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July 27 , 2008

A Manual of Wood Carving


This edition features
• illustrations
• a linked Table of Contents, Footnotes, and Index

Introduction. Woods, Tools, and Sharpening 
First Lesson. Indenting and Stamping 
Second Lesson. Cutting Grooves with a Gouge 
Third Lesson. Flat Patterns made with cuts and lines—Cavo Relievo or Intaglio Rilevato (Cavo-cutting) 
Fourth Lesson. Cutting out a Flat Panel with a Ground 
Fifth Lesson. Cutting Simple Leaves—Carving with the Left Hand—Modelling or Rounding—Shaded Patterns and Modelling—Progress towards Relief 
Sixth Lesson. Cutting with the Grain—Turning the Tool—the Drill—Bold Carving—and large work 
Seventh Lesson. The Sweep-cut or Free-hand Carving—Cutting Notches in Leaves—the Round-cut 
Eighth Lesson. Further application of the Sweep-cut to Higher Relief 
Ninth Lesson. Carving Simple Figures or Animal Forms—Figurini for Cabinets—Simple[viii] Rounded Edges and approach to Modelling 
Tenth Lesson. Finishing off—Imitation of old and worn work—Where Polishing is required 
Eleventh Lesson. Diaper-work—Stamped Diaper-patterns—Cutting Diapers 
Twelfth Lesson. Building-up, or Appliqué work 
Thirteenth Lesson. Carving in the Round 
Appendix to Thirteenth Lesson. On the Use of the Saw 
Fourteenth Lesson. Incised, Intaglio, or Sunk Carving 
Fifteenth Lesson. Carving Curved Surfaces: Cocoa-nuts, Bowls, Horns, Casks, Tankards, etc. 
Sixteenth Lesson. Bosses, Knobs, Bars, and Polished Ornaments 
Seventeenth Lesson. To Repair Wood-Carving—Glue—Nitric Acid Glue—Preparing Decayed Wood—Artificial Wood—Fillers—Spraying—To make Glue “take” 
Eighteenth Lesson. Colouring Wood-work—Oiling—Soda—Stains and Dyes—Ivorying Surfaces—Black Dyes and Ink 
Nineteenth Lesson. Making Moulds or Squeezes for Wood-Carvers 
Twentieth Lesson. Spot Cutting 
Appendix. Objects for Wood-Carving

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