Ray Mears Handbook: Carving No. 1

Ray Mears Handbook: Carving No. 1


By (author) Ray Mears

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  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm
  • Publication date: 1 December 1925
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1444711407
  • ISBN 13: 9781444711400
  • Sales rank: 430,373

Product description

Ray draws together his well-practised carving skills in this handbook. He teaches basic techniques including safety and choosing your tools, step-by-step instructions on how to carve, from a simple spoon to weighty canoe paddle. It is illustrated with Ray's photos and designs to copy. How to choose the appropriate wood for the job How to use different tools - straight knife, crooked knife, axe, saw, hand-drill How to decorate your carvings How to preserve your carvings 'When I carve I feel a kinship with the forest. Carving is an earth skill which comes into its own when you make a journey. Native people have a saying that I have long embraced: "do much with little".' - Ray Mears

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Author information

Born in 1964, Ray Mears has travelled the world studying and teaching the art of survival. He appears extensively on TV programmes such as Northern Wilderness. In 2003 the Royal Geographical Society honoured him with the Ness Award for the popularisation of geography.

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'Ray Mears is a bushman first and foremost and really can survive in any extreme environment. I can't think of a better companion in a crisis.' -- Tim Lewis, GQ 'The foremost purveyor of bushcraft in the UK today.' -- Geographical Magazine 'Ray Mears is a genius' -- Time Out 'Give the man a couple of twigs, a flint and a curved knife and he is transformed into a poet.' -- The Times