Paperback: 159 pages
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing (April 1, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
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If you are a wood carver, you must get Carving Gargoyles, Grotesques, and Other Creatures of Myth. Even if you are not into Gargoyles, the book has something for everybody. If you are familiar with Shawn Cipa's carving books, then you will be pleased to see that he is breaking new ground with fresh and unique subjects for woodcarving books by going back to a nearly lost art form. He has plucked an idea right from above our very heads, as he shows us amazing carving designs that exist on familiar buildings in many cities around the world. The research is thorough, the instruction is detailed and straight forward, and the choice of projects is smart with applications far beyond the Gargoyle theme.The introduction contains folklore behind gargoyles, grotesques, guardians, and other architectural sculptures that not only provides depth to the projects, but you will find the "step by step" projects more interesting as you learn to appreciate the artistic design and craftsmanship of medieval artist's original works in stone. Additionally, each project contains a small section on lore that gives great background when you talk to others about these terrific projects. I find more and more, that when I show a piece or make something for people, they want to know more about it, if this is true for you too, then this book has got you covered.In addition to the two main step by step projects, there are other projects that will make impressive and beautiful interior decorations. The book includes designs for a dragon grotesque that would make a very handsome book shelf sculpture. This next project has the kind of design element that will inspire you build something around it in order to showcase its beauty in the form of furniture, a cigar humidor, or a plaque.
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