Palatine East and the Greco-Roman Bone and Ivory Carving Tradition
Author: Archer St. Clair
Publisher: JHU Press
From 1989 to 1994 more than fifteen hundred bone and ivory objects were excavated from the northeast slope of Rome's Palatine Hill. These remains constitute the largest such find in the western Mediterranean and the first traces of the actual working of ivory in Rome itself. In this original work, art historian Archer St. Clair explores the significance of these finds in understanding both the development of artisanship in Rome and the broader Greco-Roman cultural and artistic tradition to which they belong. Dating primarily from the first through the fifth century C.E., the carved objects include ornamentation for furniture and boxes in the form of plaques and framing strips, jewelry, dolls, a wide variety of pins, as well as smaller numbers of handles, needles, and other implements. Also present at the site was extensive evidence of a bone and ivory workshop, including prepared blanks and waste fragments that provide valuable evidence for artisanal practices in both materials. This volume includes a representative catalog of 648 objects from Palatine East, extensively illustrated with photographs and detailed drawings. Four chapters of introductory material offer a comprehensive overview of the material properties of bone and ivory, the literary evidence, and wider context of their use in the ancient world, and the particular significance of the Palatine East site. While bone has often been treated simply as an inferior and less valuable alternative to ivory, St. Clair notes the close association in their use and elucidates a complex relationship between them. In doing so, she offers a detailed, contextual study of the uses, social perception, and distribution of the two materials, revealing a shared Mediterranean vocabulary of form and technique.
Word Carving: The Craft of Literary Journalism collects the works of twelve writers, either up-and-coming or already at the top of their field. Each writes with passion, skill and storytelling expertise. Their words are shaped with all the care and artistry that artist Peter Schuyff summoned in carving the pencils that adorn the book cover. "For me, [Peter Schuyff’s pencils] ... lead us to the unexpected and highly crafted forms the artist of the word and the artist of the wood may produce." -- Alberto Ruy-Sánchez
Beautifully illustrated guide by a master woodcrafter presents 12 projects, with mix-and-match suggestions for creating dozens of spoons and other implements. Perfect for beginners, the book features clear, detailed directions.
Lessons in Resourcefulness and Craft from an Unusual Christmas Tree Farm
Author: Emmet Van Driesche
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Category: House & Home
When he first envisioned becoming a farmer, author Emmet Van Driesche never imagined his main crop would be Christmas trees, nor that such a tree farm could be more of a managed forest than the conventional grid of perfectly sheared trees. Carving Out a Living on the Land tells the story of how Van Driesche navigated changing life circumstances, took advantage of unexpected opportunities, and leveraged new and old skills to piece together an economically viable living, while at the same time respecting the land's complex ecological relationships. From spoon carving to scything, coppicing to wreath-making, Carving Out a Living on the Land proves that you don't need acres of expensive bottomland to start your land-based venture, but rather the creativity and vision to see what might be done with that rocky section or ditch or patch of trees too small to log. You can lease instead of buy; build flexible, temporary structures rather than sink money into permanent ones; and take over an existing operation rather than start from scratch. What matters are your unique circumstances, talents, and interests, which when combined with what the land is capable of producing, can create a fulfilling and meaningful farming life.
More than 300 outstanding photos highlight the expressiveness of stonework from New Jersey to Nepal. “Well written and beautifully illustrated...wonderful. Shows readers a variety of techniques used to shape and place stones in their yards [and] ideas for creating paths and walls. Provides much information on actually building things.”—Library Journal.
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company Incorporated
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Get inspired to become a chainsaw artisan with this guide to chainsaw basics. Step-by-step projects show you how to create relief and pierced relief carvings, step-cut carvings and life-sized three-dimensional carvings, plus totem poles, benches, planters and fire wood holders. Expanded edition with new projects.
Superb guide to every aspect of the craft combines practical instruction with more than 1,000 photos and diagrams. Projects range from simple — boxes, chests, chairs — to complex — tables, cabinets, beds.
