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Learn to Carve in the Round

This title includes seven innovative projects, which gradually increase in difficulty, from UK author Andrew Thomas. It features information on the different wood species and the necessary tools and equipment. It includes discussion on the most important elements of design, using photographic examples of sculptures. This inspirational and informative book is designed to take the reader on a journey to develop their understanding of form, design, artistic creativity and technical knowledge in woodcarving. Seven innovative projects, which gradually increase in difficulty, introduce and build on important techniques for the reader to learn, practise and adopt. By working through the projects, the reader will become independent, enabling them to plan, design and accomplish their own ideas of form in three dimensions. Each of the projects includes scale designs for the reader to use, guidance on what woods to select, a list of the necessary tools, a difficulty level rating and what skills will be learnt from making it. The reader is then taken through the carving procedure with clear step-by-step instructions on how to approach the form and details. Advice is offered on what type of finish to use, and finally the design of base onto which the sculptures can be mounted. The projects include abstract studies and real-life studies, aiding the reader in their exploration of the different art forms that can be created in the medium.
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About the Author

Andrew Thomas's work is an evolution of design that he has been developing over the past 24 years. subject. A qualified teacher with 17 years experience, and a contributor to GMC's Woodcarving magazine since 1994, Andrew has won over 20 awards for his sculptures, including three international gold medals. He has exhibited in over 80 exhibitions so far, and his work, which can be found in many private collections across the UK and Europe. He lives in Banbridge.

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