Whittling and Woodcarving Author:E. J. Tangerman Throughout the ages of the most popular ways to utilise the creative urge has been whittling or woodcarving. In this volume, Mr. Tangerman, one of America's foremost craftsmen, presents a full and thorough introduction to this entertaining art form. With this book which is one of the few works that bridge the gap between whittling and serious c... more »arving, a beginner who is moderately handy can whittle or carve scores of useful objects, toys for children, gifts, or simply pass hours at applying his ingenuity to wood.
Beginning with a history of whittling and woodcarving the book progresses gradually. The first chapters apply background information on different woods, their proper selection and possible uses, selection and care of knives, and ways of using tools, including grips, types of strokes and cuts, and simple exercises. The following chapters cover rustic work, flat toys and windmills, puzzles, chains, nested spheres, fans, joints, modeling ships in bottles, and caricatures. The second half of the book covers carving proper and describes simple lines, woodcuts, low relief, pierced designs, sculpture in the round, inlay and marquetry, lettering, indoor and outdoor decorations and styles. The final chapter describes finishing, repairs and the care of tools. Includes a wide range of illustrations & photographs.« less