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Chris Pye's Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual: A Beginner's Guide to Traditional Techniques (Woodcarving Illustrated Books) Paperback – October 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Woodcarving Illustrated Books
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; Woodcarving Illustrated Books edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565234561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565234567
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Take a Woodcarving Course with a Master Carver The first step into a new craft can be overwhelming: Where to start? What tools to buy? What projects to begin with? Thanks to author and internationally acclaimed woodcarver Chris Pye, this guide is filled with everything a beginning woodcarver needs to know. Chris Pye's Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual is akin to having a one-on-one course with a master carver. You'll learn what to look for in a workbench, the importance of commissioning your carving tools-there's more to it than just sharpening!-and how to make exacting cuts and execute a variety of techniques. Like any good instructor, Pye includes practice exercises to make you comfortable with the tools and techniques so you can build your skills and carve with confidence. Pye's conversational teaching style will encourage you as you follow the step-by-step instructions and work on a number of motifs, as well as projects for low, high, and pierced relief, and in-the-round. With the help of Chris Pye, you'll learn to carve: - Four types of molding - A beautiful koi project in three levels of relief carving - A realistic baseball cap in-the-round - A charming wren in-the-round

About the Author

Chris Pye has been a professional woodcarver for than 25 years and is a member of the Master Carvers Association. His work is done mainly to commission, with clients including HRH the Prince of Wales. It ranges from architectural moldings to figure carving, furniture to lettering, bedheads and fireplaces. He has also written extensively about woodcarving for several magazines.

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This book is extremely easy to read and the instr4uctions are clear.
Holly Carden
I would absolutely recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about carving!
Brenda Erikson
I now own seven of Chris' books and have just about read them cover to cover.
G. Terry Vermilyea

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Erikson on November 24, 2010
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This book gives a really good foundation with information about tools, types of wood, and different methods of carving, as well as projects & patterns to help you get started. Chris Pye is (in my opinion) an amazing craftsman and artist, and even if you don't carve, looking at the photos of his process and the finished pieces is a great experience. The only thing better would be if the book came with an instructional DVD of some kind, because it can be challenging to make sense of a 3-d or "in the round" project from written instructions and photos. I would absolutely recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about carving!
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Matt Service on October 5, 2011
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I just received this book and opened it up. I was shocked to read a "Woodcarving Course" book that didn't really do much instructing at all. Half of the book is pictures, and mostly full page ones too. Most of those pictures don't really even give good project ideas.

Each "chapter" or section is one to three pages long on average, and just barely starts to give you an idea of the topic before moving on to something else. There wasn't even enough to get me more than barely interested in carving. This is less than a beginner's book. I would classify this as more of a coffee table book. (just eye candy, not for information).

Do yourself a favor and order "The Complete Book of Woodcarving" by Everett Ellenwood. It's produced by the same publisher, but had more information and knowledge than I could have hoped for on the subject. I ordered both of these books at the same time, and in comparing the two: should never have ordered Chris Pye's "Woodcarving Course and Reference Manual".

I give two stars because it's not completely void of useful information.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By H. Lanfear on September 5, 2011
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I've been carving for over 50 years and finally learned how to really sharpen tools with this book. Pye's technique guides are superb and this book is something every carver, at any level, should have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Delahunty on July 21, 2013
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This is a good book with great photos and ideas, but for a complete beginner, I need something like "Woodcarving for Dummies"!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 12, 2013
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Another customer pretty much spoke my sentiments in another review but as for myself, as a brand new, just thinking about doing woodcarving person, this book as a "Beginners Guide", is sorely lacking. I can't knock the author, he's been doing this a long time and seems to be very well respected. I was really hoping for something really basic....like, not only what each tool is used for but how should I use each tool to get certain results. The old "how the tool should feel in my hand" type info. Truthfully, as for methodology, I could have gleaned as much how to from Google. The first thing I did after looking at the book was to return to Amazon in search of another beginners book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Just A regular guy on March 7, 2013
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Lots of different type of techniques, some of them better than others. I was looking more of a learning book with different how to and practice stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By charles gunn on October 17, 2012
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Author seems to like to use a lot of prose filler and very little detail on the subject.
He probably felt if he gave too much information in one book he wouldn't have anything to put in his other books in this series.
I wouldn't have bought this book if I knew just how little there was in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth A. Unks on January 16, 2014
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A beginner needs something more descriptive and simpler. The illustrations are good but somewhat advanced for the typical young beginner.
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