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Heirloom Wood: A Modern Guide to Carving Spoons, Bowls, Boards, and other Homewares Hardcover – March 28, 2017
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What is listed seems to be accurate but really thin. The book starts with the author admitting he's only been at this a few years. While that struck me as a little odd and disappointing, his work speaks for itself - it's beautiful. He talks about finding and choosing wood. It's nice but a little simplistic. He seems to be talking about his personal situation in Brittain which is very different to where I live. Then the book goes into the tools. I might be in the minority here but I do like that he talks only about a couple knives gouges and others. He keeps it simple and if you are reading this book, it's very likely that you are a beginner. As a beginner I love the idea that you need to develop your skills before you spend lots of money on lots of tools. One of the most important parts for beginners is the knife grips section. While I'm fairly new at carving ( but a long time woodworker) I'll say that the section here is one of the more useful. Again, it's short in actual text but the info is clear and the photos are very helpful.
Next are a few fun projects including a few spoons, a spatula, a knife and bowl. More of the same here - short simple text, nice photos - very basic.
What I was most disappointed with in this book is the lack of info about learning to read wood grain- both visually and by the feel of your knife. As a long time hand tool user, understanding the wood grain directions and how to react to it- whether taking lighter strokes, turning the object or cutting in a different manner so as to make the cleanest cuts is so so important.
I also think there's not enough info regarding cutting green wood and how keep it from checking/splitting. There could be a lot more info on the many many types of suitable woods. I'd enjoy some words about using trees/wood that you can find in urban locations. I suppose one could think of many improvements and additions this could have. That said, if you are really new to carving and you want some inspiration and or you like the "idea" of woodworking and want a book for your homemade coffee table you'll probably enjoy this book. If you are looking for an in-depth manual on carving simple objects, this won't come close.
I'd like to find one that give you some ideas/templates for spoons, tools, boards projects.
Still missing here but at least there is the rough bock size to get you started.