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I do not, as a rule, attempt to enlarge with exact accuracy from a small sketch. I prefer to have some license to modify the design. However, at times scales for enlarging and reducing can be very useful, particularly if the beginner wishes to copy some given design. Students often use reducing scales when working from
Selecting basic wood carving toolsIn his work, the woodcarver uses a variety of wood carving techniques at different times. The carver and carpenter use a wood carving instrument of the same name in a few instances, but of a somewhat different kind. The carpenter’s mallet, for example, is a modified rectangular stone, while the carver’s
Choosing basics wood carving tools The woodcarver uses a number of wood carving tools at various stages in his work. In a few cases, the carver and carpenter use wood carving tool of the same name, but very different in type. For instance, the carpenter’s mallet is a modified rectangular block while the carver’s mallet
The finish should be a natural outcome of your efforts to complete the form of the carving as well as you can. When you are satisfied with the look and shape of your work it is time to stop. If you favor a tool-cut texture, do not finish by imposing a uniform tooled texture all
The wood used in wood carving Woods, like so many materials we use, are subject to fashion. For instance, pitch pine and mahogany suffered an eclipse at the close of the nineteenth century but now they are again gaining favor. Fresh treatments and new designs make us see these woods in a different light. Those
Basics of carving big wood figures I hope this chapter will prove useful to the young sculptor who has his first commission to carve a large figure in the wood. The methods described will follow very closely those used in the ‘The Risen Christ in Glory’ (plates VII-XIII). It is likely that the setting for a
The Sculptor and the Specialist For the sculptor, wood is only one of the media in which he works. Stone, clay, cement, plaster, wax, metals, and in recent years plastics, are some of the diverse materials that come under his hand. He is likely to have a bias towards certain media, a liking for one
The study of wood has become a science in itself. Students who wish to go deeply into this subject can obtain detailed information from the Agricultural Research Service and the Forest Service divisions of the Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. Some general information, however, seems appropriate here so that the reader may gain a working
About glue in wood carvings The first evidence of the use of glue was found in an Egyptian tomb dated 1400 b.c. and there is little doubt that glue was used for some hundreds of years before this date. Pictorial evidence exists of Egyptian craftsmen boiling bones and hides to produce glue. In the Middle
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