earliest times to the era of Georgian furniture craftsmen.  It is the result of twenty years of work by Frederick Oughton, the well-known author and expert on the subject.

The author pays special attention to the role of the carver in relation to work carried out for The Crown over a period of several hundred years of Royal Patronage.  At the centre of the study stands Grinling Gibbons, the great stylist which is exemplified by his work at Petworth, Chatsworth and other historic great houses.  In addition to the appraisal of the master's major pieces, there are biographical details of his business and personal life.

With its copious notes on a range of ornamental carving styles, lavish  illustrations - many taken from the authors own photograph collection and previously unpublished - and reproductions of contemporary documents, this has all the hallmarks of of a classic work.  224pp.

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