By Georg Keilhofer
Scenic relief carving is the art of bringing life and depth to a carving that is essentially two dimensional. In the traditional carving of Germany this is an exquisite and beautiful technique, and now Georg Keilhofer, a master woodcarver, shares it with his readers and students. Step-by-step he takes the reader through the carving of a plaque depicting a deer running through the forest. The difficulties and challenges of relief carving and techniques for handling them are explained. Everything is illustrated with full color photographs.
Techniques, Projects & Patterns for the Beginner
By Lora Irish
If you want to master the art of relief carving, this comprehensive guidebook will teach you everything you need to know. Relief Carving Workshop takes you through every element of the relief carving process, from start to finish. Acclaimed carver and instructor Lora S. Irish shows you the easy way to learn, with step-by-step exercises on a practice board that introduces all of the essential cuts, contouring, and smoothing steps used in basic relief woodcarving. She reveals how easy it is to make each individual stroke, and shows how great relief carving simply involves using these same cuts over and over again. Clear, in-depth instructions and dozens of how-to photographs accompany 11 original new projects. You’ll learn how to handle your tools, prepare a wood surface, follow a pattern, and apply a finish. With a few sharp tools, a smooth piece of wood, and this new book, you’ll soon be confidently carving exquisite birds, portraits, dragons, landscapes, wood spirits, and more.
by Lora Irish
With this book any carver can stand beside the workbench of acclaimed artist Lora S. Irish and learn everything she has to teach about creating an expressive wood spirit. Lora clearly explains the relief carving process from start to finish: every cut, every tool change, and every depth check. The entire craft is here, from preparing the wood to roughing out and detailing the wood spirit to applying a long-lasting finish. No step is left out and no technique is left unexplained. The author shares her tips for creating realistic and detailed facial features like eyelids, windswept hair, beards, and the ever-important mustache. Best of all, when the step-by-step project is complete, Relief Carving Wood Spirits, Revised Edition offers 20 more original patterns to keep any carver busy for seasons to come.
Take your carving to the next level, as Master Woodcarver Nora Hall demonstrates the fundamentals of carving and how to properly handle the tools. She’ll show you that to become a great woodcarver, all you need are the tools, good wood, and the desire to create. Learn how to look at a carving and know how to do it intuitively. With 192 images, step-by-step, illustrated exercises are given throughout the book. Chapters include carving methods, fundamentals of letter carving, and ornamental relief carving. Woodcarvers of all skill levels will find this a wonderful resource and guide.
By William Judt
From lone wolves howling at the full moon to majestic eagles flying high over the trees to tall ships sailing across an ocean, nothing captures their grandeur like a beautifully tooled relief carving. A unique and intriguing art form, relief carving presents three dimensional subjects in panels of wood that are often less than two inches thick. Here in this book, the first of its kind on relief carving, artist and relief carving instructor Bill Judt shares with you the best this medium has to offer. Pulling on the talents of his students and his own work, Bill includes 16 relief carving projects geared toward the experienced carver. Each project includes a full color photograph, a detailed patterns and extensive notes on design and carving techniques. Whether you are new to relief carving and looking for an introduction to this fascinating art form or a relief carver searching for a book of new and challenging patters, A Relief Carving Treasury is sure to provide you with a detailed resource.
Patterns and complete instructions for 5 horses
By Kurt Koch
Horses have long been a favorite theme for carvers, and now you can learn to render these beauties in relief with master wood carver Kurt Koch. Follow the author’s demonstration for carving a horse head in high relief featuring over 150 step-by-step photographs. As you work through the demonstration, you will learn how to lay out relief carving patterns, how-to measure and mark off levels and how-to use those levels to give your carvings the illusion of depth. You will also learn techniques that can be applied to other relief projects such as cutting the initial outline, removing large areas of wood, and carving manes. Additional patterns for: Wild mustang, Bridle horse, Race horse and much more! About the author: Kurt Koch is a master woodcarver from Germany and the inventor of the Koch Sharpening System. He is the author of many internationally acclaimed books on carving and has produced training videos for beginning and master carvers.