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Archive - 2011 02

Sharp point

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Michelle Robertson

25 February 2011

Have just put to bed a rather lovely article on sharpening gouges. It seems to be the one thing that carvers have the most trouble with. Some jump right in and accept it might take time to master the technique, whilst others simply shy away from it altogether, either sending their tools to manufactu ...

The joys of wood

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Michelle Robertson

23 February 2011

What is that glorious material we see and use every day, so versatile in form and used in so much of our lives, from boat building, house construction, furniture and fuel, to sports equipment, weapons, tools, medicine and art (yes art)! We all use it so much that we take it for granted and for many, ...

Incredible war panels

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Michelle Robertson

17 February 2011

Have just had the latest issue of Woodcarving (March/April, 119) back from the printers, so for those of you that subscribe, you should receive delivery in the next couple of days. Those who don"t subscribe can buy the issue next week. Anyway, am rather excited by one of the articles in particul ...

Turning carvings into bronzes

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Michelle Robertson

11 February 2011

Another article I have been working on this week involves patinating a bronze sculpture. I find the whole process of turning a carving into a bronze, highly fascinating. Not only does it look good, but it ensures a longevity of your work, and strength in material. But the whole process is not cheap  ...

Grinning Gibbons

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Michelle Robertson

9 February 2011

I have just put together a superb article from our Steve Bisco on a Grinling Gibbons armorial shield, based on one found at Trinity College, Cambridge. It reminds me just how complex and precise Gibbon was with his carvings; the way he was able to build up the many layers of complex and intricate wo ...

Art it is then?

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Michelle Robertson

4 February 2011

Ooh I had so many of you respond to my last blog on carving being regarded as an art form, which led to debate and questions as to what exactly does the word art mean? In essence you all pretty much agreed that yes carving should be accepted more in the circle of art, but what noone could agree on w ...

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