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Carving like Michel.
Michel from Lönneberga is probably the most famous little carving artist, who carved wooden men whenever he was locked in the shed after a neat prank. Today, children may not be concocting any less mischief, but the opportunities for carving and the knowledge of how to do it have become rarer. This book by Frank Egholm, who worked for many years as a handicrafts teacher in Denmark and has created a number of games and toys in wood, provides a remedy. In a short introductory section, Egholm provides information about carving knives, wood and carving techniques, and he also gives practical tips, for example on sawing, splitting, sanding, coloring and impregnating wood. By far the largest part of the book's contents, however, are the objects to be carved. Among them are animal figures, toys, jewelry and decorative objects that are simply beautiful to look at, but also practical for household use, kitchen accessories and even seating furniture. With each instruction is noted whether it is aimed at beginners, advanced or experienced carvers - so even those who are skilled in the use of the carving knife will find challenges.
Carving. Living with Wood.
The basics of woodworking and wood processing were common knowledge in earlier centuries. One could make many practical everyday objects from wood with simple means and find the raw material almost everywhere. Today, this traditional knowledge has largely disappeared. On the one hand, there are elaborate handicrafts and, on the other, industrialised mass production (especially in furniture making). But it is precisely the lost middle ground that can easily be recaptured. Carving combines many of the basics of woodworking. For this reason, when you learn carving, you learn pretty casually and almost playfully which tool to use for what purpose, which wood is better or worse suited for cutting and – quite generally – which projects agree with wood.
One of the most appealing aspects is that no one but you can determine when the object you have worked on is finished. All in all, no one can objectively assess whether you have left too much material and would have done better to remove some more in terms of “right” or “wrong”. Such artistic freedom that goes without any pressure to justify yourself is immensely liberating. In the end, we create something out of nothing with our own hands – because we want to and because we can. And while we satisfy a primal human need, we come to realise - and this too should be addressed - that what we glorify today as a romantic craft was once often a real drudgery.
We have assorted some books with this in mind. The manuals are intended to be an incentive to engage with the subject of carving creatively. Specifically, advanced carvers may find answers to the question: What can be done with green wood from the forest? Eventually, on the next walk in the woodland, we may discover quite casually and yet with a practised eye those pieces of wood that are suitable for what our imagination has already formed in thought. Later at home, in the workshop, at the campsite, by the fire in front of the camper (or wherever), we let this imagination become a reality. The result may facilitate our everyday life or make a thoughtful gift.
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