Jim Widess and Ginger Summit, the best-selling authors of The Complete Book of Gourd Craft and Making Gourd Instruments, have done it again: they’ve produced another winner to delight the many crafters who work with gourds. Large, lavish, and astonishingly comprehensive, this breathtaking volume introduces every tool and every technique associated with gourd carving, offers fabulous projects that advance in difficulty, and presents a gallery of works designed to inspire. See how to choose and prepare a gourd, impress the surface with a design, and work with green gourds. The magnificent methods of decorative carving covered include fretwork, engraving, chip carving, carving with gouges, relief carving, inlay, and deep relief or sculptural carving. Throughout, color photographs of exquisite carved gourds present crafts styles from countries around the world. A Selection of the Crafters Choice Book Club.
Hearings Before the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, Eighty-third Congress, First Session, Pursuant to H. Res 115 on Matters Relating to the Labor-Management Relations Act of 1947, and for Other Purposes
Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor
Whittle a beautiful spoon, comb, pair of dice, and more with this fresh introduction to a folksy craft. Carve modernizes a mindful hobby that people have turned to for generations to help them slow down, relax, and connect with the outdoors. Choose from a dozen projects with bespoke details, all are designed to be useful at home or while camping. And because these objects are small, they require only a few hours and a tool or two to complete. You'll also learn how to choose the right knife and wood, helpful information on techniques and safety, and tips for refining, personalizing and maintaining your piece. Whether you're headed to the woods or just to the porch, this pocket-sized guide will have you carving your own unique designs in no time.
A refreshed edition of a practical and charming introduction to the time-honored craft of whittling--now with brand-new step-by-step illustrations. Whittling can help you relax even as you create useful and beautiful art with just a knife and some timber. The Whittling Handbook helps beginners explore this time-honored craft and learn foundational skills, from gathering the basic tools to choosing the right wood to keeping your knife sharp. Begin with straightforward projects like a kitchen spatula, and then progress to more complex and intricate items such as a linked chain and a whistle. Easy-to-follow and full of friendly guidance from seasoned woodcarver Pete Benson, this guide is perfect for first-timers.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Wood Carving and Fun Whittling Projects for Beginners
Author: Tony Gordon
Publisher: Elite Novelty Printing LLC
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Unleash Your Inner Creative Craftsman and Discover How to Craft Awesome Pieces of Wood Art with the Ultimate Guide to Whittling Are you looking for a fun new hobby to pass away your free time? Are you looking for a beginner-friendly way to get into woodworking, but have no idea where to begin? Do you want to discover proven whittling techniques to take your carving skills to the next level? If your answer is yes to any of the questions above, then this book is for you! In this definitive guide to whittling, Tony Gordon skips the fluff and hands you a comprehensive, experienced-backed resource guide to take you from the basics of whittling, all the way to advanced woodworking projects using only a whittling knife. With clear instructions and photos, you'll learn how to carve an impressive array of wood figures that are sure to impress your family and friends! Take a look at what you're going to discover in the pages of this comprehensive woodworking guide: ● Everything you need to know about the art of whittling to help you get started as a beginner ● How to select the perfect whittling knives for your woodworking and crafting needs ● How to choose the right wood for whittling for specific types of woodworking projects ● A crash guide to maintaining your whittling knife and keeping it sharp and ready for any project ● Six important precautions you absolutely need to burn into your mind to stay safe while whittling any piece of wood ● A detailed explanation of the five essential cuts as well as step-by-step instructions to master them with pictures ● 4 common and harmful mistakes you need to avoid like the plague while whittling wood ● Fun whittling projects with step-by-step instructions and pictures from beginner-friendly projects to advanced animations ● ...and much, much more! Whether you're a complete beginner just learning to whittle, or you're an old hand looking for fresh inspiration and new ideas, this guide is packed with fun projects that are sure to keep you creatively engaged as well as improve your woodworking skills.