Carving found wood is the ideal book for woodcarvers who are
looking to move beyond the typical store-bought block of
basswood. Here in this book, woodcarvers will find
techniques and inspiration for turning materials supplied
directly by Mother Nature into stunning works of art.
The introduction to this book lays out the divisions in the
carving world and the need for this type of book. In the
field of woodcarving, artists use either lumbered wood that
has been cut into blocks of an appropriate size, or they use
wood in its natural form. The latter includes burls, cypress
knees, driftwood and even stumps, and is the focus of this
The co-authors of this book, carvers themselves, have spent
the past two years interviewing top artists in the
woodcarving field who exclusively use found wood for their
finished carvings. They asked each artist a standard set of
questions so that the reader can make even comparisons among
the techniques presented. They then followed up these
questions with specific questions tailored to the artist and
his or her medium of choice.
This information is organized into chapters according to
artist. Step-by-step demonstrations of specific techniques
are included as appropriate. Informative text and
photographs describe in-depth the type of found wood used,
where to obtain the wood and what tools are needed to carve
it. Clean and beautifully staged gallery photographs show
the artists' work.
In general, all carvers from beginning skill levels through
advanced will find inspiration in the coffee table-type
gallery photographs presented in this book. For intermediate
carvers who have some experience carving wood (found or
otherwise), this book will provide not only inspiration but
the step-by-step techniques and information needed for carve
exceptional found wood sculptures.