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Chris Pye's Woodcarving Course and Reference Manual : A Beginner's Guide to Traditional Techniques

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Fox Chapel Publishing
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This is the edition with a publication date of 9/1/2010.
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Akin to having a one-on-one carving course with a master carver, this resourcea collection of tips and tricks honed over many yearsmentors newcomers and serious beginning woodcarvers alike. A comprehensive guide for those who want to learn carving, this manual provides a handful of lessons, including how to choose the best woods, safe tool-handling tips, making cuts, and executing a variety of techniques. The careful step-by-step instructions that are explained in a warm conversational voice help novice crafters find quick success and encouragement as they work on a number of carving motifs and three projects for both relief and in-the-round styles. For serious beginners eager to know more about a timeless craft, this go-to reference provides an answer to every question.

Author Biography

Chris Pye is an internationally-acclaimed woodcarver and carving instructor. He is the author of several books on the subject including Woodcarving, Elements of Woodcarving, Lettercarving in Wood and Woodcarving Tools, Materials & Equipment. He has written for Woodcarving Magazine and Woodcarving Illustrated. He is a member of the Master Carvers Association When not writing or carving commissioned work, Chris taches at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine and maintains a website

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