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Swedish Carving Techniques (International Craft Classic) Paperback – April 1, 1990


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Text: English, Swedish (translation)

About the Author

Wille Sundqvist learned to carve as a boy from his father and grandfather. He was formerly one of Sweden's Provincial Handcrafts Consultants and is the author of an earlier Swedish book, Woodturning, the Cutting Method, as well as several magazine and journal articles. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: International Craft Classic
  • Paperback: 141 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Pr; illustrated edition edition (April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942391454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942391459
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My favorite project is actually the butter spreader.
Albert P. Gauche
Although I am only half way through the book, it contains a wealth of information on classic techniques.
Jeffrey W Rich
I was glad to see this book was back in print and finally got a copy.
Jerry Davis

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Keith Mealy on August 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book takes you through traditional folk woodcarving, with an emphasis on sloyd (handcraft) knives and some discussion of axe, adze, and gouge work.
The author shows you the tools and how to sharpen them. Then he gets into carving techniques and different kinds of strokes. He discusses in detail control, power and safety. He starts off showing you how to sharpen a pencil, and gets into dough bowls, butter paddles, spoons and ladles. There is a good discussion of how to design spoons so that the strength is maximized by the shape of the spoon and choice of wood.
If you are interested in carving boots or ducks, this book is probably not for you. But if the sensuous appeal of a spoon carved from a tree branch appeals to you, you will find it fascinating.
Favorite quote: "A knifeless man is a lifeless man."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William Hughes on May 26, 2014
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Very in-depth study of sharpening techniques and knife grips. Book contains a few projects to get one started in carving, which require certain grips (which are again explained with photos). I purchased book after I had started carving - not really knowing how. After too many close calls of having to visit ER, I decided to break down and get a book - why reinvent the wheel? These techniques are centuries old and teach one to safely use the right tool for the right job. Grain direction, wood selection, finishing etc are laid out with photos to help explain each subject.

This is one of those books where I can quickly review a certain topic as needed, but I feel it's best to read from start to finish before ever picking up a knife - save yourself the trouble of developing bad habits as well as a lot on band-aids and get the book. While some of the grips seem awkward at first, SAFETY is at the root of each and foremost in the books overall theme.

This book will not guide you step by step on how to say "make a spoon", but will give you guidelines and the info needed to do so, while leaving room for your particular style to grow from the base knowledge supplied.

Highly recommended for anyone considering hand carving greenwood. Mr Sundqvist is a true master at his art and a very good teacher - I know there is at least one video DVD and possibly a 2nd, which would likely compliment this book very well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rita on December 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
Really great source for all things carving with knife and axe. It changed my carving and made things a lot easier on my hands. Love it, highly recommended!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Taylor on March 2, 2014
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I never thought I would be able to get a copy of this book.
Way back in 1992 I bought Jogge (Wille's son) VHS tape: Carving Swedish Woodenware.
I have watched it dozens of time.
I did not buy this, the companion book by Wille Sundqvist...what a fool was I.
Last year (2013), I was looking to get the video on DVD- without much luck.

This book was available, USED, at several sites....for close to a THOUSAND BUCKS !!!

Then I read on a couple sites Taunton Press was considering reprinting this book, and reissuing the video on DVD.
Man, did I jump on them both when Amazon had them on its site !
Woo-Hoot....I got lucky and got them both !
If you have any interest in Carving, Woodenware, techniques, tool construction- do not hesitate to purchase these (the book and the video on DVD) while they are still available.
You too will refer to them often- because they are Masterwork !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bear Limvere on March 24, 2013
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This book sits next to my bench when I'm carving. They companion video by Wille's son Jogge is also wonderful. Even thought I have a copy, I wish it were available so others could find the same joy from it that I do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sir_isaac_newton on March 18, 2014
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A compact, enjoyable and easy to read introduction to Swedish carving, with lots of useful black & white photos and a few line drawings too. This book really is a modern classic. Covers the basic tools (e.g. axe, knife & gouge), sharpening techniques, carving grips, spoon carving, bowl carving & decorative carving. There are lots of really useful, time-saving tips & insights.

This is folk/greenwood/"sloyd" (craft)/bushcraft carving with a few simple hand-tools for the beginner/intermediate enthusiast/amateur (although plenty of professional woodworkers rate this book highly too), rather than, say, carpentry, cabinet making or fine woodworking.

A thoroughly enjoyable read. I love this book :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albert P. Gauche on August 12, 2014
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The quintessential book on spoon carving since it's first edition. It goes from log to spoon. My favorite project is actually the butter spreader. His use of ornamentation superbly highlights the figure and grain of the wood being used. Function and form makes this a classic on the subject. I recommend it to all my carving friends and BSA scout groups.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DerrickM on January 24, 2014
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This book was out of print for the longest time and was selling for really expensive prices used. Now that they are printing new copies again I decided to pickup a copy to learn swedish carving techniques.

It covers everything from choosing and maintaining your carving tools, sharpening your tools, ax work, knife grips and talking about different carving projects as well as carving wood selection. Overall I learned new things in every chapter of this book but the two I found most useful was the knife grips section and the carving techniques section.

I would recommend this book for anyone looking to get into traditional wood carving.
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