Swedish Carving Techniques, Book

For all those looking for this much sought-after handbook, the wait is over. Originally published in 1990 and out of print for almost 10 years, Swedish Carving Techniques by Wille Sundqvist has enjoyed cult status among carvers and craftsmen and is widely considered the bible of spoon carvers. In honest, straightforward style, Sundqvist shares his love for basic hand tools and the practical objects they can produce from branches, burls, and crooked pieces of wood. He brings a new appreciation to the age-old craft of working with knives and axes and the rich cultural heritage of Swedish craftsmen. 144 pages. You'll Learn About: The hand tools he works with and how to sharpen themCarving techniques and different kinds of strokesTips for designing spoons for maximum strengthHow to shape dough bowls, butter paddles, and ladlesTechniques for adding decorative detailingPlus safety tips for enjoying this age-old craft Contents: Introduction Historical Background Why Use Knives and Axes? Tool Basics Knives Knife Handles Make a Knife Handle Other Carving Tools Axes, Hatchets and Adzes Edge Protection Safety Sharpening Grinding Honing Ax Work Hewing with an Ax Make a Dough Bowl Knife Grips A Butter Paddle Power Strokes Carving Toward Yourself Smoothing Strokes Finishing the Butter Paddle Small Projects Sharpening a Pencil Buttons A Clothes Hook A Peg Board Carving Spoons Form and Function Carving Spoons and Ladles Finishing Touches Sanding Carved Engraving Finishing Using Wood Finding and Using Wood Sources of Supply About the Author: Wille Sundqvist learned to carve from his father and grandfather while still a boy. He was one of Sweden's Provincial Handcrafts Consultants and has written extensively on the art of wood carving.

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