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The Art of Carving Netsuke
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Create your own Japanese masterpieces from the comfort of your living room. Choose from nine miniature carving projects, each one set out with detailed step-by-step photography sequenses and easy-to-follow diagrams. Complete beginners may like to try the adorable dormouse or the peaceful turtle dove. While the more advanced will have fun creating the charming monkey or the distinguished mask. This comprehensive book includes the history of this Japanese art form, tips and techniques, full list of tools and equipment, and an inspirational gallery showcasing the work of expert netsuke carvers from across the globe - everything you need to know to create your own unique pieces of Japanese culture. Peter Benson started woodcarving in 1947. Since his retirement, Peter set up the Essex School of Woodcarving in the UK providing courses for carvers of all abilities, as well as teaching woodcarving skills throughout the world. He firmly believes that anyone can carve, given the right approach and guidance.
A new title on the intricate skill of creating Japanese netsuke, traditionally created for practical reasons (to secure a valuables pouch to the sash of Japanese garments), yet now highly collectible works of art. Concise, step-by-step instructions are accompanied by numerous color photographs taking the reader through a wide range of projects. In The Art of Carving Netsuke, author and Chairman of the British Woodcarvers Association, Peter Benson, will inspire carvers of all abilities, from the relative beginner to the experienced and dedicated carver to create their own superb, miniature carvings reflecting Japanese tradition.
Japanese netsuke was traditionally created for practical reasons, to secure a valuables pouch to the sash of Japanese garments. They are now highly collectable works of art. Thanks to author and Chairman of the British Woodcarvers Association, Peter Benson, you too can learn this miniature carving style with this beautiful, concise guide that will take you through 9 step-by-step projects. The Art of Carving Netsuke covers the full process and all the techniques required for creating superb, miniature carvings reflecting this Japanese tradition. This book will inspire you - from relative beginners to the experienced and dedicated carver.
Learn the intricate skills of creating Japanese netsuke with this concise, step-by-step guide, sure to inspire you whether you are a relative beginner or an experienced and dedicated carver.
About the Author
Peter Benson, Chairman of the British Woodcarvers Association, runs courses for carvers of all abilities throughout the UK. He also travels to the United States to give seminars and talks, and is in regular demand as a judge for carving competitions. His own work centers on miniature carvings, including fantastic Japanese netsuke.
Table of Contents
Introduction The history of netsuke GETTING STARTED *Planning *Maquettes and patterns *Materials *Tools and equipment *making and modifying *Maintaining your tools *Safety *Avoiding and rectifying mistakes TECHNIQUES *Eyes *Scales *Feathers *Fur and hair *Ukibori *Adding color *Himotoshi PROJECTS *Dormouse *Turtle dove *Rabbit *Fish *Toad *Monkey *Apple *Snake *Mask GALLERY Supliers Glossary Bibliography About the author Acknowledgements Index
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