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Complete Book of Gourd Carving Hardcover – November 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402704429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402704420
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Comden on July 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have been working with gourds for almost a year and have several books on gourds, but this book tops them all. This is a beautifully done book with excellent pictures and good instructions on carving gourds. What I like the most is how challenging and inspiring this book is. After looking through it once, I have so many ideas about how I can improve my designs and techniques, even though it will take me years to achieve the same level of quality. I definitely recommend this book to those who want to take their craft to the next level!
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Having worked with gourds for quite a number of years now, I have of course collected quite a number of books on the subject. This work is certainly at the top of the list as to being useful. Most aspect of the art of carving gourds can be found in this wonderfully illustrated volume. Some of the subjects covered are fretwork, engraving, linear carving, chip carving, using gouges, relief carving, inlay techniques, deep relief or sculptural carving, supply sources and the use of high-speed grinder burrs and tips. There are hundreds of high quality color photographs. This work if of great value if for no other reason that it is a great sorce for new ideas. The text is well done and where applicable, step by step instructions are quite easy to follow. Recommend this one highly.
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Great how to carving book. Great photos. Not just for the beginner.
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I'm new to gourd art and was looking for ideas and techniques to try. This book provides both. The artwork is fantastic and the pieces portrayed are inspirational. A dozen different techniques are showcased with photos of several completed pieces created with each technique and with various tools. Some of the artists tell how they created their pieces in a general way, while others explain in great detail. I love the mix of styles and methods. I would recommend this book to any gourd enthusiast. The Complete Book of Gourd Craft, by the same authors, is also a great book for beginning gourd artists.
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While searching for "gourd art" I came across excepts from the book. Much like flipping the pages in a stone and mortar store. Saw designs I liked plus got an idea of what was covered. Was able to find it used at a great saving.

It's what I expected with good tips and nice designs
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One of the best books of Gourd designs I have seen in a long time. The designs caputure your imagination and put it to work in seeing gouds in a more sophisticated and modern genre.Congratulations to Jim Widess and Ginger Summit. Mary Schisler, Paradise CA.
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What a great purchase for a beginner. I am a latent woodcarver who has been away from it for years. After reading this book I became energized and enthusiastic to break out my carving tools and apply them to gourds. I am ordering some thick gourds from Welburn and am already making designs in preparation for their arrival.
Thanks for a great book.
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This book is very well written. I can't wait to work on my gourds, trying out some of these techniques. You won't be sorry if you love to work with gourds and you purchase this book!
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