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This is a worldwide survey of wood, outlining the many types of wood and their uses, and the woodworking techniques employed around the globe. Since prehistoric times wood has provided fire, shelter, tools, weapons and all manner of implements and containers. Today, its uses are just as varied and in many cultures the tree represents the very force of life itself. With over 800 illustrations, a guide to collecting, a glossary and information on where to see collections, this is an exhaustive survey of the many and varied uses of one of our most precious natural resources.
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The raw material - from softwoods and hardwoods to tropical plants and timber; carving and shaping wood - from incising and stamping, relief carving and intaglio carving, to turning and bending; decorating and finishing - from marquetry and inlay, paint and lacquer, to metallic finishes and embellishment; wood at work - from bowls and buckets, furniture and implements, to modes of transport and buildings; heart and soul - from games and toys, dolls and puppets, to ritual and ceremony; tools - from axes and adzes, chisels and saws, to lathes and planes.

About the Author

Bryan Sentance, an inveterate traveller and educator in the field of arts and crafts, is author of Basketry and (with John Gillow) of World Textiles.

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