"A first book for Frank Fox-Wilson. I have many books on the subject of carving, and I must say that this has to be one of the best that I have purchased.
Written by a man, who clearly has a passion for the subject of wood and of carving, as is evident in the words used in the introduction, and referred to throughout the book.
The format is very clear step by step instructions, accompanied by beautiful photographs. Included are scale drawings of each project. Each project has a dedicated chapter, also a chapter dedicated to tools and techniques which include some great tips.
The author comes across as very down to earth and refers to himself as an ameteur (which I disagree with!).
Fox-Wilson includes mistakes that have been made during the project and explains how they were rectified. This type of approach is encouraging for beginners who may feel disillusioned at the thoughts of making mistakes.
Fox-Wilson makes reference to other woodcarvers with a note of admiration for their work. These are included at the back of the book with photographs and explanations on the effects of the type of carving used.
Overall I am very pleased with the honest simpicity of this book, the clear instructions, and the respect shown for a craft that brings pleasure to the craftsperson and the receivers of the pieces.
A must for beginners and a good reference for the more experienced. "show more
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